VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A Vancouver school board candidate is being recognized by the Governor General of Canada for her work advocating for LGBTQ rights.
Morgane Oger is receiving the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada for her work on transgender rights and education.
She said she’s pleased to be recognized for her work.
“It feels really, really really nice. We don’t live in a day and age where medals come about very often, and the campaign to bring equality still has a lot of road ahead of us,” she says.
One of those issues is SOGI 123, she says. There is currently a sizable push-back against educating people about gender equality of transgender people in schools using this resource in the province.
Thank you, Education Minister @Rob_Fleming for standing at the side of all students and sending a strong message that every learner and stakeholder can expect BC school to be safe and inclusive.@bctf @BCSups @BCCPAC @BCSTA_News #SOGI #SOGI123 #Trans #bced https://t.co/rgfXh8eIZ0
— Morgane Oger – Candidate for VSB (@MorganeOgerBC) September 30, 2018
But she says shes not going to let the detractors stop her from doing her work.
“You get a lot of negative attention when you do the kind of work I have been doing for a number of years,” she says. “People who hear about this are in neighbourhoods or areas that don’t support their identity, they can feel stronger today. Today they can know that they are equally valued by our country as a whole, the entire country at the highest level.”
– With files from Taran Parmar