"I have a responsibility to myself as a person and to others like me."
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Our government has a duty to protect the human rights of all people. Laws that seek to enshrine those rights and protect us from discrimination should be considered without hesitation. If enacted into law, Bill C-16 will protect some of the most marginalized people in Canada and so, it is with all our might that we need to support its passing.
We need to keep the conversation going.
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"Nunavummiut who are transgender have the same right to live a full and productive life as anyone else in the territory, free of discrimination."
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What is it about hair that ruffles so many feathers? Last week, despite having been told not to do so, an Ottawa teacher chopped the hair off a child, ostensibly because the child was chewing on it. The teacher appears to have believed that somehow, he was acting in the child's best interests. Had he decided the child's identity for him? Had he decided that a child with a disability cannot make his own choices as to his appearance?
The gender identity and expression bill is long overdue, with similar bills having already been introduced seven times before. But what makes this a cause for celebration is that for the first time, it's the government who is tabling the bill. Unlike previous private members' bills, this one is much more likely to pass. This bill would go a long way toward equal protections for all trans people across Canada, and could be a promising example to follow for provinces and territories who haven't yet adopted similar protections.
It's a milestone day for the country's LGBT citizens.
Vancouver mother Fiona Chen knew her daughter was different, almost as soon as she could express herself. "From age three she refused to wear dresses...there were so many beautiful dresses that I had to give away," said Chen with a laugh. But it was the start of a difficult journey.