MEDIA ADVISORY: TORONTO INTERSECTIONS NOW FEATURING TRANSGENDER PRIDE CROSSWALKS ON 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF TRANS FLAG
2019 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Transgender Flag, created by Monica Helms in 1999. In honour and celebration of transgender rights and visibility, City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, along with Toronto Trans Coalition Project, supported by the Church Wellesley Village BIA and the Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association, has stewarded the installation of brand new transgender flag crosswalks at the corner of Church St. and Wood St. in the heart of the Church-Wellesley Village.
The crosswalks symbolize the historical struggle that transgender and non-binary people have faced, the determination in overcoming challenges and barriers, and the continued strength required to resist any attempts to roll back LGBTQ+ rights to exist fully, freely, and authentically in Canadian society.
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Location: South-East corner of Church Street & Wood Street (411 Church Street)
- City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 13, Toronto Centre
- Susan Gapka, Trans Activist, Chair of the Toronto Trans Coalition Project, Recipient of the Key to the City
- Stephanie McCracken, Executive Director of the Church-Wellesley Village BIA
- Connie Langille, Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Transgender Pride Flag, a blue, pink, and white striped flag was designed by Monica Helms, a transgender woman, activist, and author. Today, Helms’ original flag is displayed in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, where it is now part of the LGBTQ+ history collection. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.
This project was championed by the Toronto Trans Coalition Project and supported by the Church Wellesley Village BIA, Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association, and Councillor Wong-Tam.
Media contact: Lisa Brody Hoffman, Office of Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, [email protected], 647-332-5449