The NDP MLA for Vancouver-West End is introducing in the legislature today (May 26) a member’s bill called the Gender Identity and Expression Human Rights Recognition Act.
Herbert’s legislation would add “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the prohibited grounds for discrimination in the code.
“While the courts have read certain protections for gender identity and expression into our human rights legislation, it is important for the government to recognize transgendered people, by explicitly including them in the human rights code,” Chandra Herbert said in a news release. “Transgendered people still face incredible barriers to employment and housing, and face discrimination and the threat of violence almost everywhere they go.”
In the NDP release, Marie Little, chair of the Trans Alliance Society, said the bill would make it clear to employers, landlords, and restaurateurs that transgender people are protected.
Earlier this year, during an interview with the Straight, Little had called on the B.C. Liberal and NDP leadership contenders to enshrine transgender rights in the code.
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