Monday, January 7, 2013

January Marie Lapuz Remembered and Cries for Justice

The members of the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence joined the Transtastic Coalition for Equality and members of New Westminster's Trans, gay, lesbian and bisexual communities in a rally to remember January Marie Lapuz and to call for justice for everyone in our communities, especially those whose gender identity and expression don't fit into our society's polarized view of gender.

January was a much loved member of the community in New Westminster.  Several of her friends spoke of how deeply January had touched them and the support she so freely offered them.

In addition to remembering January, those gathered also called for justice for and greater understanding of all gender variant, transgender, transsexual, two spirit, and intersexual individuals.  When Sr. Merry Q. Contrary, the Abbey's Reverend Mother, addressed the rally, she called for a world where we all learn to approach difference from a place of curiosity rather than judgement.

The members of the Abbey send their thoughts and prayers to the friends and loved ones of January and stand proudly with all people seeking justice and building understanding of gender variant, transgender, transsexual, two spirit, and intersexual individuals.

For more information see The Straight's coverage of the rally at http://www.straight.com/news/transgender-community-and-allies-remember-january-marie-lapuz

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