CUPE Ontario 'unstoppable' in providing public services to the Queer Nation



    TORONTO, June 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Union of Public Employees
(CUPE) Ontario and its members at over two dozen agencies in Toronto are
unstoppable when it comes to providing vital and sometimes specially-tailored
public services to the Queer and Trans communities in Toronto, and to fighting
to ensure that those services are kept strong.
    That's the message that CUPE Ontario and its members will send as they
march in both the Dyke March and the Pride Parade under the theme "Public
Services for the Queer Nation."
    "We want everyone to know how proud we are to be an integral part of the
Queer and Trans communities," says Fred Hahn, the first gay-elected
Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Ontario. "Our members know how important the
unique needs of Queer and Trans folks are to making Toronto a strong city and
we are committed to delivering those services."
    "When it comes to health needs, we've got the community covered, staffing
agencies including the AIDS Committee of Toronto, Voices of Positive Women,
PWA Toronto and the Y.M.C.A.," says Hahn. "We support queer and trans
communities through our work at the 519 Centre, Central Neighbourhood House,
Dixon Hall and Social Services at Wellesley and Jarvis among others."
    CUPE members also include a number of diverse groups including Fudger
House for seniors, Anduyhaun for native women, and Operation Springboard for
youth. Its workers also ensure safe, quality education at the Church Street
Public School, Ryerson and U of T.
    As a testament to the union's commitment on Queer and Trans issues like
fighting for full coverage of costs for sex reassignment surgery, CUPE Ontario
President Sid Ryan and Executive Board members will join Hahn in Sunday's
Pride Parade.
    CUPE Ontario's Pink Triangle Committee continues to push the envelope
when it comes to ensuring that the rights of Queer and Trans people are upheld
in workplaces and providing education to fight homophobia, adds Hahn.




For further information:

For further information: Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647)
225-3685; Fred Hahn, Secretary-Treasurer, CUPE Ontario, (416) 540-3979

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