March 20, 2012, updated April 8, 2013
The House of Commons has passed Bill C-279, advocating for the rights of trans people, and it now goes to the Senate for a vote. Write the senators from your province, urging them to support this bill.
Show your support for a bill calling for amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code that will protect the rights of transgender and transsexual people in Canada.
The Gender Identity Bill, Bill C-279, was passed by the House of Commons on March 20, 2013. It now goes to the Senate for a vote. Please write your senator today to show your support.
This bill, supported by both the Liberal and New Democratic parties, reaffirms a commitment to equality for all by reintroducing the Trans Rights Bill.
Bill C-279 reflects the United Church's belief that "God has brought forth human beings who are male, female, and sometimes dramatically or subtly a complex mix of male and female in their bodies." (See "Affirming the Participation and Ministry of Transgender People within The United Church of Canada and Supporting Their Civil and Human Rights," passed at the most recent General Council in 2009 and found on page 433 of the Record of Proceedings.)
The Gender Identity Bill moves to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of gender identity or gender expression. It also seeks to amend the Criminal Code to include gender identity and gender expression as recognized prohibited grounds for discrimination when offences are motivated by bias, prejudice, or hate.
Transgender people face ongoing discrimination, have serious difficulties accessing housing, health care, employment, and protection under the law, and are too often victims of violence. Trans people are members of our families, our loved ones, our friends, colleagues, and neighbours, and they deserve to have their identity protected by the law the same way other marginalized populations do in Canada.
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