Monday, December 03, 2012

Nova Scotia Passes Trans Human Rights Law!

Add Nova Scotia to the list of Canadian provinces and legislative jurisdictions that have passed trans human rights laws

According to Mercedes Allen and NSRAP, the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project, Bill 140, the Transgendered Persons Protection Act, which adds gender identity and expression to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act unanimously passed its third reading

It not only continues the positive momentum of trans human rights legislative wins north of the 49th Parallel, it also makes Nova Scotia the fourth Canadian legislative jurisdiction after the Northwest Territories, Ontario and Manitoba to add protections to their provincial or territorial human rights laws that include gender identity and expression.  

Meanwhile the trans human rights issue is being debated in Newfoundland and Labrador and C-273, the federal Trans Rights Bill passed Second Reading on June 6 and is now in committee.

For transpeople in Nova Scotia, you received an early Christmas present this year.  I hope the rest of Canada follows suit in recognizing the human rights of trans Canadians and the need to respect and protect those human rights under their nations laws.

And congrats Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Legislature and NSRAP for getting it done.  Your southern trans cousins in the States couldn't be happier for you.

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