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, transsexual, questioning and intersex (LGBTTQI) 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 and the 2011 International Outgames in Vancouver.

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.

Committee members

Melissa Chambers
Local 1004
Peter De Groot
Local 391
Michael Forrester
Local 441
Dan Gawthrop
Staff advisor
Raymond Green
Local 2052
Jacqueline Hall
Local 1622
Kathy McMahon
Diversity Vice President Representing Pink Triangle, Local 389, CUPE BC Executive Board
Michael Reed
Staff advisor
Michelle Stephen
Local 3799