Anti-2SLGBTQIA+ Misinformation & Hate Speech

The We Unify 2024 Conference: “Reclaiming Canada” will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, BC on June 22nd and 23rd. This event provides a platform and audience to speakers that are known for inciting hate and violence towards transgender and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

Here is an example of the kind of hateful rhetoric that can easily turn an angry mob to violence: 

This Victoria resident and We Unify attendee called queer people the “Gaystapo” and the mayor “a she-man” before suggesting that We Unify better hire security guards “that will use physical force, it will be necessary.” 

Here are some examples of violence and impact on transgender people:

Although the We Unify website claims to “welcome all people” and be in pursuit of “a more inclusive society,” the words and actions of its organizers and guest speakers say otherwise. 

Here are examples of anti-2SLGBTQIA+ misinformation posted in We unify newsletters: 

Here are some more details of guest speakers flagged for hate speech against the 2SLGBTQIA+ community:

Artur Pawlowski

Artur Pawlowski, who frequently makes headlines for his inflammatory rhetoric and opposition to inclusive policies. Pawlowski’s speeches and actions often frame 2SLGBTQ+ issues, especially those related to transgender rights, as threats to traditional values and religious freedom. 

In 2013, he blamed flooding in Alberta on the 2SLGBTQIA+ community: “(God) is weeping for the perversions of homosexuality which includes the walking out of the pride of their abominations in the streets of our cities.”

Drea Humphrey

Drea Humphrey, a notorious Rebel News reporter, has a very long record of speaking against trans rights and denies the discovery of the unmarked graves of missing residential children. She stands against SOGI, allowing transgender women to compete in sports and beauty pageants, puberty blockers for minors, trans day of visibility, and drag queen storytime. She also defended Amy Hamm, a BC nurse facing discipline for making transphobic comments. 

John Carpay

John Carpay has been widely criticized for his comments and actions perceived as discriminatory, including comparing the rainbow flag to the swastika, denouncing Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in schools, describing protecting 2SLGBTQ+ rights as authoritarianism, and opposing Saskatchewan policy of allowing minors the use of the name and pronouns of their choice at school without parental authorization.

Lauren Chen

While no longer on the speaker list, Lauren Chen was announced as host of the conference but was quietly replaced by Zuby. She has spoken out and organized against policies aimed at protecting and affirming transgender rights, such as access to gender-affirming healthcare. She is known for mocking the deadnaming of transgender people. She recently made headlines accusing Biden of “minimizing” Easter Sunday by having it collide with the transgender day of visibility in 2024.

Lauren Southern

Lauren Southern is an alt-right political activist known for her controversial views on transgender and non-binary people and racist propaganda. Her rhetoric has been widely criticized as promoting transphobia. Southern’s views have been identified as hate speech, leading to being banned from the UK after distributing flyers reading “Allah is trans” and also to being barred from entry in Australia. She was also banned from Twitch and Patreon after stunts such as declaring herself “gender non-binary” to change her sex designation to male on her official ID to mock transgender people.


Zuby is a British podcaster. He received media attention after posting a video on Twitter of himself performing a deadlift, then stating he had broken the British women’s record while “identifying as a woman”. His Twitter account was temporarily suspended for hateful content. He also signed a letter in support of J. K. Rowling’s opposition to transgender people.

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