Transgender march moves ahead

Organizers will host the first Trans Pride March in Kelowna Aug. 11.

As part of the Okanagan Pride Festival in August, organizers will host the first Trans Pride March in Kelowna Aug. 11.

Starting at the Sails sculpture at the foot of Bernard Avenue downtown at 6:30 p.m. and proceeding to the Laurel Packinghouse at the corner of Cawston Avenue and Ellis Street, the march will be followed by the #Stand4Trans in the Okanagan event.

“For many years the rights of the transgender community have largely been ignored with most of the focus and advocacy being for gay and lesbian equality,” said Okanagan Pride president Wilbur Turner.

“It is time for us all to come together and create visibility and to provide education and awareness around transgender equality, rights and freedoms. While there are protections in the law against discrimination, unfortunately for the trans community it has little effect.”