1. I am extremely supportive of all these initiatives and think we must look for other ways to demonstrate that anti-2SLGBTQ are not only discouraged but also not tolerated. I am a proud supporter of pride initiates and always do my part to provide safe and inclusive spaces for all members of this community. I will continue to do this regardless of the election outcome. I will continue to promote awareness, education and work towards Pembroke becoming an inclusive community.
2. I believe in accountability. We must start holding people responsible for their inappropriate and dangerous behaviours. A city council must protect all members of their community especially those most vulnerable. We have to take deliberate action to demonstrate that we do not tolerate this behaviour and city council must set the example for this.
We also have to create more overtly safe spaces for the 2SLGBTQ community. More places like Studio Dreamshare, psychotherapist, healthcare providers that can hold space for the needs of this community. We have to train individuals to address the cultural needs of 2SLGBTQ individuals and that should start with the city. We also need a space to just listen to hear about the needs and the experiences of individuals before we can move anything forward.
3. This question nests into the response from the previous question. I absolutely will and am committed to all pride initiatives. I will continue to provide a healthcare setting that is safe and inclusive, I will continue to hold space to listen, I will continue to educate myself and participate in events and build relationships with the Pflag and Pride groups.