At the Intersection of Equity and Innovation: Trans Inclusion in the City of Vancouver

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Date created
2023-05-22
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Abstract
In 2016, the Vancouver City Council passed the Supporting Trans* Equality and an Inclusive Vancouver policy, a motion that prompted the development of a strategy aimed at ensuring the safety and accessibility of municipal programs, services, and physical spaces for Two-Spirit, trans, and gender-diverse (TGD2S) users, including residents, City staff, and visitors. Binary gender is a taken-for-granted assumption of most urban forms and functions: It is encoded in all municipal data collection forms, building codes, signage, and communication strategies. At its root, then, addressing trans inclusion requires the municipal government to attend to and redesign the gendered models of service, programs, and space upon which the city is built. This article tells the story of the Supporting Trans* Equality and an Inclusive Vancouver policy and is driven by two goals. First, I document this policy as a contribution to the urban policy and planning literature, where attention to gender diversity is due. Second, using the trans inclusion strategy, I show how a municipal equity policy aimed at addressing the safety and inclusion of TGD2S people can have significant impacts beyond its immediate scope. To develop this idea, I consider how equity-driven innovation can substantially reshape institutional practices.
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Identifier
DOI: 10.17645/up.v8i2.6461
Publication title
Urban Planning
Document title
At the Intersection of Equity and Innovation: Trans Inclusion in the City of Vancouver
Date
2023-05-22
Volume
8
Issue
2
First page
223
Last page
234
Publisher DOI
10.17645/up.v8i2.6461
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Yes
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