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Special Event for the Int'l Trans Day of Visibility (Friday, March 31)

Community Invitation

(Photo credit: Harold Barkley/Toronto Star via Getty Images, 1970)

Please join the Ontario Heritage Trust and Borderland Pride as we unveil a provincial heritage plaque to commemorate Dianna Boileau, Dr. Harold Challis, and transgender rights in Ontario.

This historic event will take place on Friday, March 31, 2023the International Transgender Day of Visibility — at the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre. The plaque will be permanently installed in front of La Verendrye Hospital following our ceremony and small reception.

Dianna was the first Canadian to receive gender-affirming surgery. She received support navigating the uncharted medical landscape from physician Dr. Challis in Fort Frances. Dianna's ground-breaking autobiography (Behold I Am A Woman) provided a public face for transition when few existed. Her courage and conviction helped bring awareness to transgender rights and medical transition.

Event Details:

Location: Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre 259 Scott Street, Fort Frances (map) Date and Time:

Friday, March 31, 2023 at 1 PM Central (2 PM Eastern)

RSVP to Attend In-Person:

You can RSVP by emailing

Attend Online:

Watch the live-stream of the unveiling ceremony here

To mark this special occasion, Borderland Pride will be distributing trans Pride flags throughout downtown Fort Frances later this month. Any remaining flags will also be available for attendees, by donation, at our plaque unveiling event.

Questions about this event can be directed to



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