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Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has introduced a bill to protect transgender people from discrimination in Canada.
“No one should be refused a job, disadvantaged in the workplace, be unable to access services or be the target of harassment and violence because of their gender identity or gender expression,” said Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on Tuesday.
Bill C-16 will amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to ban discrimination against a person based on “gender identity or gender expression.” It will also add those terms to the Criminal Code of Canada to protect transgender people from hate propaganda.
Wilson-Raybould made the announcement in Parliament on Tuesday morning surrounded by transgender-rights advocates.
Charlie Lowthian-Rickert, a 10-year-old trans activist who stood with Wilson-Raybould during the announcement, thanked the Liberal government for introducing the bill. “I feel much safer,” she said.
“For me, this is extremely important because it will protect me in the future,” Lowthian-Rickert told reporters afterward. “And when the bill is passed, if I have children, then those children will be protected if they’re LGBT2S.”