Spencer Chandra Herbert wants B.C. Human Rights Code to expand defination
Vancouver NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert introduced a bill in the legislature today calling for gender identity and expression to be protected under the B.C. Human Rights Code.
“In our province we’ve not done nearly enough to ensure that transgender people, peoples gender identities and expression is protected.
If it’s not right there in black and white, you don’t know that you have those rights.
You can’t protect your rights, if you don’t know you have them.”
This was the fourth time the MLA introduced the bill since 2011 and he hopes this time it will pass.
Herbert spoke to the media outside the grounds of the legislature and was joined by transgender elementary students and activists.
Delta’s Tru Wilson and Comox Valley’s Harriette Cunningham are grade seven students fighting for the rights of transgender youth like themselves.
“It is technically in there but it needs to be really clear so that everyone knows that we have the same rights as every other human being.”
“I think this legislation is important because it would really help educate the public on the issues and it would teach them that trans isn’t an issue and it’s not a deformity.”