The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity has sent around the following email. If you belong to an organization with an associated mandate, please consider participating in the following campaign:
Bill C-16 has been introduced for the 3rd time in the House of Commons, and seeks to add gender identity & gender expression as a protected human rights ground federally.
On September 19, 2016–the first day of session, we (a collection of over 40 organization) will be sending our the following letter to all Parliamentarians and Senators to remind them of the importance to support this Bill.
To add your name to the community letter, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- your organization’s full name,
- mailing address,
- and contact person
Please note, we do need confirmation of your participation by September 11th, 2016.
Should you have questions, please call me at: 613-858-3427.
The recommended letter is as follows:
We the undersigned hereby affirm that we stand in support with Bill C-16, the bill introduced on May 17th 2016 by The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould that will guarantee legal and human rights for trans people throughout Canada. Bill C-16 will update the Human Rights Act and Criminal Code to now include gender identity and gender expression, ensuring protection and safety for all trans people. Though similar bills have appeared in the past this is the first time it is a government bill, giving it a higher chance of passing through the House of Commons and the Senate.
Trans people in Canada are diverse individuals who experience unique and specific forms of oppression that are not protected under the current Human Rights Act and Criminal Code. Including gender identity and gender expression are more specific to trans people than other factors that are currently covered such as sex.
Though different provinces have already included gender identity and expression into their Human Rights Commissions this would be the first time a federal bill of this nature would be passed.
We the undersigned stand with the trans community of Canada, whether as members or allies, and in support of Bill C-16 and the safety, comfort, and happiness of all trans people.
(LIST of Organizations)
(pronouns: he, him, his)
The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity
C304-440 rue Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1R 5B5 (territoire Algonquin Territory)
email@example.com/ Tel: 613-858-3427
For more information on CCGSD visit http://ccgsd-ccdgs.org