"Want to help stop discrimination against transgender persons in Canada? Here’s a rare and important opportunity and you have until June 8 to take part.
In 2000 - TEN YEARS AGO - the Canadian Human Rights Review Panel *unanimously* urged government to add 'gender identity' to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Human Rights Act. 10 years later, it still hasn't happened.
Because of this, transgender persons continue to face discrimination, and a growing number of provincial governments are taking advantage of this to cut provincial health care funding (where it exists) for many trans persons.
THIS TUESDAY - June 8 - a private members bill to amend the Human Rights Act and Criminal Code of Canada (to include protections for ‘gender identity’) will reach final hour of second reading in the House of Commons and, if it passes, will move us closer to the important goal of protecting trans persons under the Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code of Canada (for hate crimes). The vote will be on June 9. That gives a few days to send an email to your MP urging them to support it.
How can you help?
1. Learn about the issue. Below is a copy of the hansard debate from first reading, which gives a lot of great info about this issue.
2. Check out MP Bill Siksay’s website for information about the status of the bill:
3. But most importantly, WRITE YOUR MP TO SAY, “VOTE FOR THIS BILL, YO.” You can be more eloquent than that. Or if eloquence isn’t your thing, you can just use this sample letter, provided precisely for that purpose.
4. What?! Don’t know who your MP is or how to contact them?! Well neither do I, to tell you the truth. That’s why I go HERE to find out:
Easy as rhubarb pie, wha?"