Vancouver cuts funding to rape crisis centre over trans exclusion policy

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter centre

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter centre / CTV Vancouver

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter centre will not receive city funding until the Centre amends their policy to include transgender people according to Vancouver city councillor Christine Boyle.

The women’s centre ‘services are for only for women who are born as female’ said the centre’s spokeswoman Hilla Kerner echoing the belief espoused by Transgender Exclusionary Radical Feminists or TERFs.

On Wednesday, Kerner took questions from Vancouver city councillors for nearly an hour, but was unable to stop a vote to cut public funding to the Vancouver Rape Relief after this year.

“We believe this decision was made under populist pressure and did not take into account the important work we do and have been doing for more than 45 years with women in Vancouver,” she said.

“To receive city funding, they need to be serving all women, and that includes trans women,” Boyle said

Since the vote, Boyle said she has received a lot of angry and transphobic pushback.

“It has made me especially conscious of how vulnerable transgender women and transgender are in this city.” she said.

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