Trans March 2023 INFO
WHY SHOULD WE MARCH?
Because our lives are precious.
Because our bodily autonomy is ours.
Because our rights are under attack.
Because our joy is worth celebrating.
Regardless of your reasons, join us and let’s march together! Everybody is welcome to join us. We are stronger together and we’ll always be stronger than those who try to eliminate us or force us back into the closet.
AUGUST 5 2023
PLACE DU “CANADA”
- The improvement and expansion of access to gender affirming healthcare throughout Quebec, in particular:
- For hormone replacement therapy and hormone blockers to be covered by RAMQ insurance, in its all forms;
- For all gender affirming surgeries to be covered by RAMQ (FFS, voice surgery, breast augmentation, etc.);
- For other forms of gender affirming care, such as electrolysis for facial hair removal, to be covered;
- For people without access to RAMQ to still have access to gender affirming-care without any barriers
- For community members who ask for an X gender marker to be able to receive it without delay, especially at the SAAQ and RAMQ;
- That elected officials denounce the rise in anti-trans hate and transphobia, and take legislative and executive action on it, such as stopping funding to groups advocating against the existence of trans people;
- Continual and increased investment in trans community organizations that support us and that offer relevant trainings to non-trans groups. This includes specifically funding:
- Community and social services for trans people;
- Organizations that provide adequate and knowledgeable legal support and representation for trans migrants and sex workers;
- Training for workers in shelters about trans realities and experiences to ensure acceptance and non-discrimination against unhoused trans people, especially transfeminine, migrant, racialized, Black, and Indigenous people, as well as the creation of shelters specifically for trans, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming people;
- Training for all health and social service providers about trans realities and experiences to ensure safe access to care for all trans people, in particular transfeminine, trans migrant, racialized, Black, and Indigenous trans people.
- The creation of a process for trans protected persons to access new, semi-authentic birth certificates from the Quebec government so that those who do not have access to their original legal documents can change their names.
- The decriminalization of sex work and the removal of the federal prohibition against sex work for refugees. This must include an end to the “over application of human trafficking laws across Canada, resulting in the profiling, detention, and deportation of migrant sex workers” (Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform, 2017);
- The inclusion of sex workers who have been criminalized in upcoming federal regularization programs
- The creation of subsidized housing for displaced trans people from their traditional neighbourhoods, particularly in downtown Montreal, including Le Village and along Rue Ontario.
We use the word “trans” in this document as a shorthand for people who may experience their gender or lack thereof as something existing outside of cissexuality or that is commonly coded that way. This includes – but is not limited to – those who identify with labels such as trans, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, nonbinary, agender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and many others. We understand that not everyone relates to or uses the term “trans” to describe themselves. The organizing team strives to be inclusive and inviting of people of all genders and gendered experiences, and we recognize that the complexity of human existence and experiences of gender goes far beyond what this team is capable of naming. We welcome any feedback on how to make this or subsequent marches more inclusive.
- The march will last between 60 and 90 minutes.
- Participants are asked to wear masks when possible.
- Walking speed will be particularly reduced to around 2.5 km/h, and there will be two stopping points along the route (see map).
- Individuals with reduced mobility are invited to lead the march, and set the pace.
- Several wheelchairs are provided on site, and we will be able to reimburse the cost of rental of these and/or other orthopedic equipment up to $50 per person.
- We’ll have earplugs and noise-cancelling earmuffs.
- All speeches in French will have LSQ interpretation, and all speeches in English will have ASL interpretation.
- Transport tickets (zones A,B,C) will be provided to anyone needing them.
- We’ll provide mobile water stations and snacks.
- First-aid and naloxone kits are available on-hand, talk to the people with the bright pink patches.
CELESTE TRIANON (she/they)
Celeste is a transfeminist activist working across the country. Among many endeavours to break down administrative and juridical barriers for trans people, she runs a travelling legal clinic for people looking to change their name & gender marker, and is a key organizer of the Montreal Trans March (this one right here)!
ALEXE FRÉDÉRIC MIGNEAULT (they/them)
In mid-2022, Alexe was among one of the first to successfully change their gender marker to the newly announced “X” with the Directeur de l’état civil, which manages official documents within the province such as birth, death, & marriage certificates. And yet, when requesting this same change with the RAMQ for a new health card, their request -like everyone else’s- was denied. In protest of the RAMQ’s continued failure to recognize gender diverse people within the province, Alexe is on their second of two hunger strikes, and remains vocal about the issue with the press.
In January 2021, Quebec announced its plans to introduce the X as an option for people looking to change their official gender designation within the province. The option has been available since June 2022 for provincial records, and yet, over a year later, it is still impossible for these designations to appear on SAAQ driver’s licences or RAMQ cards (the only two recognized photo IDs in Quebec). Both services cite technological limitations and “lack of authorization”, and yet neither have offered temporary solutions in the 2.5 years since the change was announced. Additionally, transgender people waiting on M or F designations from the RAMQ have faced long wait times, again with no temporary solutions offered. No excuse pardons the further isolation of trans people from the already stigmatising healthcare system. We deserve better.
One cannot discuss the trans history of Montreal without mentioning Café Cléopâtre. Since 1976, their 2nd-floor cabaret has hosted a variety of events putting transgender performers in the spotlight. This was doubly important in an era where trans people still commonly faced discrimination within the larger queer community, leading them away from the Village to Montreal’s then Red Light district. The connection between sex work and the trans community is a crucial one, and still to this day Café Cléopâtre remains the beating heart of both in the city, in spite of countless battles fought against expropriation and gentrification over the years. Café Cléopâtre stands strong.
These are some general tips for safer marching. We hope you won’t have to use them, but just in case of escalation or something changing to make the situation unsafe:
- If you’ve encountered conflict or a situation that could potentially be unsafe, please let the volunteers know. Do not talk to the police.
- Don’t talk to media; direct them to march organizers. Please definitely let a volunteer know if media is harassing anyone or asking inappropriate questions!
- Stay hydrated! We have water available for you to refill your bottle or grab a cup
- If eyes are exposed to pepper spray or tear gas, tilt head sideways and rinse each eye with water
- Turn off face ID and touch ID on your phone and set a passcode instead
- If you are detained or arrested, the only information you need to provide to police is your name, address, and date of birth. You have the right to speak with a Legal Aid lawyer, free of charge, by calling 1-800-842-2213, regardless of whether or not you qualify for legal aid.
- Leave the march in groups if you can, especially if you’re leaving before the end of the march.
- Anything else bothering you? Let one of the volunteers know and they will see how they may be able to help you.
FESTIVE COMMUNITY DINNER
Refreshments + Food
Vegan, gluten free, nut free, meat options