Transgender Rights Bill back in Commons
Now reintroduced in the House of Commons as Bill C-279, the long-awaited, long-lamented private member’s bill that would enshrine gender identity and gender expression in the Canadian Human Rights Act has passed second reading.
The bill, which was originally introduced by the now-retired BC MP Bill Siksay, is now being championed by NDP MP Randall Garrison. This is the fourth time the bill has been before the Commons. Last time, it was officially passed by the House following Third Reading and was before the Senate when Parliament was dissolved in preparation for the 2011 federal election.
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Curiously – perhaps predictably – the Bill has been generating an uncharacteristically high level of media interest this week as a coattail issue associated with the recent uproar over transgender Miss Universe contestant Jenna Talackova. She was at first disqualified by the Miss Universe Pageant when she revealed that she was not ‘born a woman’. She was later reinstated as a contestant after Pageant owner Donald Trump overrode Pageant management’s original decision.
~ as reported by The Canadian Press, April 11, 2012