In Vancouver, women are second-class citizens. The city that rescinded grant for woman-only rape shelter intends to spend $3.8 million to create a facility that is only for transgender people. Vancouver city council, the same council that garnered international outrage after it stripped funding from Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter (VRR) for being female-only, has now invested CAD $3.8 million into housing for transgender-identified people. The first single-resident-occupancy (SRO) that is specifically and only for those persons who identify as transgender, gender diverse, or two-spirited. The Ross-Aoki House will be in Downtown Eastside, and will have room for 24 residents. The city used funds from its Empty Home Tax to buy the 24-bed Ross-Aoki House, which will be staffed by the non-profit organization Atira. In its 2021 budget, council identified their intention to focus on “equity and critical social issues.”
Gender & Sexuality
“The View” co-host Joy Behar gave a confused response to the sexual harassment allegations against Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday, saying that Democrats should “ignore everything” and hope the scandal goes away while also calling for an investigation into the claims. A third woman accused Cuomo late Monday of unwanted advances, and calls for Cuomo to resign have grown louder amid dueling scandals over allegations of improper behavior toward women and his handling of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
A committee tasked with developing Calgary’s anti-racism strategy is hoping to recruit two more members to add an “anti-racist feminism” perspective to the group. The February 10 request was filed to be brought before Calgary’s Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development meeting this Monday. “This report proposes an increase to the composition of the committee by the addition of two members who can bring expertise in an anti-racist feminist perspective,” writes the Anti-Racism Action Committee report. “The Committee was established to be diverse, inclusive and a reflection of Calgary’s residents. The current composition of the committee is lacking representation from this sector of Calgary residents.”
Should children be given life-altering treatments to help them transition from one gender to another, including puberty blockers and body-mutilating surgeries? Should doctors be encouraged to allow minors to make a choice that will block their physical development and ability to have children when they get older? Is there evidence that doing so might do more harm than good? These are weighty medical and ethical questions that a responsible and compassionate society would vigorously debate. After all, what’s at stake isn’t the right of adults to live as they please, but the well-being of children, something that ought to transcend ideologies and political agendas. But America in 2021 isn’t such a society. In recent years, acceptance of those who define themselves as transgendered has become widespread. That’s something that’s compatible with the basically libertarian instincts of most Americans.