Urgent Action Alert to Prime Minister Harper and Party Leaders: Support Bill C-389 TODAY to Ensure Full Human Rights Protections for Transgender and Transsexual Canadians
February 4, 2011
This week Members of Parliament can vote YES for human rights. Please act TODAY to protect human rights to gender identity and gender expression.
Bill C-389, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression), is a private member’s bill that was first debated on May 10, 2010. By updating the Canadian Human Rights Act to include gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds for discrimination and amending the Criminal Code of Canada to include gender identity and gender expression in the hate crime and sentencing provisions, Bill C-389 is an essential step in providing full human rights protection for one of the most marginalized groups in our society.
Transsexual and transgender people all too often experience discrimination, harassment, and violence because of their gender identity and gender expression. These injustices prevent access to safe learning environments at school, deny employment opportunity and stability, hinder access to income security, food security, and housing, and create barriers for appropriate, inclusive health and human services. For additional background materials and references, please see the resolution on this issue that was passed on June 7, 2010 at the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Nurses Association available here. 
Please Act Now! Bill C-389 passed the Report Stage on December 8, 2010 with a vote of 143 in favour to 131 opposed. The next step is one hour of Third Reading debate and a vote. The debate is scheduled for the morning of Monday, February 7th and the vote will be on Wednesday, February 9, 2011. So today is the day to let our elected leaders know nurses support full human rights protection for all Canadians!
Resources: Bill C-389: Additional information including current status, major speeches in Parliament, and recorded votes may be found here .
Bill C-389: Additional information including current status, major speeches in Parliament, and recorded votes may be found here .