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Today the Canadian Senate passed Bill C-16!!
This bill adds gender identity and gender expression as protected grounds to the Canadian Human Rights Code, and correspondingly changes the Criminal Code allowing protection to trans and gender non-conforming people experiencing discrimination, harassment and hate crimes.
Today, my trans child is now protected and has equal rights to my cis-gender child. Both my children have equal rights and protections in the eyes of the law of our country. As a parent, this means SO much to me. We’ve advocated for this. Our community has advocated for this. Our community members across the country have advocated for this. For years, these proposed protections have been struck down and previous bills died on the floors of Parliament.
Today I’m proud to say that my country has become a better and safer place. Today I’m proud to say that my country is leading the way, demonstrating globally the value of tolerance, diversity and equality.
Thank you Canada! Thank you advocates in the trans* community! Thank you those who have come before us, trans folks who risked their own safety to fight for the rights of the trans* community.
Today, I am a thankful parent. Thankful that my trans child will be growing up in a better, safer, more respectful world. Today, we witnessed a historic moment.
Trans rights are human rights.