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Equality arrives in Canada

Bill C-16, the Canadian Human Rights Act passed the Senate on Thursday and thus will become law with Royal Assent later this year.

The Act adds gender identity and expression as prohibited grounds for discrimination under Canadian law. The bill was introduced over a year ago and passed the House of Commons last November. Conservative forces once again tried to stall it in the Senate, claiming it imposed limits on free speech.

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An historic election

Provincial elections in British Columbia take place on May 9.

Among all voters, the Liberals (30 per cent, up five percentage points from previous poll) trail the NDP (32 per cent, no change), with the Greens at 15 per cent (up three), the leaderless Conservatives at three per cent (down three) and undecided voters at 19 per cent (down six).

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Oh, Canada

What with our election bringing depression to millions for far too long, it's easy to understand why one could begin to tune out any news from our more civilized neighbors to the north.

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Tainted Story in Halifax

We'll have to wait to see if this actually turns out to be a good story. It started out to be one.

Kenny Cooley transferred to Halifax West High School as a junior. Things didn't go particularly well at his previous school when he came out as transgender. Now a senior, he pushed the boundaries a bit more this year by trying out and making the football team. He plays wide receiver.

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BC soon to add gender identity to Human Rights Code

Equality news out of Canada from yesterday:

Attorney General Suzanne Anton said the BC Liberals will table the amendment in the upcoming summer legislative session, after years of lobbying by NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert and transgender advocacy groups.

In Canada-speak, "tabling an amendment" means "bring it to the table."

As British Columbians, we must ensure everyone in B.C., especially those most likely to face discrimination, are not only protected by the law, but feel they are protected and understand that they are protected.

--Anton

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Liberals introduce pro-transgender legislation

Did you know that today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (sometimes known as IDAHOT)?

Canadian legislators did.

The Canadian government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has introduced a bill today that will protect transgender people from discrimination.

Everyone deserves to live free of stigma, persecution and discrimination — no matter who they are or whom they love.

Today is about ensuring that all people — regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity — feel safe and secure and empowered to freely express themselves.

--Trudeau

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A Dark Chapter in trans treatment whimpers to a close

One of the most prominent clinics practicing reparative therapy in North America, Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is closing its Family Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) after an independent review by a team of outside psychologists.

The investigators found that GIC still used antiquated practices with an anti-transgender bias.

Lead reparative therapy proponent, Dr. Kenneth Zucker, who has headed the GIC for over 30 years is, according to officials at CAMH, "no longer at the institution."

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Vituperation in Edmonton

The Edmonton Catholic School District has been trying to come up with a policy about transgender students, as required by the Alberta Ministry of Education.

The result, as you might imagine, has been a lot of screaming and shouting.

 

 

Lead transphobe has been Trustee Larry Kowalczyk. Back in September his statement about the possibility of a policy was:

I see that as a mental disorder, my faith sees it as a mental disorder.

My stand is with that of the church. God has not made a mistake in the gender of me, or you, or anyone else.

--Kowalczyk

In the earlier interview, he compared transgender people to those suffering from schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder.

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The Pump don't work...

..cause the vandals stole the handle.

A group of graffiti artists (BlakCollectiv), led by Kalkidan Assefa, created an impressive, and legal, mural during Ottawa's Pride Week honoring transgender women of color who had been murdered during the past year.

 

 

 

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On Wednesday night an unknown person or group who were offended by the memorial spray painted over much of the mural and added these sentiments:

RACIST BULLS--T

 

 

 

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ALL COLORS MATTER

 

 

 

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ALL LIVES/NO DOUBLE STANDARD/YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.

 

 

 

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