Two weeks ahead of the Vancouver pride parade, the B.C. government has announced plans to amend its human-rights legislation to protect transgender people.
“The proposed changes will specifically include gender identity and gender expression in the Human Rights Code”
Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says they will introduce a bill next week.
“We had planned to introduce changes on this next spring but the summer session of the House gives us the opportunity to make these changes now and not wait.”
Vancouver West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert says he’s overjoyed that explicit protections for transgender people will finally become law in Human Rights code.
“It will make sure it’s absolutely crystal-clear in black and white that transgender’s people rights, their human rights, are the same as all of our human rights in deserving of equal protection, explicit protection.”
Chandra Herbert introduced the changes 5 years ago.
He says transgender people face incredible rates of violence and discrimination in their lives.
“And unfortunately if they don’t know they are protected in our human rights code, they can’t be protected and employers if they read the human rights code will not see currently gender identity or expression, this legislation will change that.”
The BC liberals had been excluded from the PRIDE parade in the past for their refusal to make the changes.