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Canada To Protect Trans Rights

18 May 2016

Over in Canada the nation's government announced new legislation to protect transgender citizens from discrimination this week.

The proposed bill would amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code to include protections for gender diverse people regarding employment, education and hate crime prosecution. The bill covers both gender identity and gender expression.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould proposed the bill earlier this week to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement:
"Everyone deserves to live free of stigma, persecution and discrimination — no matter who they are or whom they love. Today is about ensuring that all people — regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity — feel safe and secure and empowered to freely express themselves."

Currently, only eight of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories specifically include trans people under their human rights laws while Gender identity and gender expression are covered in only five provinces.

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