Ontario has become the first province in Canada to recognize gender identity in its human rights legislation.
An amendment to the Ontario Human Rights Code prohibiting discrimination against transgender people was passed in the legislature on Wednesday.
Minutes after the amendment passed, the lobby outside the legislature was filled with transgender people, hugging and shaking hands with MPPs.
Christine Elliott, deputy leader of the Opposition Progressive Conservatives said the new law will “prevent discrimination against anyone in Ontario.”
In a rare show of unity the bill, which was supported by all three parties in the legislature, passed unanimously.