Ontario amends human rights code to protect trans

Canadian province is first in North America to change law to end discrimination against transgender people

Ontario amends human rights code to protect trans
14 June 2012

Ontario in Canada has amended its Human Rights Code to protect transgender people.

It is the first province in North America to extend the anti-discrimination law to include ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression’.

Upon hearing the decision, which was agreed unanimously by all members of the legislature in Toronto, transgender people hugged and shook hands with MPPs in the lobby, reported CBC News.

Speaking to the Canadian TV channel, Luka Sidaravicius said: ‘I’m just happy that now people have that tool to fight the oppression that our community faces so much.’

Cheri DiNovo, a member of the New Democrat party who tried for six years to have the code amended, told The Montreal Gazette the ‘historic’ vote would help end transphobia, which can affect people’s chances of getting a job and finding a place to live.

She adds that transgender people feel marginalized in society, with many facing a life of poverty and even contemplating suicide.

She said: ‘There’s a whole host of things that will be opened up for trans people because of this, and really this recognizes them simply as humans, with all the rights of every other human in Ontario.’



No thumbnail available

Sam Champion and Josh Elliott briefly revive their on-air gay-straight bromance

Former Good Morning America colleagues share warm moments as both broadcast from Kentucky Derby in their new TV jobs
No thumbnail available

Leak shows UK’s plans for gay marriage equality

Documents leaked today show what the UK government is planning for gay marriage in England and Wales.
No thumbnail available

Obama says Biden's gay marriage comments sped things up

President said Biden 'probably got out a little bit over his skis, but out of generosity of spirit'
No thumbnail available

Footballer’s gay porn video surfaces, targeted with hate online

A 25-year-old athlete is being subjected to vile homophobic abuse online after appearing in a pornographic film where he has gay sex
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

US Appeals Court hears opening arguments in DOMA challenge

Constitutionality of federal ban on gay marriage being challenged for first time
No thumbnail available

X Factor judge Louis Walsh to be given false sex attack documents

The Sun newspaper ordered by Irish judge to hand over all documents relating to false story about pop music mogul Louis Walsh
No thumbnail available

Tennessee evangelical megachurch GracePointe announces it will marry gay couples

Franklin, Tennessee’s GracePointe megachurch has announced it will treat same-sex couples in exactly the same way as it does opposite-sex couples in the church, marrying them and allowing them to take on leadership roles
No thumbnail available

Mission America’s Linda Harvey claims gays are all closeted straight people

Far right American Christian author Linda Harvey claims we’re all pretending that we’re attracted to people of the same-sex because nobody has won the Nobel Prize for discovering a gay gene
No thumbnail available

Dustin Lance Black blasts alma mater for rescinding invite to be graduation speaker because of old sex photos

Says Oscar winning screenwriter and activist: 'I did nothing wrong and I refuse to be shamed for this any longer'