When newly-sentenced Wikileaks source Pvt. Bradley Manning revealed he would be pursuing gender reassignment while in prison, the announcement was met with a raft of reaction, some of it supportive, much of it venomous. Some 1,700 km northeast of the cell where Manning will serve 35 years for leaking U.S. military secrets, Canadian legislators have been at work since June 2011 to expand the Canadian Criminal Code to include gender identity and gender expression on the list of characteristics protected by hate crime law
Communications Fellow, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Peter Goffin is the RBC Communications Fellow at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He studied Political Science at McMaster University, graduating in 2010. Peter has since worked as a journalist, editor, and communications coordinator in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Peter is a former Managing Editor of The Toronto Review of Books, and former Executive Editor of McMaster’s newspaper, the Silhouette. His writing on politics, rights, and social justice has appeared in The Toronto Star, This Magazine, Rabble.ca, Torontoist, and OpenFile.
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