President's statement on Trans Day of Visibility

Dozens of people hold a giant trans flag outside of Hatley Castle in honour of Trans Day of Visibility.

"On this Trans Day of Visibility, we celebrate the lives and accomplishments of Transgender, Two-Spirit, Non-Binary and Gender Non-Conforming people. 

"Our communities are better for the many and meaningful contributions of Trans+ people — including here in our Royal Roads University community.

"Diversity is our strength and Royal Roads remains committed to enhancing the inclusion and engagement of people of diverse backgrounds and experiences in all aspects of university life.

"Increased visibility of Trans+ people in our communities and in the media can help raise awareness, change attitudes and is key to securing safety and rights. While this is a day to celebrate and raise awareness, increased visibility can also lead to increased prejudice and bigotry. The safety of Trans+ adults and youth is under threat right now, as they are targeted by anti-trans rhetoric, legislation and violence. 

"I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Diversity Action Group, a committee made up of students, faculty and staff who are committed to creating a safe, inclusive and equitable community at Royal Roads.

"We will continue to make visible our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming place for people — a place to feel seen, loved and accepted as our true and full selves. Whether you are visible to the world, to a few people or just to yourself, we are glad you’re here."

President Philip Steenkamp

Dr. Philip Steenkamp is president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads University.