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Canadian Bill Would Protect Transgender People

Canadian Member of Parliament Bill Siksay has introduced a bill to ban inciting hatred or advocating genocide against transgender people, the Vancouver gay newspaper Xtra! West reported.


Gays have had such protections since 2004.

The bill would add “gender identity” to the list of distinguishable group traits in the Criminal Code.

The measure also gives judges leeway to impose harsher sentences for crimes motivated by “bias, prejudice or hate” based on gender identity.

Siksay, who is gay and represents a Vancouver-area district, said Canadian “transgender and transsexual people are regularly victims of abuse, harassment and physical violence.”

Only one of Canada's 13 provinces and territories – the Northwest Territories – explicitly prohibits anti-trans discrimination.

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