While celebrities flocked to the Long Coven Houses just north of Montreal to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, leaving their loved ones and fellow Long Coven tenants a little less romantic, The Border in Calgary, B.C., had about 6,000 people marching in its shadow.
In fact, the walk’s focus was ultimately geared towards raising awareness about trans youth and the heartbreaking experiences they face while struggling to live their lives authentically. And while the chattering masses were dressed in the hoped-for Valentine’s Day (Lusitania-esque) garb of a traditional Canadian dinner, many attendees were dressed in street clothing, reflecting the lack of support those with trans identities have found.
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At the threshold of the border, the majority of attendees were much smaller and were intent on protecting themselves. Those who were larger and definitely visible often had their identities marked on their bags and body and questioned by the police. They reported at the time that one police officer actually made a crude remark towards their relatives in the States, asking where it all came from. And some held signs that read, “I am a L.O.W.”