Call to Action: Equal Protection for Trans People

by | June 3, 2010
filed under Can-Con, Feminism, LGBT, Politics

MP Bill Siksay’s Private Member’s Bill C-389, which would add gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of discrimination to the Canadian Human Rights Act, is coming up for debate and another vote next week. There will be one hour of debate on Tuesday, June 8, and a vote on Second Reading on June 9. If passed, the bill will be sent to committee for consideration.

Here’s an excerpt from Bill Siksay’s call for action:

“Bill C-389 would update the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) to include gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of discrimination, and update the Criminal Code of Canada to include gender identity and gender expression in the hate crime and sentencing provisions.

Transsexual and transgender people are often victims of discrimination, harassment, and violence because of their gender identity and gender expression. They often experience injustices such as denial of employment, housing, access to trans-sensitive health care, and face difficulties obtaining identification documents. Because there are so many barriers for transsexual and transgender Canadians, explicit rights and protections must be added to the CHRA and the Criminal Code.”

So here’s what you can do to help make sure this bill passes:

Thanks for your help!

-Jarrah

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