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Transgender People in Canada Are Getting New Human Rights Protections on IDAHOT

From VICE Magazine

“VICE News has learned that Canada will finally push through legal protections for its transgender minority on Tuesday, after more than a decade of debate on the matter.

The change would grant federal protections to prevent eviction, discrimination, and violence against transgender and non-gender binary Canadians.

Asked directly about the changes, a spokesperson for Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould told VICE News that Tuesday — May 17, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia — would be “a very big day.”

Michael Davis, director of communications for the minister, remained largely evasive about exactly what would be announced on next week, but pointed to the mandate letter for Minister Wilson-Raybould, which commits her to “introduce government legislation to add gender identity as a prohibited ground for discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act” and to add it as an “identifiable group” that is protected from hate speech in the Criminal Code, which could also give direction to the courts on recognizing violence based on an individual’s gender identity as a hate crime for the purposes of sentencing.”

 

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