March 31, 2021

Trans* Day of Visibility

International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual day dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination face by transgender people worldwide and to celebrate their contributions to our global society.

Message from Kamloops Pride President - Katelyn Boughton

I grew up in the 80's and 90's and did not know that transgender people existed. I did not understand both my attraction to women, and my desire to be one. I just knew that others did not think or feel this way. Neither in my day-to-day life, or in the media, did I see anyone that looked like I wanted to, or thought like I did. It wasn't until the late 90's and early 2000's that I started to learn who I was and what everything meant using resources I found online.  I was alive for over 3 decades before I truly knew who I was and what I needed to do to live an authentic life. Transgender Day of Visibility is important to bring visibility to the Trans* community, our lives and our contributions to society.  I know as a young Transwoman, seeing more role models would have helped me find myself sooner. Days like today are important for anyone questioning their gender identity no matter their age, to remember all the trailblazers that came before us, and all those who are currently leading the charge for more inclusion and visibility in society.

Message from Kamloops Pride Secretary - Cait Orteza

Transgender Day of Visibility, to me, is a day where we are all welcomed to celebrate the bravery, courage, and strength of Trans individuals who are living their truth. It is also a day where we are welcomed to celebrate the bravery, courage, and strength of Trans individuals who - for various reasons and in varying degrees - are unable to live their full truth. We are challenged to critically reflect on our ways of knowing, biases, and comfort zones; we are urged to unsettle, (un)learn, and (re)connect. Finally, as a non-binary person, TDoV is an annual reminder that I am enough exactly as I am, and so are you.


Kamloops Pride

We are a non-profit organization supporting people who identify on the gender and sexuality spectra.  This includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+) individuals living in the Kamloops region.  

Our mission statement is to promote a more flourishing LGBTQ2S+ community and support gay culture in Kamloops.  Regardless of how you identify on the gender, identity or sexuality spectrum - we welcome you!  We are here to serve the diverse community within Kamloops and strive to advocate on behalf of people who experience discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.  Through our work, we hope to promote equity for all.  

Land Acknowledgement

We, Kamloops Pride acknowledge that our events and work is held on the traditional and unceded territory lands of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc. We take this opportunity to thank them for their stewardship of these lands and to convey our respect for the relationship that they have maintained and cherished with their territory.


Need some entertainment to pass your time during this pandemic? Looking for new books or movies to watch? Check out our new recommendations section that will be updated monthly, with media that members of the board recommend. You will find both Children and Adult books, as well as a movie. Enjoy!

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