With Trans Day of Remembrance coming up this weekend, NDP MP Bill Siksay spoke in the House of Commons today about it.
Mr. Speaker, November 20 is Trans Day of Remembrance.
In communities across Canada and around the world transsexual and transgender people will gather with their families, friends, co-workers and allies to remember the victims of transphobic violence, some of whom died as a result of physical and sexual assault.
We will renew our commitment to ending violence, discrimination and bullying against trans people and to build a society where they can enjoy full, happy, healthy, productive, safe and secure lives.
One step toward this goal is to add gender identity and expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act and to the Criminal Code's hate crime and sentencing provisions.
The House will again debate this proposal in the coming weeks when it considers Bill C-389 at third reading. Trans folks and their allies will be here on Parliament Hill tomorrow to show their support for this important bill.
New Democrats are proud to stand in solidarity with transsexual and transgender Canadians on Trans Day of Remembrance.