Montreal: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced legislation to protect transgender people from hate speech and discrimination.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau
“Even today, despite all the obstacles we have overcome, the battles we have won, we are still witnesses, and in some cases, victims of injustices,” Trudeau said in a speech at an event hosted by gay rights group Fondation Emergence yesterday.
The bill was officially unveiled by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould yesterday.
Why not US?
South of the border, meanwhile, a debate on equal rights in the United States has been raging over a flurry of initiatives targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities since a historic Supreme Court decision last year legalised same-sex marriage nationwide. Last week, the US federal government and North Carolina’s governor launched dueling lawsuits over a state law restricting transgender Americans’ use of public restrooms.