Furstenau statement on the erosion of trans rights and gender-affirming care

February 26, 2024

Lək̓ʷəŋən [Lekwungen] territory / Victoria BCSonia Furstenau, leader of the B.C. Greens today voiced her concerns about Alberta’s proposed policy changes affecting transgender youth. Furstenau released the following statement reaffirming the B.C. Green Party's commitment to supporting trans and queer communities: 

"Alberta’s proposed policy changes, which target transgender youth, have raised significant concerns among the trans and queer communities, including the potential spread of these policies to other provinces. Disinformation about gender-affirming healthcare is spreading across Canada, causing significant harm to vulnerable communities. The B.C. Greens stand in unwavering support of the rights and well-being of the trans and queer communities, as well as the parents and families of trans and queer children". 

“While I recognize most political parties in British Columbia uphold the rights of the trans and gender-diverse community, I want to emphasize how critical it is for all political leaders to reject disinformation. We cannot serve British Columbians if we put ideology above the lived experience of some of our most vulnerable communities and subject-matter experts." 

Furstenau further emphasized the B.C. Green Party's dedication to preventing the spread of harmful policies, stating, "We are committed to doing everything in our power to safeguard British Columbians from the introduction and spread of harmful policies that negatively impact the LGBTQ2iA+ community. We urge the B.C. NDP government to urgently expand healthcare services to include accessible, comprehensive gender-affirming care to vulnerable youth in the Northwest Territories, who are currently dependent on specialist healthcare services and policies in Alberta.”

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