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Pink Triangle Working Group

CUPE BC’s Pink Triangle Working Group (PTWG) is one of four working groups within the Committee Against Racism and Discrimination (CARD). Its purpose is to promote safe workplaces and to fight homophobia, transphobia and other forms of discrimination against lesbian, gay, transgender, two-spirited, transsexual, questioning and intersex (LGBT+) workers, both on the job and in society.

Apart from assisting CUPE in developing awareness-raising courses and materials for activists, the PTWG has also helped organize a province-wide LGBTTQI conference, as well as a provincial human rights conference that had a significant LGBTTQI component. Working group members participate in annual summer pride parades and the International Day Against Homophobia (May 17), as well as special initiatives such as CUPE National’s HIV/AIDS project.

The PTWG has lobbied CUPE BC and CUPE National to incorporate a Pride component into CUPE educational programs and has assisted in the production of various educational materials. Beyond the union, it has identified the need to promote the health, welfare and general well being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual seniors in our communities as well as promoting gay-straight alliances for youth in schools. 

Member Contact Information

Hall, Jacqueline - Chair - Local 1622
Stephen, Michelle - Co-chair - Local 3799
Chambers, Mel - Local 1004
De Groot, Peter - Local 391
Duncan-Green, Raymond - Local 2052
Forrester, Michael - Local 441
McMahon, Kathy - Local 389
Gawthrop, Dan - Staff Advisor
Reed, Michael - Staff Advisor


Links

CUPE BC

Our Leaflet
2015 Pride parade coverage
2014 Pride parade coverage

CUPE National

National Pink Triangle Committee
NPTC report to 2015 Convention (video)

Canadian  Labour Congress

LGBTQ Issues and Research Page

Pride Links

Vancouver Pride Society
Okanagan Pride Society
Victoria Pride Society
Pride Prince George
New West Pride
Nanaimo Pride Society
Salt Spring Pride

More Links

International Day against Homophobia (May 17)
Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere (EGALE)
Multi-Union Pride in B.C. - Facebook page
Qmunity – B.C.’s queer resource centre
The Gay and Lesbian Business Association of Greater Vancouver
Purple Roofs (gay travel site)
Gay and Lesbian Association - North Society
Trans Alliance Society
Dancing to Eagle Spirit Society (two-spirit organization)
BC Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf
Rainbow Refugee
Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre

Teen Support

The Trevor Project
Tim Gunn (It Gets Better)
Tim Gunn (It Got Better)
Kevin Keller - Archie Comic's First Gay Kiss