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Trans rights bill still stuck in the Senate

More than a year after it passed in the House of Commons, Bill C-279 has still not passed in the Senate, thus preventing it from becoming law.
The Bill, which would add “gender identity” to the Canadian human rights code and also make it an identifiable class under the hate crime section of the Criminal Code, [...]

Bill C-279 passes in the House of Commons!

Bill C-279 was passed at third reading in the House of Commons. It now goes to the Senate.
This bill adds “gender identity” to our federal human rights protections and to our hate crime legislation.
From the Canadian Press:
A bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against transgender Canadians was approved by the House [...]

Bill C-279 passes second reading!

Bill C-279 has passed its first vote in the House of Commons.  It now goes to the Justice Committee for amendments before a final vote in the House.
This bill would add “gender identity and gender expression” to our federal human rights protections and to our hate crime legislation. Unfortunately, the [...]

Ontario ruling: allow gender change without surgery

Xtra is reporting:
In what a London lawyer is calling a “game-changing decision,” the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has struck down a rule that required trans people to undergo “transsexual surgery” in order to change the sex category on their birth certificates.
Released April 11, the 95-page decision follows a challenge by one trans [...]

Canadian Bar Association supports trans rights

At its August 2010 meeting, the Canadian Bar Association adopted a resolution in support of Equality for All Regardless of Gender Identity and Gender Expression:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Canadian Bar Association urge the federal, provincial and territorial governments to review their legislation and policies, especially human rights legislation and hate crimes under the Criminal [...]

Canada supports UN declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity

On December 18, 2008, the UN General Assembly was presented with a declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity signed by 66 countries, including Canada.
According to Wikipedia:
The declaration condemns violence, harassment, discrimination, exclusion, stigmatization, and prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It also condemns killings and executions, torture, arbitrary arrest, and deprivation of [...]