Attorney General Announces Rights For Transgender Nova Scotians

January 4, 2013

Transgender Nova Scotians’ right to equality and fairness will be made clear with proposed amendments to the Human Rights Act.

The amendments by Justice Minister Ross Landry will add gender identity and gender expression as protected grounds in the Human Rights Act.

Nova Scotians denied an apartment or job because they are transgender will be able to file a human rights complaint on that basis. Before, they would have had to file a complaint based on sex or disability.

“For too long, transgender Nova Scotians have faced discrimination, threats, insults and physical violence. This is not acceptable, and we will not tolerate it,” Mr. Landry said.

“Making this change is the right thing to do. Transgender Nova Scotians deserve the same legal protection that the rest of us take for granted.”