Making the law work for all of us
Finally! B.C's Human Rights Code is Up to Date
Just in time to escape the embarrassment of being excluded from Pride this year, the BC Government has amended the B.C. Human Rights Code to add "gender identity" and "gender expression".
Last year the Liberals were refused entry into the parade because they refused to sign the Pride Society's pledge to support human rights for trans people.
This year, their tune has changed.
But they are only mouthing the words.
While the government is claiming to support trans rights, on the one hand, they are fighting tooth and nail against trans rights on the other.
They are refusing to remove gender markers from birth certificates - even though they know
A hearing is expected in the birth certificate case in December.
By next Pride, maybe there will be action and not just empty words.
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.