Statement - Trans rights are finally human rights in Canadian law

June 15, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission

Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, issues the following statement:

“This is an historic moment for trans rights and for human rights in Canada. Today, we join the thousands of human rights advocates, trans individuals, families and children across Canada, as we welcome and celebrate the passage of Bill C-16.

“This achievement is the result of the hard-fought battle of trans advocates, human rights groups, and Parliamentarians, who have repeatedly called for this important, and much needed change, to be made to the Canadian Human Rights Act

“At last, with the addition of this new ground — “gender identity or expression” — the rights of trans individuals in Canada will be clear, undeniable and explicitly protected. 

“Trans rights are human rights.”

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