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Support the Rights of Transgender and Transsexual People

March 20, 2012 (updated October 29, 2014)

Gender Identity Bill C-279 is expected to come before the Senate committee any day. Write the senators from your province today, 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.

Take Action

  1. Write, call, or e-mail the senators from your province. See a sample letter [RTF: 1 p/ 39 KB]. Letters can be sent electronically through Egale Canada's website .
  2. Read more about the United Church's work on Trans/Gender Diversity.
  3. Follow Trans Equality Rights in Canada on Facebook  and Twitter  for the latest news.

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


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. The planned October 22, 2014, hearing was postponed, and it is unknown at this time when it will be rescheduled. 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 40th General Council in 2009.)

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.

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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