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The program has published eight magazines of women's stories.
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The passage of Bill C-16, extending long overdue protections to transgender Canadians, gives us much to celebrate.
Laws can make a huge difference in the lives of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) youth and children -- and yes -- laws can even reduce the bullying they experience. Transgender youth experience bullying at much higher rates than their cisgender (non-transgender) peers.
We strongly urge all Senators to pass Bill C-16 without amendment. Because human rights must apply to everyone -- acceptance and inclusion is not reserved only for those who are like us. Trans and gender diverse people face discrimination, harassment and violence in many aspects of their lives.
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"We will have more to say in due course."
It's a symbol of inclusivity.
The government says the changes are part of a commitment to eliminate discrimination based on a person's gender identity or gender expression.
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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."
Transgender, gender nonconforming and intersex people are not sexual deviants. The rest of the population does not need protection from them. This line of thinking creates unnecessary fear at the thought of encountering a transgender or gender nonconforming person in a public restroom.
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Feminism: you in danger, girl. Blogger Tara K. Reed explains why she struggles with the term feminist as a woman with a disability and why she would like to see a change in how the term is used among millennials and in pop culture.
Trans people are diverse, but we are not all the same. Non-binary trans people have been largely excluded from the discussion about trans people, and this erasure delegitimizes our identity. What troubles me is that some people are acting out dangerous forms of transphobia to erase non-binary trans people.
But there's less consensus on government ID documents.
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It's a top issue for the transgender community.
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"Most, if not all, mainstream feminism only represents a certain kind of person. Of course, we're talking about white, middle class, able-bodied, cisgender women." Too often, says Kai, marginalized communities such as trans folks aren't given a platform to talk about the issues, like sexual violence, that impact them.
The anti-transphobia bill was tabled at the end of last month.
"What I want in the world is justice. I want justice and peace."
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A spokesman said the department doesn't know how many people ask for a change in the sex designation annually.
But one Tory MP said he's unlikely to change his mind.
"Some people fit into girl and boy, and some people don't. And that's OK, because they're still people."
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"Some things are more important than a rock show."
A group is protesting the recent closure of CAMH's youth gender identity clinic.
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"When other people can’t figure you out, they get angry based out of fear."
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"OK Justin, if it’s a priority, where's the trans woman in your party? Where? Maybe they don’t have one — get one. Find one."
All Jacked Up
While Caitlyn Jenner made the cover of Vanity Fair and Laverne Cox prospered as a popular actress, other transgender women have become homicide victims at an alarming rate.
AllJackedUp's 'Ties To Love' celebrates the achievements of activists, pioneers and heroes of the transgender community.
"Mx for 'mixed' — kind of not a 'Mr.' or 'Ms.' — it's literally what I am: mixed."
Have transgender issues been addressed in this election campaign?
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The Chief Commissioner says the new guidelines are simple — regardless of how a child was born, a girl is a girl.
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"I think a lot of points were made today about how that can't happen again."
Several provinces have reconsidered their rules about changing sex on birth certificates in recent years.
"I have lots of mechanisms at my disposal to escalate if people don't get their acts together."