It’s Valentine’s Day! Let’s spread some love by supporting the transgender community in this beautiful country of ours. Bill C-16 is an act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination. On February 9th, there was a second reading of Bill C-16 in the Canadian Senate.
Here’s a little bit more about Bill C-16:
This enactment amends the Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.
The enactment also amends the Criminal Code to extend the protection against hate propaganda set out in that Act to any section of the public that is distinguished by gender identity or expression and to clearly set out that evidence that an offence was motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on gender identity or expression constitutes an aggravating circumstance that a court must take into consideration when it imposes a sentence.
You can read the full text of the bill here.
This is a super important step toward equal rights for transgender individuals and it’s really easy to get involved. Below is an email template – copy and paste, edit it as you please and send it to the email list (also below). Copy and paste the emails into the BCC box, sign your name and hit send. It will only take you a few minutes.