Making the law work for all of us
Federal government agrees to review ALL gender collection policies
The State has no business in the undies of the nation!
Every single document where a person is asked their gender on a federal government form is being reviewed to determine whether continuing collection of that information is justified.
The federal government's review is being helmed by Randy Boissonault, a gay M.P.
The review is a response to a human rights complaint launched in 2011 by Christin Milloy, a trans activist from Toronto, against Employment and Social Development Canada. Under the settlement agreement the Respondent recognizes that it is inappropriate to collect, maintain, or share sex and/or gender data, except if it is required for legitimate purposes. The review is to be completed by January 2018.
Finally! B.C's Human Rights Code is Up to Date
Just in time to escape the embarrassment of being excluded from Pride in 2016, the BC Government has amended the B.C. Human Rights Code to add "gender identity" and "gender expression".
This makes explicit the protections for trans people against discrimination on the basis of their gender identity or gender expression. And it makes it possible for trans people to challenge transphobic hate speech, under the hate speech section of the Code.
For details see "Human Rights for Transgender People"
In Particular - barbara findlay
Becca Plucer directed a great documentary which looks at the history of queer rights through the lens of my life.
It has been shown on OUT TV, at the Rio Theatre, and at festivals in Montreal, Nelson and Victoria, and most recently at the Queer Film Festival.
The movie includes the ever-fabulous and courageous Vancouver activists whom I have had the honour to work with to move our rights forward:
Barbara Bell, Sandy Leo Laframboise, Kimberly Nixon, Shantel Ivits, Craig Maynard, Theresa Tait-Day, Sadie Kuehn, Jeannette Piry, Joanne Arnott, Liz Whynot, and Sheila Gilhooly.
Many people have asked me how to access the movie. Click here for the Itunes link.