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Ontario Passes Trans Protections Law

Ontario Passes Trans Protections Law


Ontario this week passed a law to protect citizens against gender identity and gender expression discrimination.

The bill was passed unanimously by all three parties in the legislature.

Reports The Gazette:

Ontario’s Human Rights Code was updated Wednesday for the first time since the 1980s to extend protections to transgender people, something Manitoba was expected to do Thursday.

Members of all three parties in Ontario’s legislature voted to amend the code to add the terms “gender identity” and “gender expression” to prevent discrimination against transgender people.

It was the first change to the code since it was amended to add the words “sexual orientation” to protect gays and lesbians.


The Ontario legislation was called Toby’s Act, in honour of the late musician Toby Dancer, who led the choir at the Toronto United Church where [lead sponsor] DiNovo was a minister before she became a member of provincial parliament.

This trans-friendly amendment to the Ontario Human Rights Code marks Ontaria as the first major jurisdiction in North Americato expressly protect its trans citizens.

Lead sponsor Cheri DoNovo, who has worked for the past fix years to pass this amendment, toldCBC News:

“To me it’s homage to a dear, dear friend who was lost as many transgendered folk are lost to suicide,” she said.

DiNovo said the amendment will do more than just help transgender people be accepted.

“It will change a great inequity that has been in place forever,” she said.

A similar amendment that would modify Manitoba’s Human Rights Code to make it trans-inclusive is expected to pass on Thursday.

It is hoped that this change may even spur US states such as New York to enact trans rights bills that have so far failed to gain traction despite broad public support.


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7:29AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

This shows how Canada is leading the U.S. in so many ways. Great news!

3:11AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Rylan, if there is any justice in the world you wont even become a father. But I can see you becoming a grand fat(head).

Congratulations to Ontario. The US certainly needs to follow your lead this time.

7:36PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Wow! Great !I am afraid that I am starting to feel optimistic about these kinds of issues, but my rational side is saying "Not so fast, buster!"
Oh, Pepe, if the Lord were merciful the world would not be in the shambles it is in. This is about people acting with integrity.

7:10PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012


6:53PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Canada is a shining light in a dark world.

5:46PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012


5:04PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Great - good news!

3:32PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

3:08PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

We are not our fathers and we dont live in their days. Thanx the merciful Lord for some of us at least.. :P
Great news!

2:48PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Looks like Canada is the best place in the world to be trans as well as to be a woman.

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