The federal government has introduced legislation to assure transgendered in Canada are not subjected to hate crimes and/or discrimination.
Our guest Jan Buterman is the Head of TESA, an organization representing transgendered in Alberta. Buterman lost his job as a teacher because of being transgender. Will the new legislation require he be reinstated?
Back to the gender-identification issue and the battle between the U.S. federal government, several states, school boards over the use of public washrooms based on gender self-identification.
In Gloucester, Virginia, Gavin Grimm’s case in 2014 became the subject of a special school board meeting. Should Gavin, who identifies as a boy but was born female, be permitted to use the boy’s bathroom? Gavin has been taking hormones, has legally changed his name, dresses as a boy and lives his life as a boy in every way. The board granted Gavin access to the boy’s bathroom, but then after public pressure, reversed its decision. Gavin and his family then filed suit in federal court. In opposition to using washrooms based on gender-identification, the alliance Defending Freedom, a non-profit Arizona-based law firm, wrote model legislation to restrict access to school bathrooms and locker rooms that lawmakers in at least five states have used (writes the Washington Post).
Matt Sharp is a legal counsel at Alliance Defence Group.