Transgender Nova Scotians’ legal rights will soon be made clear in law.

Updated 02 Dec 12

On the 1st Dec 2012, Bill 140 passed with unanimous support in the Nova Scotia Legislature. There was no debate, just full on support for this amendment.

When I first posted this a week of so back, it was just as I came across it in the media. I found it interesting that a province that so many ‘from away’ (not from here) consider a bit backwards, that we are now one of only four provinces/territories that have made this change. Meanwhile, the federal Canadian government is still pondering the question on a national level, hopefully they come to their senses soon.

I’m wondering if this may help some of us crossdressers get out of the house a bit more. Dare I say…go shopping etc, knowing that we cannot be refused service because of how we are presenting/expressing ourselves?

I know there are those who say crossdressers don’t/shouldn’t come under the umbrella of transgender. I was never quite sure myself, (had considered it more applicable to these transitioning, transitioned or in the middle somewhere)  but after all the reading I have done recently, I believe that we do belong under that banner, because of the wording in the Human Rights Act change to include gender identity and gender expression.

How, we all now the old adage “sex is between the legs, gender is between the ears”,  my sex is Male and my gender is mostly male (95 or 90 or something % anyways) so when that 5 or 10% female gender wants to make an appearance, I should not be afraid to express it. That doesn’t mean I am going to walk out the door to work crossdressed anytime soon…lol.

I guess only time will tell how this change to the Act will ease the angst so many of us have.

Originally posted 23 Nov 12

Interesting news out of my home province.

Transgender Rights to be Protected in Human Rights Act
Department of Justice
November 20, 2012 11:11 AM
Transgender Nova Scotians’ right to equality and fairness will be made clear with proposed amendments to the Human Rights Act.

The amendments to be tabled today, Nov. 20, by Justice Minister Ross Landry will add gender identity and gender expression as protected grounds in the Human Rights Act.

Nova Scotians denied an apartment or job because they are transgender will be able to file a human rights complaint on that basis. Before, they would have had to file a complaint based on sex or disability.

“For too long, transgender Nova Scotians have faced discrimination, threats, insults and physical violence. This is not acceptable, and we will not tolerate it,” Mr. Landry said.

“Making this change is the right thing to do. Transgender Nova Scotians deserve the same legal protection that the rest of us take for granted.”

Ontario, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories have specific references to gender identity in their human rights legislation.

“We know that trans people face harassment and discrimination, and also that fear of such discrimination holds people back from leading full and healthy lives,” said Kevin Kindred, chair of the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project. “Affirming that trans discrimination is illegal will go a long way to alleviating that fear.”

Kate Shewan said people’s attitudes toward transgender Nova Scotians are improving, and these amendments will help.

“Transgender people are often worried that a gender transition could lead to rejection by friends or family, or the loss of their job,” said Shewan, a transgender woman who has transitioned over the last three years. “My hope is that this will lead to changes in public attitudes and greater acceptance in society.”

The amendments will be introduced today because Nov. 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an international day to remember people killed as a result of transphobia.

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Transgender Nova Scotians’ legal rights will soon be made clear in law.The province will add gender identity and gender expression to the Human Rights Act, Minister Ross Landry announced today (November 20th). This will clarify that people cannot be denied a job, a place to live or service at a business because they are transgender.

Mr. Landry says this demonstrates that Nova Scotia will not tolerate discrimination against people simply because they are transgender.

Ontario, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories have made similar changes to their human rights legislation.

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