SafeLink Alberta is an organization dedicated to supporting and advocating for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals. We have been closely monitoring the recent increase in anti-trans, homophobic, and anti-2SLGBTQIA+ rhetoric and sentiment in Calgary and Alberta, and we are deeply concerned about the harmful impact these actions and behaviours have on the well-being and safety of our community members.
We have been disturbed to learn of a series of hate-fueled actions in Calgary, including the disruption of the Reading with Royalty event at the Calgary Public Library and threats directed at the local 2SLGBTQIA+ bar Twisted Element. These incidents are horrifying; they not only threaten individuals but also harm the fabric of our community.
It is vital to address the misinformation and inflammatory rhetoric spreading that fuels discrimination against transgender people. The equation of drag performance and being transgender is false. Drag is an art form in which people can participate regardless of gender or sexual identity. Drag performers are an essential part of 2SLGBTQIA+ culture, and they have a long history of using performance to challenge gender norms and promote self-expression.
Gender and sexual identity are deeply personal and fundamental aspects of a person’s identity. Transgender and queer people are our neighbours, friends, family, co-workers, and community members. Transphobia and homophobia have severe negative impacts on the physical and mental health, safety, and well-being of 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, and is harmful to the transgender and queer people in our communities. We must work together to promote understanding and acceptance of all people, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
SafeLink Alberta is committed to advocating for and supporting the transgender and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. We will continue to work towards creating a world where everyone is treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. We call on all community members to join us in standing against discrimination and hate and in creating a more inclusive, empowered, and healthy community.
About SafeLink Alberta
SafeLink Alberta is an organization that works to reduce the risks associated with sexual activity and substance use. We serve and advocate for priority populations in Calgary and southern Alberta by providing education, non-judgemental services, and harm reduction programming.
Since 1983, we have been committed to supporting those affected by HIV, hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections.
About our support of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community
The HEAT program provides HIV, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infection (STI) education, awareness and prevention services to two-spirit, gay, bi, trans and queer people. To learn more about our services click here.