‘We’re here, we’re queer, we aren’t going anywhere’: Trans March planned for Brockville this Saturday

Trans March organizer Seth Leroux with his husband, Tobi, and children. – Submitted photo

After witnessing recent ‘Hands off our Kids’ (HOOK) protests and counter-protests that took place in communities throughout Ontario on Wednesday, including in Brockville and Kingston, Seth Leroux knew he had to speak out.

“I attended the protest this week and had to stay in my car,” recalls Leroux, a trans man who lives in Brockville. “I was crying, I was shaking. The amount of support for the bigotry was indescribable in our little town where I have generally felt safe.”

According to the HOOK website, the protesters claimed to be “safeguarding parental rights and advocating for the removal of intrusive elements of sexual orientation and gender ideology from the educational system.”

For the counter-protesters, this position is damaging to the rights of trans people, trans youth and the 2SLGTBQ+ community.

“It’s utterly gutting,” Leroux says.

“I realized quickly I could not do anything safely that day,” Leroux explains, but with the help his friend Halen Lalonde, “an amazing youth who is also a phenomenal activist,” he came up with the idea to hold a Trans March on Saturday, Sept. 23. It will begin at Bramshot Park at 11:30 a.m. and last until about 3 p.m. The community is invited to come out and show support.

“The march is essentially to show the world that we’re here, we’re queer, we aren’t going anywhere,” says Leroux. “We exist in realms of power and we exist in realms of abuse.”

As the founder of Brockville Pride’s PRISM (Pride, Respect, Identity, Safety & Mentoring) program, PRIDE outreach worker and volunteer coordinator, Leroux has a long history of working with children and youth in a variety of settings.

“Through my experiences as a trans man, married to a trans man, as a parent of a trans daughter and all my volunteer and work experience, I have learned to be an advocate and activist for the most vulnerable of communities,” Leroux says.

He adds that “I’ve been personally been reached out to by a few parents who are fearful for their trans kids. If anyone needs resources, they can come to me or check out brockvillepride.com.”

The Trans March will take place in Brockville on Sept. 23, beginning in Bramshot Park at 11:30 a.m.

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