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Oak Bay shouldn't rent city space to anti-transgender speaker, says advocate

Last Updated May 2, 2019 at 4:32 pm PDT

FILE: Morgane Oger applauds during an announcement at the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C. Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward
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'Our elected officials are abdicating their responsibilities,' said Morgane Oger

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.

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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.

Oger says the argument that everyone is entitled to an opinion doesn’t stand up when that opinion espouses discrimination.

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The Human Rights Tribunal case recently found a man discriminated against Oger and engaged in hate speech.