Locals offer thoughts on Transgender Day of Remembrance
Canby City Council members met Wednesday, Nov. 20, to discuss several items, as well as to cancel some meetings and wait until the next meeting to appoint three to the open Traffic and Safety Committee seat.
But first, council members heard from four women who noted that Nov. 20 was the Transgender Day of Remembrance. According to those speaking, there have been 331 people killed so far this year nationwide because they identified themselves as transgender. They talked a lot about diversity and inclusion.
Amira Stanley talked about a speech she had heard describing diversity as being invited to the party; inclusion as being asked to dance; equity as being asked to pick the next song; and social justice as being asked to plan the next party. She said that people that are different want to be accepted as well as everyone else.
She further noted that she and Mayor Brian Hodson had met and talked several times and she called him an "awesome person" and suggested that he and the council "take charge of change" and get some diversity training.
The other three women also discussed diversity and inclusion and noted that people who are transgender are too often bullied and that violence surrounds them.
Councilor Shawn Varwig spoke about their entire message.
"I'm going to take this letter [read by Sarah Rodriguez] to heart. It makes me sad that people are afraid to come here. This should never be a place where people are scared to come," he said and apologized if his comments had scared anyone.
Meetings and cancellations
Council members talked about their meetings listed for Wednesday, Dec. 18 and Thursday, Jan. 2.
After the discussion, they decided to hold the Dec. 18 meeting because it would load too many items onto the next agenda. However, they did cancel the Jan. 2 meeting because some people might still be on vacation.
They also cancelled the vote on one resident that applied for the Traffic and Safety Committee because after they had put it on the agenda, two other people had applied for the seat. They will hold a meeting with all three applicants to determine which one fits best.
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