Canada Has Finally Adopted A Bill Protecting Trans And Nonbinary People
It passed the Senate 67 to 11.

Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code, passed a vote in the Senate with 67 in favour.

It prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression, just as Canada's human rights code prohibits discrimination due to gender, sexual orientation, religion, and other factors.

But getting here has been a process, to say the least.

A similar bill was first introduced by the NDP in 2005. It was reintroduced in 2006, then again in 2009. Twice, bills to protect trans and nonbinary Canadians died in the Senate.

One of the reasons was Conservative Senator Don Plett. He has repeatedly been accused of stalling these bills with amendments and arguments that many called offensive. He inspired #PlettPutMeHere, a social media movement that saw trans folks taking selfies in bathrooms that didn't correspond with their identity.

Plett was one of 11 Senators who voted against C16.

The Senate noted the passage with a rainbow-themed announcement on Twitter.

Though the NDP has been largely responsible for previous attempts, this represents a major win for Justin Trudeau's Liberal government and its Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 Issues, Randy Boissonnault.

But mostly it's a huge win for the trans and nonbinary Canadians, and the people who have spent 12 years working to make this happen.

So it's time to celebrate.

And affirm that, in Canada, trans rights are human rights.

Happy Pride Month, Canada.


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