CANADA: PM Justin Trudeau Unveils Trans Rights Bill

The CBC reports:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in Montreal federal legislation about to be tabled*, which will guarantee legal and human rights protection to transgender people across Canada. “We have worked too hard for us to stop here,” Trudeau said. “Too hard to stop with the progress we have made because I sincerely believe that in Canada we can and we should do more.”

Trudeau made the announcement after he received the Laurent McCutcheon Award, named after the pioneer in the fight against homophobia who served as president of the Montreal hotline Gai Écoute from 1982 until 2013.

The award highlights Trudeau’s continued support for lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual individuals in Quebec and across Canada. “I believe in a Canada where men can give blood, regardless of their sexual orientation,” Trudeau said. “Where transgender people are protected by the law. A Canada where all prime ministers are proud to walk with the LGBT community during gay pride parades.”

The bill aimed at safeguarding transgender Canadians is to be tabled in the House of Commons on May 17, the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

*Outside of the US, “tabled” typically means “introduced.”