In response to the planned protests tomorrow – Wednesday, Sept 20 – by a coalition of anti-trans and far-right groups, a united front of parents’ groups, community allies, 2SLGBTQIA+ organizations and labour organisations, including OPSEU/SEFPO, are taking part in “No Space for Hate in Ontario” rallies across Ontario.
Let’s show trans children and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community we stand with them against the rise of organised hate targeting them.
Everyone deserves to be who they are and feel safe and supported at school, work, or in their community.
So let’s stand together on Wednesday with love, solidarity and hope in our hearts — not fear.
Here is a list of known and confirmed peaceful rallies in support of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities for September 20, 2023.
Please join a rally in your area.
Important: Once there, please follow the lead and instruction of the community group and local organisers at the event. Please heed all security recommendations and stay safe.
Reminder: The safety of participants is the utmost priority.
When you’re with others, you’re safer – so stick with your group and organizers. There is strength in numbers!
- Do not engage with counter demonstrators.
- De-escalate when confronted.
All start times are listed in EST:
Barrie City Hall, 70 Collier St, Barrie, ON L4M 4T5
Mohawk Park, Brantford, ON N3S 6S5
Halton District School Board, 2050 Guelph Line
Victoria Hall, 55 King St W, Cobourg, ON K9A 2M2
DDSB Board Office, 400 Taunton Road, Whitby ON
Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden St, Guelph, ON N1H 3A1
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, 20 Education Court, Hamilton, Ontario L9A 0B9
Confederation Park, Kingston, ON K7L 2Z1
9:00AM – 12:00PM
Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge
Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 4G7
1250 Dundas Street, London, ON N5W 5P2
Living Arts Drive Between City Centre and Princess Royal
Supreme Court – 301 Wellington
808 2nd Avenue East Owen Sound
Sarnia City Hall
255 Christina St. North
Tom Davies Square (Paris & Brady St.)
8:00 AM- 12:00PM
Queens Park (next to the boarded-up Statue)
Barbara Hall Park
519 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9
78 Riverside Dr W, Windsor, ON N9A 0A3
If you and other supporters of love are comfortable having photos taken, please send them to OPSEUCommunications@opseu.org so we can showcase our solidarity and love!
JP Hornick and Laurie Nancekivell