The Vancouver Park Board (VPB) has approved a funding increase for programs directed towards transgender, gender-diverse, and two-spirited people (TGD2S).
The decision came during the Park Board’s general meeting on November 19 – one day before the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20.
In a November 13 recommendation, the VPB proposed that the “Vancouver Park Board contribute $30,000 from the Corporate Sponsorship Fund to support the expansion of Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two-Spirit (TGD2S) arts and culture and parks through new access and inclusion focussed initiatives delivered in partnership with the Queer Arts Festival.”
The VPB committed to increasing the amount and allocated $35,000 to the cause.
Part of the funding will go towards building a partnership with the Queer Arts Festival and supporting initiatives such as community engaged workshops, developing staff training focusing on the importance of the arts in enabling diverse perspectives, and working to draw a larger audience to the annual festival.
“We have lots of great arts programming and great programming for the trans community – this is bringing them together,” Donnie Rosa of the Vancouver Parks Board, told Daily Hive.
“Partnering with the Queer Arts Festival who already do such a great job, can further our mandate to make sure the trans community feels safe.”