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Canada introduces legislation to ban anti-trans discrimination

Justin Trudeau spotted marching in the 2015 Pride Toronto parade taken by Alex Guibord via Flickr

The Canadian government have announced a new bill that would ban discrimination against transgender people.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed that the country is working on federal legislation that will guarantee legal and human rights protections for transgender people across Canada.

Trudeau made the announcement as he received the Laurent McCutcheon Award in Montreal, Quebec for his continued support for the LGBT community.

He said: “We have worked too hard for us to stop here. Too hard to stop with the progress we have made because I sincerely believe that in Canada we can and we should do more.

“I believe in a Canada where men can give blood, regardless of their sexual orientation. Where transgender people are protected by the law. A Canada where all prime ministers are proud to walk with the LGBT community during gay pride parades.

“We must carry on the legacy of those who fought for justice by being bold and ambitious in our actions. And we must work diligently to close the gap between our principles and reality.”

According to BuzzFeed News, Bill C-16 will amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code of Canada to ban discrimination and hate speech based on an individual’s “gender identity or gender expression”.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said at a press conference: “We live in a time when discrimination in any form is completely unacceptable.

“This is a message of hope to ensure that we recognise gender identity and gender expression and provide the ability in our country for people to feel safe and secure in who they are.”

The bill was tabled in the House of Commons on 17 May, coinciding with IDAHOT – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Words Rari Vlad

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