New West mom's goal is to bring Pride flags to every home
Naomi Perks is spearheading the movement amid recent protests that target gender ideology and SOGI
Naomi Perks is a local mom who is hoping to promote inclusivity through her flag orders. Supplied.
It’s a call-to-action by a New West mom who says it’s in an effort to promote an inclusive society.
Naomi Perks’s goal is to help bring a Pride Flag to every household and business in the city. “The Pride Flag isn’t just a symbol; it’s a symbol of unwavering support and love that our community extends to its 2SLGBTQIA+ members. By prominently showcasing a Pride Flag in your window, on your door, flagpole, balcony, or any visible location, you can convey a powerful message: ‘You are LOVED, and you belong,’ Perks says in a release shared with New West Anchor.
Perks says she was compelled to take action amid recent protests that have targeted Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity resources (SOGI) also referred to as SOGI 1 2 3 in BC. Perks says the goal of the ask is to make sure two-spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender diverse individuals can feel they belong.
There is no SOGI curriculum in BC, but the province is supportive of SOGI 1 2 3 as a means by which to support educators who are covering topics including diversity, discrimination, and human rights.
“Many cities across Canada, and here in the Lower Mainland witnessed nationwide protests challenging the principles of inclusivity and equality. These protests have taken aim at the essence of the SOGI curriculum, pronoun usage, gender ideology, and mixed-gender bathrooms in educational institutions,” says Perks.
Perks will be placing orders for the Intersex Inclusive Pride Flag on Thursday, Oct. 12. She’s made a sign-up form available for those interested in receiving one. There is a cost associated with the order, and it will only be placed when enough people have signed up.
“Our children deserve nothing less than an educational environment that includes them, keeps them safe, and nurtures them to become extraordinary adults. Our two-spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender-diverse youth and adults should feel a strong sense of belonging in our community,” explains Perks.
Perks encourages anyone with questions to reach out to her at: [email protected]
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