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B.C. transgender advocate to speak in Kamloops on Saturday

Morgane Oger will be in Kamloops on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Hills of Peace Lutheran Church to speak about the challenges of living a life of faith and the barriers experienced by transgender people.
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March 28, 2019 - 5:00 PM

KAMLOOPS — A Vancouver transgender activist who recently won a human rights complaint about a hateful flyer campaign directed towards transgender people will be in Kamloops this Saturday to talk about her experience.

Morgane Oger is a well-known trans advocate and found out this week that her case against Christian activist Bill Whatcott was ruled in her favour.

Whatcott began distributing thousands of flyers calling Oger a “biological male who has renamed himself…after he embraced transvestite lifestyle” when she ran for public office in 2017 in an effort to prevent her from being elected in the Vancouver-False Creek riding.

The ruling also ordered Whatcott to pay Oger $55,000 in costs and compensation.

Oger says she feels a relief finding out her complaint filed against Whatcott was verified.

“For two years, this guy was trying to basically torture me because I am transgender, and bothering me on social media, chasing me around the province,” Oger said.

Oger will be speaking in Kamloops on Saturday, March 30, at the Hills of Peace Lutheran Church from 4 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m for her event titled, "Morgane Oger: Faith & Transgender Living".

The advocate plans to talk about the challenges and barriers trans people face and experience when dealing with various types of faith.

“I am really hoping that people of the more conservative faith groups will be there,” she says.

She says a big part of her talk is helping people understand.

“We all act out of love and out of respect for people and sometimes we have belief systems that teach us things that are a little bit harsh,” she says. “The number one message that I am bringing is that no matter who someone thinks they are, telling them they are not that person, is harmful.”

Oger legally formed the Morgane Oger Foundation in 2018, which works to improve human rights laws for all Canadians.

For more information on Oger’s event go here.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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