As controversy swirls over the BC Liberal Party being kicked out of the Vancouver Pride Parade for refusing to sign a pledge in support of changing human rights laws, a BC Human Rights Group says the amendments could have a downside.
Robyn Durling with the BC Human Rights Clinic says transgendered people are already protected against discrimination under the BC Human Rights Code.
He says proposed amendments to include specific transgender language could excludes others, like those who identify as having no gender.
“With a broad liberal approach those people would likely get the protection of the code, where as if you start to make it narrower, you may in fact have other groups that get their rights extinguished.”
“Right now there is intended to be a broad and liberal approach to interpreting legislation, but the more specific you make it, the more you may exclude other people. So people that have two genders, that are dual gendered, or people such as one that I represented who suggest they have no gender, what happens to those people?”
Advocates want gender identity explicitly stated in human rights legislation.
They also want violence based on Gender Identity to be classified as a hate crime under the Criminal Code.