Members of DRPS, led by the Services' Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Unit, and Inspector Cathy Bawden, marked the Transgender Day of Remembrance Tuesday with a flag-raising ceremony in Whitby.
PFLAG Durham member and transgender activist Christine Newman spoke at the flag raising at Regional Headquarters, along with Chief Paul Martin. Both indicated how far we have come when it comes to acceptance of those in the transgender community, however, they agreed that there is still a lot of work to be done. Chief Martin indicated that bullying and abuse among any of our community members will not be tolerated by the DRPS, and we will continue to foster relationships and inclusivity.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester's death.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Flag raising (JPG file, 4,443.2K bytes)
Inspector Bawden and Christine Newman (JPG file, 2,344.5K bytes)
Christine speaks as Chief Martin and others look on (JPG file, 1,672.6K bytes)
PFLAG President and DRPS member Liza Serra (JPG file, 4,164.0K bytes)