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Support the Rights of Transgender and Transsexual People

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.

Take Action

  1. Write, call, or e-mail the senators from your province. See a sample letter [RTF: 1 p/ 39 KB].
  2. Read more about the United Church's work on Trans/Gender Diversity.

Please send your letters to:

Senators from your province: The Senate website has a complete list of senators with their e-mail addresses and fax and phone numbers.

Mail may be sent postage-free to any senator at the following address:

  • Name of senator
    The Senate of Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1A 0A4

Please send copies of your letters and e-mails to:

Christie Neufeldt
Program Coordinator
Church in Mission Unit
The United Church of Canada
E-mail: cneufeldt [at] united-church [dot] ca (Christie Neufeldt)

For more information contact:

Jordan Sullivan
The United Church of Canada
3250 Bloor St. West, Suite 300
Toronto, ON  M8X 2Y4
Phone: 1-800-268-3781
Fax: 416-231-3103
E-mail: jsulliva [at] united-church [dot] ca (Jordan Sullivan)

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