The Vancouver City Council has voted to deny funding for a women’s rape shelter over its policy of only allowing women into its peer counseling program, arguing that it discriminates against men who identify as women.
Vancouver Rape Relief in British Columbia — the oldest shelter of its kind in Canada founded 47 years ago — saw its funding withdrawn this week by council members who argued that their policies of protecting female victims have resulted in a “lack of inclusivity,” reports say.
The Vancouver City Council voted against renewing the shelter’s grant over its sex-specific policy, allowing only women to access its peer counseling area.
Vancouver Rape Relief will still be allowed to conduct its affairs as it chooses, council member Sarah Kirby Young told CityNews, but they won’t be allowed to receive city funding.
“What it does is affirm that the city has an inclusive welcoming policy and that when we are providing city funds and taxpayer funds to organizations we want them to be ones that are inclusive of all people.”
The effort to strip the organization of its $34,000 grant was spearheaded by left-wing politician Morgane Oger. Oger, a man who identifies as transgender, has long claimed that Vancouver Rape Relief has engaged in hateful prejudice against people based on their “gender identity,” which in 2016 was added as protected grounds to Canada’s human rights law and criminal code through bill C-16.
Vancouver Rape Relief is of a progressive radical feminist bent in its approach to serving the community, stressing that while they have services available to everyone regardless of how they may identify, the peer-counseling aspect is reserved for women.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter