PHABC and POVC value and advocate for 2SLGBQTIA+ rights

The Public Health Association of BC (PHABC) and Prevention of Violence Canada (POVC) recognize that people who identify as 2SLGBQTIA+ continue to face barriers to accessing equitable, safe, and reliable resources to health care and education.

Contrary to the anti-SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) protestors’ rhetoric, youth who experience inequitable access to these fundamental rights suffer mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

All children have the right to safe spaces, inclusive education, and an impenetrable sense of belonging. These foundational rights lay the groundwork for healthy adults of all genders who can meaningfully contribute to our communities.

PHABC and POVC actively reject all policies of discrimination, harm and hate. PHABC and POVC continue to advocate, support and advance 2SLGBQTIA+ rights within systemic, structural and political platforms.

PHABC is a provincial organization dedicated to advancing valuable public health policies, projects, and programs, both nationally and internationally. POVC is a national organization committed to progressing peace and justice, and condemning all forms of violence. Both PHABC and POVC echo Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s sentiments: 2SLGBQTIA+ identities are valid and valued.

PHABC and POVC stands against all forms of hate speech, misinformation and disinformation.


Shannon Turner
Executive Director
Public Health Association of BC
Prevention of Violence Canada


Sarah Burke
Prevention of Violence Canada


Irvin Waller
National Advisor, Past Co-chair
Prevention of Violence Canada