Ensure Transgender and Gender-Variant Canadians have Equal Rights Under the Law.
Under current laws, Transgender and Gender-Variant Canadians are not protected from discrimination. End this injustice now.
Sexual Orientation is protected under both the Canadian Human Rights Act and the British Columbia Human Rights Code, but there is no such language protecting Gender Identity and Expression. Similarly, violence based on Sexual Orientation is classified as a hate crime but violence based on Gender Identity is not.
Transgender and Gender-Variant Canadians experience a great deal of discrimination in their day-to-day lives, impacting employment opportunities and housing, with significant barriers to accessing healthcare.
This is an important moment for LGBTQ+ rights in Canada, and it is essential that all Canadians stand together to guarantee a just society for all. Canada needs equal protection for Transgender and Gender-Variant Canadians now, at all levels of government.
We the undersigned Canadians support the passage of federal legislation ensuring gender identity and gender expression be protected under the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code of Canada, in line with current federal protections for sexual orientation. Additionally, we support the passage of provincial legislation ensuring gender identity and gender expression be protected under the Human Rights Code, in line with current provincial protections for sexual orientation.