VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – A well-known Vancouver transgender advocate is taking her voice to the Victoria area. Morgane Oger is calling on the city of Oak Bay to take a stand against intolerance.
This comes as an anti-transgender speaker holds an event Thursday evening in a space rented from the city.
“This is awful, that this is being tolerated … that our elected officials are abdicating their responsibilities,” she said.
She believes the city allowing the event to happen in community centre space creates a slippery slope. “What happens is our public facilities are at risk of losing the ability to keep hate groups out of their spaces — unless they keep all hate groups out.”
Oak Bay’s mayor says council sought advice and was told there was no legal reason to rescind the room rental. The anti-SOGI speaker is supported by Culture Guard, a vocal anti-transgender group in the Fraser Valley.
For those following the debate over an anti-SOGI/anti-transgender speaker's event in an #Oakbay rental space tonight, @BCGreens @AJWVictoriaBC's office (this is in his riding) says he'll be at the counter-event Mayor @MurdochOakBay's hosting at Willows Beach tonight. #yyj #lgbtq
— LizaYuzda (@LizaYuzda) May 2, 2019
Oger says the argument that everyone is entitled to an opinion doesn’t stand up when that opinion espouses discrimination.
The Human Rights Tribunal case recently found a man discriminated against Oger and engaged in hate speech.