Stop Discriminating Against Transgender People in London, On., Canada
  • Petitioned Trails End Farmers Market

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Trails End Farmers Market

Stop Discriminating Against Transgender People in London, On., Canada

    1. Jennifer Silcox
    2. Petition by

      Jennifer Silcox

      London, Canada

On September 10th, 2011 three transgender individuals were running a booth at the Trails End Farmers Market in London, Ontario, Canada. These individuals were working for another non-LGBT business owner selling incense and candles. Business was running smoothly throughout the busy day. Later that evening the owner of the booth received a call from the manager at the farmers market telling her that she needed to remove the transgender individuals from her booth or she could take her booth elsewhere. Their justification was that this was a family-friendly business and they didn't want that sort of 'population' in their establishment and that they made people uncomfortable (the manager did not provide proof of these claims when asked repeatedly). Sign this petition to tell the Trails End Farmers Market that we live in a diverse society and that it is discriminatory to forbid certain individuals from running booths in their establishment. Transgender individuals are not 'unfamily-friendly' and they were merely selling candles. Feel free to also give them a call or send them mail and tell them you disagree with their practices!

4370 Dundas St. East

London, Ontario

N0M2P0

(519) 268-3840

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Local fundraiser raises more than $700 dollars!

      Jennifer Silcox
      Petition Organizer

      Last week a fundraiser was held at Lavish nightclub where the proceeds went to help the business owner and trans employee who were negatively impacted. The night was a success filled with laughter, new friends, performances and dancing! In a few short hours, the event raised more than 700 dollars. Thank you!!

    2. 4000 Signatures and a Productive Protest!

      Jennifer Silcox
      Petition Organizer

      We've reached more than 4000 signatures, obtained MPP candidate support, significant news coverage and two successful protests! Unfortunately, the owner is reluctant to change his position. A human rights complaint has been filed and we need to keep attention on this matter! Keep the signatures coming and keep demanding equality from Trails End!

    3. 3000 Signatures! Continued media coverage! We won't back down!

      Jennifer Silcox
      Petition Organizer

      Trails End have said that they won't change their stance on the matter! Let's show them that we won't change ours either! http://jezebel.com/horrible/ http://981freefm.ca/london-ontario-news/petition-collects-3000-signatures/
      http://redd.it/kqy3s

    4. Reached 3,000 signatures
    5. We've reached 2300 signatures & starting to get international attention!

      Jennifer Silcox
      Petition Organizer

      Don't stop now! Keep this petition going so that we can demonstrate to Trails End that they need to change their discriminatory practices. Protests will be occurring today and over the next few weeks at the market too.

    6. Reached 2,000 signatures
    7. At the start of day 3, we have 1800 signatures and media coverage!

      Jennifer Silcox
      Petition Organizer

      We've now reached almost 2000 signatures and have had AM980 News, The Metro newspaper, CTV television, and the London Free Press cover the story! Those involved have also filed a human rights complaint!

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures
    9. We've reached more than 1000 signatures in less than 24 hours!

      Jennifer Silcox
      Petition Organizer

      This incident is quickly receiving widespread support & we could have not done it without you! Help us obtain more support by sharing this petition widely & looking for the story on the news! Consider calling them to voice your concern: 519 268-3840

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. We've reached more than 500 signatures and news coverage!

      Jennifer Silcox
      Petition Organizer

      It's clear that this is a huge social justice issue! Let's keep the momentum going so that the owner of Trails End Farmers Market can see that discrimination based on gender identity should have no place in his business!

    12. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • J W SACRAMENTO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Pretty flagrant discrimination; the defintion of a family has evolved; leave the trans fam alone and stop the hate at the market.

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    • Lottie Price PALO ALTO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is barefaced discrimination! How embarrasssing to see that in my home country.

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    • James Frost TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I refuse to shop at the Trails End Farmers Market in London Ontario while its management continues a policy that blatently violates the Ontaio Human Rights Code. In addition, I urge the Human Rights Tribunal to hear the complaint with all deliberate speed and, should it deem it fit, assess the highest penalty available the managers of that market enterprise.

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    • Matthew Newman LONDON, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Discrimination in any form is wrong. The actions of the Trails End Farmer's Market in London is disgusting and ignorant.

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    • Carol Crocker Crocker BRAMPTON, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      People who try to force other people to do or not do as they think need to know that it is not acceptable. Truly is shocking to hear these stories about how some citizens are treated just because they think they are masters and mistresses of the universe. Why can't they just live their own lives without giving threats and ultimatums and even worse violence. How many people have to die before the message gets through? Too sad to even be talking about it because it shouldn't even be happening!

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