#GIDYVR postponed

news update – march 19, 2020

Coalition Against Trans Antagonism’s work is conducted on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, which include the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, & Səl̓ílwətaɁɬ nations (colonially known as vancouver, canada).

CATA seeks to work in solidarity with Indigenous peoples in the struggle for autonomy and self-determination. we understand the gender binary is a colonial construct and affirm the diversity of gender identity and gender expression of people around the world, especially those who are reclaiming identities and roles lost, erased, and vilified due to colonization.

welcome to our first official newsletter!

happy Spring Equinox! what a Winter it has been.

a lot has been going on over the past few days and weeks. as information and reality changes rapidly, we hope folks are giving care to yourselves and those around you. much of our work is now up in the air, so we hope you bear with us as the days and weeks unfold.

#GIDYVR postponed due to COVID-19

on Thursday, March 12th, the provincial government announced a ban on gatherings larger than 250 people. in the midst of organizing a read-in and rally, CATA anticipated the cancellation of VPL rentals as a result. the next day, CATA was able to confirm that the fascist TERF/SWERF talk scheduled for March 21st was to be postponed. (we’re currently being accused by Moophy of having someone at the VPL “working for us on the inside” despite their own organizer “leaking info” on their own facebook page.)

we’re relieved. unfortunately, the VPL is not off the hook. and sooner or later, public spaces will be open for use again. at best, this is an opportunity for us to have more time, to reprioritize, and to focus on caring for the immediate needs of ourselves and our communities.

the following CATA events are postponed:

  • Thursday, March 19 – rally organizing meeting at the Carnegie
  • Saturday, March 21 – read-in & rally at the Vancouver Public Library

new dates are To Be Announced (TBA). as usual, if you would like to be involved in the campaign against VPL please contact us (see bottom of the newsletter).

community resources

here are some resources that may be useful, as well as opportunities to provide mutual aid:

  1. check out the COVID-19 Coming Together (Vancouver) facebook group where folks can make requests and offers as well as share resources to support those who are significantly impacted by disruptions (to capitalism) by the virus.
  2. donate to a fundraiser for a disabled person of colour: Disabled, No work, Need help to pay bills
  3. donate to the COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks

    receive funds by filling out the survey here (currently closed until “Round 2” so watch the GoFundMe page for updates)
  4. Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project is teaming up with Butterfly: Asian and migrant sex workers support network to discuss sex work in the midst of #COVID19.

    this guide takes a harm reduction approach, recognizing that it is not feasible for all sex work to cease in the midst of this global pandemic. here they discuss tips for sex workers, clients, third parties and allies looking to to make their work safer and the precautions to consider taking on the job!

    find the full document & links at:

if you or someone you know needs support, please contact us and we can post requests on our social media as well as include it in our next newsletter!


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