Politicians deserve scorn for not passing law to allow a transgender model to pursue her dream
The case of Jenna Talackova offers more evidence that trans rights need to be enshrined in Canadian and B.C. human-rights legislation.
The 6'1" Vancouver model has been told that she can't participate in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada competition. According to the pagent, "she did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form."
Only womyn-born womyn are welcome, it seems.On Twitter, Talackova claimed that she was "disqualified for being born".
In the last Parliament, former NDP MP Bill Siksay managed to get his private member's bill banning discrimination against transgender people to third reading. However, the bill died when the House of Commons was dissolved before the May 2, 2011 election.
Meanwhile, NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert has tried to have discrimination against transgender people outlawed under the B.C. Human Rights Code.
Right-wing governments led by Stephen Harper and Christy Clark don't appear to have any interest in protecting the human rights of the trans community.
All of which explains why a young model named Jenna Talackova hasn't been allowed to pursue her dream.
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