As we embark on another Pride month, we look forward to the celebration of the LGBTQ2S+ community and the gains made toward complete equality. This year we have seen gay marriage recognized in Taiwan, and the World Health Organization remove “gender identity disorders” from its global manual of diagnosis. Here in Canada we are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality.
District 6 continues to take steps towards equality for our LGBTQ2S+ members. This year we have appointed the first-ever Trans Liaison to assist members through their transitions at work using the new USW Guide to transitioning at work.
June is the month to celebrate these milestones and recognize the victories of the past. It is also a month to contemplate the struggles that are still ahead. We need to continue to fight the stigma that often affects members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.
The United Steelworkers stands one hundred percent behind our LGBTQ2S+ members. We continue to fight for transition leave, parental leave and strict anti-harassment and anti-bullying policies.