Pressure grows to improve human rights for transgender people in Newfoundland

Pressure grows to improve human rights for transgender people in Newfoundland

As Newfoundland and Labrador celebrates its gay pride week, pressure is growing on the province to improve human rights protections for the transgender community.

The NDP has called on the Progressive Conservative government to add gender identity as a prohibited ground of discrimination under its Human Rights Act.

Openly gay NDP member Gerry Rogers says the province should follow action already taken in the Northwest Territories, Ontario, Manitoba and parts of the U.S. and Europe to distinctly protect transgender men and women.

Rogers has repeatedly pushed the government on the issue to no avail. But the passing of a bill last month to add both “gender identity” and “gender expression” to Ontario’s human rights code was hailed by supporters as a breakthrough that could see other provinces follow suit.



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