Working Towards Alliance in the GTA

There is a new effort aiming to bring a central voice to various trans* groups in the GTA:

The Toronto Trans Alliance aims to act as an umbrella organization representing a wide spectrum of trans people in the Greater Toronto Area, offering social events for members and participating in social justice campaigns centred on issues affecting trans people.

For more information, visit: http://torontotransalliance.com/

 

Nominations for 2013 INSPIRE Awards

Hi Folks!

I just  wanted to send out notice that nominations for the 2013 INSPIRE Awards closes at the end of February, which is fast approaching!

If someone in your community stands out, they should be nominated! You can find details on this page to ensure they are on track to get the recognition they deserve!

I think it’s awesome that INSPIRE Awards have brought GLAAD on-board as a supporter. By next week, you’ll see posts from GLAAD about their involvement. They will be attending this year’s event at Hart House on June 1st, and speaking as well.

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Trans Pride Canada – Update on Gender Identity Bill (C-279)

Update on C-279, courtesy of our friends at Trans Pride Canada:

The parliamentary committee reviewing this bill is receiving deputations from concerned groups on Nov. 20 and 22. On Nov. 27, they will meet to determine what to present to parliament by Dec. 6 regarding this bill.

There are a lot of issues being discussed during the deputations, including:

– Hard-coding definitions of Gender Identity and/or Gender Expression in the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. This would be unprecedented as no other protected group has had a hard-coded definition of their constituency. Hard-coding would likely exclude some trans people from protections under this legislation. It is our opinion that this is unacceptable for these reasons.

– The inclusion or exclusion of the term “gender expression”, which many Conservatives have clearly indicated they want to exclude if they are to vote in favour of this bill. Egale Canada and Trans Pride Canada together commissioned an official opinion from constitutional lawyers on this issue, which concluded that human rights are broadly interpreted under the CHRA and the absence of “gender expression” would not limit the rights of any trans people because they’ll be covered under “gender identity”. Nevertheless, this is a contentious issue.

– The current French language translation of the bill which conflates gender identity with sexual orientation. There is an indication that this translation is being corrected now before this bill goes back to parliament.

– Whether trans people are currently and adequately protected under the term of “sex” in the CHRA and Criminal Code. Our conversations with other parties who are presenting confirm that this assertion is resoundingly rejected by all of us. For example, 20% of trans people in Canada have experienced physical assault and there has never been a hate crime judgement based on this.

We will update here as we acquire further information regarding the bill.

System installed

OK, so I’ve finally made some decisions and taken a few steps.

My vision for TransCommunity.ca is a space for trans organizations across Canada to create their presence online.

I’ve chosen WordPress as a platform, as it’s reasonably well understood. Yes, I know, there are lots of platforms out there, and everybody has their favourite, but the reality is I needed a single system to maintain otherwise we risk withering under technical problems.

WordPress is set in something called “Multisite” mode, which means that each group we host on TransCommunity.ca has their own separate space and autonomy to do what they want to do (of course, within the bounds of our WordPress installation). They manage their own users, and their own content.

So, here we go folks. If you have a trans-related group, and are looking for an online presence, drop me a line and we’ll set something up for you on TransCommunity.ca

-Stacey