Canada’s Prime Minister Protects Transgender Rights

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced new federal legislation that promises to fully guard human rights of transgender people across Canada. Specific details of the rights and protections included in the new transgender rights bill have not been announced.

Trudeau has made many progressive moves in his short time as Canada’s PM: he’s made declarations in favor of feminist causes, marched for LGBT issues, encouraged Syrian refugees to seek haven in Canada, and even proposed legislation for medicinal marijuana and medically-assisted suicide.  

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia was recognized for the first time on May 17th. Its creation was announced as Trudeau accepted the Laurent McCutcheon Award in Montreal, Quebec for his continued support of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual Canadians.

“We must continue to demand true equality […] we must carry on the legacy of those who fought for justice by being bold and ambitious in our actions, and we must work diligently to close the gap between our principles and reality” said Prime Minister Trudeau of the announcement of the bill.