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Its been a good 2 weeks for Transgender Rights in Canada

On March 2nd, the Senate voted in favour of a bill that would add legal protection for Transgender Canadians. It passed 2nd reading in the Senate. Basically what this means is that if it passes 1 final vote (3rd reading), the bill will become law.

On March 13th, Nunavut passed unanimously a bill which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

On March 14th, Yukon Territory announced that it would remove the requirement of having sex reassignment surgery in order to change gender on a birth certificate AND they announced that they would put forward legislation to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

Today, New Brunswick’s government announced it would put forward legislation to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, expression or family status.

Also, in the British Columbia election in 1.5 months, there is a Transgender woman running for a major political party: Morgane Oger. This is the first time in history that a transgender person has been announced as a candidate for a major political party in Canada, and if she is elected she’ll be the first transgender politician in Canada.

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