March 22, 2019

Many Women’s Shelters Across Canada Support Trans Women

“People in crisis recognize people in crisis.” In the last week, news of the city of Vancouver’s decision to gradually end a yearly grant to Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter resulted in emotions running high, with both sides calling the other discriminatory. Those against Vancouver Rape Relief believe its policies are transphobic, while VRR issued a statement saying that “Vancouver City Council’s decision is intended to coerce us to change our position and practice of offering some of our core services only to women who are born female.” VRR’s stance is not indicative of Canada’s violence against women (VAW) shelter sector as a whole. The VAW sector grew out...
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