LGBTQI2S+ Rights

"Sussanne is a strategic thinker, a tireless advocate, and a fighter for labour and human rights. Workers in BC are in good hands." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President

(2022-11-24)Read more

“With the ongoing rise of the far right at home in Canada, and around the world, we must be extra vigilant at pushing for legal protections for transgender and gender-expansive people and for education for the public about transgender and gender-expansive issues.” ― Bert Blundon, NUPGE President

(2022-11-18)Read more

“This isn’t some remote history. We’re talking about movements and legislation that happened within our parents’ lifetimes, and in many cases, our lifetimes.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President

(2022-10-03)Read more

"The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) remains committed to fighting against gender discrimination and inequality, including the gender pay gap, today and every day." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President

(2022-09-15)Read more

“Canada has done some great things for 2SLGBTQIA+ people, like passing Bill C-4. But there’s still work to be done. NUPGE will continue to stand in solidarity with 2SLGBTQIA+ people and push for equality for all.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

(2022-05-31)Read more

“We cannot be complacent about 2SLGBTQIA+ issues and rights.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

(2022-05-13)Read more

Just because it’s happening down there, don’t for a minute think that Canada is immune from these types of rollbacks. Every year we hear individual Conservative politicians raise the issue of abortion and push to get it on the national agenda. Under Erin O’Toole’s leadership, 81 Conservative MPs, the majority of their caucus, voted to reopen the debate on a women’s right to choose.

(2022-05-06)Read more

“Just like David, Travis, and their classmates, we have the power to stand up and say homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and any kind of hatred based on people’s identities, orientations, and gender expression is not acceptable in Canada.” — Bert Blundon, Secretary-Treasurer

(2022-04-12)Read more

"Governments and employers have no excuse not to ensure equal pay for equal work. NUPGE and its Components continue to fight for equal pay for equal work — not only for our members but for all workers." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

(2022-04-11)Read more

“With all the hatred in the world, allies need to stand up and show up for transgender people.” — Bert Blundon, Secretary-Treasurer

(2022-03-30)Read more

"While this report looks back, we are focused on the future. There will be challenges ahead but we'll face them. As we recover from the last 2 years, we remain hopeful. It's time to reimagine our world. And we will do that—together." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-12-14)Read more

“One only needs to listen to the testimony of survivors to know that conversion therapy is an abhorrent practice that has no place in Canada,” said Larry Brown, NUPGE President. “Lives are on the line. We’re happy to see the government finally take action and ban conversion therapy.”

(2021-12-08)Read more

"NUPGE urges governments to act to meet their human rights obligations on this International Day for Human Rights and to understand that these obligations go beyond their borders." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-12-07)Read more

"While the world is consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we must not forget that the HIV/AIDS pandemic is ongoing. World AIDS Day is an important moment to press for continued action to eradicate HIV/AIDS. Understanding the failures made in dealing with  AIDS can help us better deal with the current pandemic. ” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-11-29)Read more

“There’s an onus on government and law enforcement to ensure transgender and gender-diverse people feel like they can access their services safely. Trust must be rebuilt.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-11-18)Read more

"Congratulations to all the winners of our 2021 scholarships. All entries were excellent and showcased the impressive abilities and wide interests of Canadian students. We wish the winners and entrants the best of luck as they pursue their education and eventual careers.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-10-07)Read more

“LGBTQI2S+ history should have a place in our history curriculums,” said NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer, Bert Blundon. “LGBTQI2S+ history is Canadian history. It’s our duty to pass on intersectional knowledge to future generations.”

(2021-10-01)Read more

“We cannot go back in time and prevent the traumas that occurred to conversion therapy survivors, but we can ensure that no child in Canada is subjected to conversion therapy ever again.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-07-21)Read more

“We see you and we celebrate with you. Though most of us can’t be together in person this year, we’re with you.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

(2021-05-28)Read more

“The pandemic has shown once again just how important solidarity is. Solidarity between folks from different backgrounds, and solidarity between countries. When one of us is suffering, we all suffer. It’s essential that we show solidarity with our LGBT friends around the world.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-05-14)Read more