TransLink Celebrates: Pride

TransLink Celebrates: Pride

June is Pride Month, a month to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising and to uplift the many LGBTQIA2S+ voices within our community. It’s a month dedicated to learning and acknowledging history, celebrating and supporting the culture of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, and standing with the community in support of their rights to live and love freely.

Here at TransLink, we’re beyond happy to play our role in Pride, not only in the month of June but in later summer for Vancouver Pride as well.

Much like our ridership, our employees – members of the TransLink family are diverse too. Many of our employees wear their LGBTQIA2S+ colours in everything they do and with a lot of pride. In a normal year, we update our schedules to accommodate for the annual pride parade and other celebrations. This year we’re bringing attention to employees we’ve celebrated in the past, read on to learn about a few of our amazing employees and what this time means to them.

Angello the SkyTrain Attendant

A SkyTrain attendant since 2014, Angello says he loves showing off the city to visitors and takes pride in the accessibility of the system for everyone.

Constable Julien Ponsioen

Constable Ponsioen goes above and beyond what it means to be a Transit Police officer. He prides himself not only on serving and protecting the community, but representing them too! Cst. Ponsioen wears rainbow POLICE badge to not only show he supports the community, but also he’s a part of the community. Cst. Ponsioen is active on social media through Instagram if you’re interested in hearing more from him.

Danni the Transit Operator

Danni had dreams of becoming a bus operator since they were little, and now those dreams have come true. To promote representation within the company and to make sure every rider is as comfortable as possible, Danni wears a rainbow pin every day.

Pride Bus

In August 2019, to celebrate Metro Vancouver’s Pride Week, we unveiled three spectacular busses decked out in pride colours and themes. David shares what it means to him to see these buses roll out.

Do you have any other ideas of how we can champion the LGBTQ+ community in Metro Vancouver? We’re always trying to be proactive and learn how we can better serve and represent our community.