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Government to change B.C. human rights code to protect gender rights


The BC government has announced it will amend the BC human rights code to include gender identity, or expression among the protected grounds covered in the code.

Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says the government will introduce a bill next week that would add gender identity and gender expression to the list of protected areas in the provincial Human Rights Code.

Statement from Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton:

“Under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, every individual is equal before and under the law, and has the right to equal protection. This includes transgender persons, as interpreted by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the courts, and made clear in law.

“Over the past several weeks and months, I have met with transgender individuals and advocates who have passionately expressed the desire to see protections currently afforded within the definition of ‘sex’ made more explicit by recognizing ‘gender identity and gender expression’ expressly in B.C.’s Human Rights Code.

“Today, on behalf of our government, I am proud to announce that we will be introducing legislation to amend B.C.’s Human Rights Code to include ‘gender identity or expression’ among the protected grounds covered by the code.

“With these amendments, B.C.’s Human Rights Code will reflect the current state of law in our province and will align with human rights legislation across the country, including Canada’s proposed Bill to add ‘gender identity or expression’ to the Canadian Human Rights Act.

“I know this addition means a great deal to those who have advocated for its inclusion. These amendments will create greater consistency across Canada and will reflect the fact that transgender persons are protected under the common law.

“As we move forward, may we all strive to improve societal attitudes and conditions so that every British Columbian feels as protected and respected as they are by law.”

Victoria Buzz Staff
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