I was proud to vote in support of Bill C-279 for Trans Rights on Wednesday night. To me it’s a wonderful example of how hard work by the LGBT community, and the awesome Randall Garrison, MP, who brought the bill forward and worked so hard on it, and never have up – can result in real progress being made for human rights. Also kudos to former MP Bill Siksay, who got the bill through the first time, only to see it defeated only because of the 2011 election, where all legislation in progress was lost. This was an important moment to see the bill passed. Now it goes to the Senate and we must do all we can to get it passed there too. It’s rare to have a Private Members Bill passed and we are well on the way for this one!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2013
STATEMENT BY LGBTQ CRITIC, RANDALL GARRISON, ON HIS GENDER IDENTITY BILL
Today, New Democrats are proud to have contributed to ensuring equal protection under the law from discrimination and hatred based on gender identity.
We are happy there was all party support for formal protection of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Variant Canadians’ rights under the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code with Bill C-279.
We need to recognize the work of the many people and organizations across the country who worked hard to advance this important issue.
Our efforts represent a huge step forward but there is still much work to be done to ensure equal access for Trans Canadians to simple services like health care, housing, and jobs. Transgender and Transsexual citizens are among the most marginalized and are too often victims of harassment and acts of violence.
We must continue to act on this important issue and, now that the bill has passed through the House of Commons, we urge the Senate to move quickly to guarantee the same rights and protections for Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Variant Canadians that all of us enjoy.