Those in the transgender community are applauding the Federal Justice Minster in her move to table a human rights bill that would help protect trans people.
A spokesperson confirms Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould will table the bill on Tuesday.
If passed, it would be illegal to discriminate against someone because of their gender-identity.
Vancouver’s Trans Alliance Society Chair Morgane Oger is elated.
“It is so wonderful to see that the federal government after this election have put down a mandate for the Justice Minster to protect transgender people. Everyone in the community is really excited.”
“It will provide protection against such things as discrimination in housing or in services provided to the public or the standard things that the human rights act provides protection from.”
Oger says there are still some concerns.
“Even though we know that Canadians are vastly in support of this, the fear in the community is that closed minds will get a disproportionate voice somehow and interfere.”
She says it’s a long process but a good first step the transgender community has been waiting for.
“The transgender community has been trying to get equality in Canada for decades”