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Vancouver Pride Society Bans Vancouver Public Library From Pride Parade

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On Tuesday, the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) announced that they are no longer allowing the Vancouver Public Library to march in this year’s Pride Parade, due to “their decision to provide a platform for discriminatory, transphobic speech.”

The VPS took issue with the Vancouver Public Library allowing “transphobic and anti-sex worker speaker Meghan Murphy to book space for an event back in January. Event speakers “asserted that trans women are not women and should not be treated as women”.

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On April 24th, 2019, the VPS attended a meeting with other individuals, community organizations, and library representatives to discuss community concerns.

In June, VPS, along with other community organizations, signed a joint letter written by the Coalition Against Trans Antagonism, which outlined “concerns with the current rental policy and requested that changes be made”.

Then on July 15th, 2019, the VPS sent a follow-up letter informing the VPL that a change to the room rental policies would not allow them to participate in the 2019 Pride Parade.

Earlier this month, the Vancouver Pride Society also rescinded the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) entry in the parade after they also allowed transphobic and anti-sex worker speaker Meghan Murphy to speak on campus.

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