The Pride Report

Human Rights Champion Joins Team at Moose Jaw Pride

Transgender rights advocate and educator, Laura Budd, has been hired as the Education Coordinator for Moose Jaw Pride’s “Saskatchewan Pride Network” project.

Since 2014, Budd has worked to change provincial legislation to allow transgender people to change the gender markers on government issued identification without having to undergo Sex Reassignment Surgery.
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In February of this year, a judge from the Court of Queen’s Bench ruled that the legislation violated human rights and issued a consent order stating that the surgery was no longer required for adults. New legislation on gender markers was introduced and passed by the Saskatchewan Government in June.

In May, Budd’s Human Rights complaint resulted in Saskatchewan Health making a donation to Moose Jaw Pride to settle the case.

Joe Wickenhauser, Executive Director for Moose Jaw Pride, said that after the organization received a $50,000 grant from the Community Initiatives Fund for the Saskatchewan Pride Network project, he contacted Budd about the position.

“Laura truly believes in the work we’re doing and we wanted her to be a part of it. She has so much passion and dedication to the LGBT+ community, we know she will change this province for the better.” Wickenhauser said.

The Saskatchewan Pride Network, funded by the Community Initiatives Fund, is a project which aims to transform Moose Jaw Pride’s regional pride program into a provincial strategy for LGBT+ inclusion and diversity. The project will host diversity training and community events in seven target locations including: Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Estevan, Yorkton, Prince Albert and Humboldt.

Budd said she was excited to join Moose Jaw Pride and eager to start work on the Saskatchewan Pride Network.

“Over the last several years I have seen how education, communication and love can help a community embrace the LGBTQI+ persons of Saskatchewan,” she said.

The Saskatchewan Pride Network began its initial community consultations this week with LGBT+ people and supporters in Prince Albert and Humboldt, with more planned over the coming week.

“The ultimate goal is to create a more inclusive province where all persons are celebrated and respected so that they may be who they are and love who they love in the community that they live,” Budd said.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Laura Budd
Education Coordinator
Moose Jaw Pride
laura@moosejawpride.ca
306-795-5044

Joe Wickenhauser
Executive Director
Moose Jaw Pride
joe@moosejawpride.ca
306-514-8565

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