CUPE BC’s Pink Triangle Committee's 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 BC in developing awareness-raising courses and materials for activists, the Committee has also helped organize a province-wide LGBTTQI conference, as well as a provincial human rights conference that had a significant LGBTTQI component. Committee members participate in annual summer Pride marches 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 Committee 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

Mel (Meilissa) Chambers
Local 1004
Dean Coates
Alternate Diversity Vice President Representing Pink Triangle, Local 441
Cheryl Colborne
Staff Advisor, Local Staff-BCRO/Div
Michael Forrester
Alternate Diversity Vice President Pink Triangle, Local 441, CUPE BC Executive Board
Joyce Griffiths
Diversity Vice President Pink Triangle, Local 389, CUPE BC Executive Board
Rolanda Lavallee
Alternate Regional Vice President North
Kathy Mcmahon
Local 389, CUPE BC Executive Board
Nazanin Moghadami
Local 1936
Craig Pavelich
Local 3338
Richard Silva
Local 4078
Michelle Stephen
Local 3799
Quinn Storm
Local 2052
Harry Young
Local 2950