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Published on 2012-06-23 and tagged for Ontario

DiNovo welcomes Royal Assent for Toby's Act

Via Cheri DiNovo:

DiNovo welcomes Royal Assent for Toby’s Act

Queen’s Park – At 3.15 p.m. this afternoon the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario granted Royal Assent to Toby’s Act, the new law that will finally enshrine gender identity and gender expression into the province’s Human Rights Code.

“This is a landmark moment for all Ontarians as we take another hugely important leap forward in the cause of equality by including gender identity and expression in our human rights code,” said High Park-Parkdale MPP Cheri DiNovo today, who has led from the front to get this bill written into law.

“For trans people it is nothing short of momentous as we become the first province bend the arc of history toward a world that recognises their rights and protects them from discrimination,” she added.

Bill 33, Toby’s Act was passed by the Ontario Legislature last week, the fourth time it has been introduced by DiNovo, this time with the support of co-sponsors Christine Elliott MPP and Yasir Naqvi MPP.

Toby’s Law is named in honour of Toby Dancer, a prominent record producer who died in 2004. Dancer attended Emmanuel Howard Park United Church, where she met DiNovo, then working as the church minister.

“Cities around the world have celebrated Pride this month, and Ontario can proudly claim to have most comprehensive legal protections in North America for trans people after the passage of this bill,” said DiNovo.

“I want to take the opportunity to thank all those who have worked so hard over many years to get this essential legislation through over a huge number of hurdles when we were told it was impossible, and particularly to Toby Dancer who inspired this law and who would have been so proud to see this day.”
Susan Gapka
Trans Health Lobby Group - Chair
www.translobbygroup.ca

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