It was announced today that transgender inmates in Federal prisons will be housed according to their gender identity and will be addressed using the correct pronouns (among other rights). This is a “win” for gender identity and expression and human rights – but what about for Trans and non-binary … [Continue reading] A “Win” for Transgender Inmates?
You have undoubtedly, by now, read or heard about MP Rob Anders petition against bill C279 and why he is opposed. *sigh* Let's all take a moment to review: - Transgender individuals currently don't have human rights in Canada. This is a disgrace. - Bill C279 is about rectifying this so that Trans … [Continue reading] The Dangers of Ignorance in Positions of Power
You may have heard/read about/seen the kafuffel about the transfather who breastfeeds his child and who wanted to be a La Leche League Canada Leader - and who was told "no". La Leche League Canada (LLLC) is an organization that advocates breastfeeding. The "no" was because Trevor McDonald does … [Continue reading] The Cost of Exclusion
What’s it like to not have human rights protection in Canada? Yes, you read correctly. You may be thinking if someone is old enough, and depending on their identities, that they may remember. Think again. If you are transgender* in Canada, you are not protected under the Canadian Human Rights Act … [Continue reading] Improving Human Rights in Canada
A little levity on a Friday afternoon....with a message, of course. I walked into the pet store earlier this week and was confronted with a large cardboard marketing campaign for Family Stickers – the new thing in advertising who we are through our vehicles. You may have seen them – they are stick … [Continue reading] Family Stickers
Last month Australia made a significant change on their passport application forms; there are now three options for “gender” – M, F and X. When your passport doesn’t reflect what you look like – when your listed gender doesn’t match who you are - it can be, in the words of Senator Louise Pratt, … [Continue reading] The Difference an “X” Can Make
We're lucky in Canada to have a Human Rights Code that recognizes the inherent right to fair and equitable treatment, regardless of who we are...well, almost. Gender Identity is still not specified as a prohibited ground for discrimination under the Code. Most of us probably haven't given this … [Continue reading] Gender Identity & Human Rights
Last week I saw a short article in the Metro News about a new at-home gender prediction test that pregnant women (and pregnant trans men) can take at 7 weeks. It is called (no surprise) "Pink or Blue". *sigh* But this post is not about colours. It's about gender versus sex. It's a distinction that … [Continue reading] Gender & Sex – learning the difference