Rogers claims victory on government trans rights reversal
Today NDP Justice Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) is applauding government’s announcement that the Human Rights Act will be amended to include gender identity and gender expression on the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.
“This is a real victory for advocates of trans rights, “said Rogers. “I’m so happy that all the hard work is paying off and that trans people will now be protected by our Human Rights Act.”
Rogers has been a tireless advocate for the inclusion of gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds for discrimination since being elected to the House of Assembly in 2011.
“Until today government was adamant that these amendments were not needed,” said Rogers. “I too was adamant that they were needed and I’ve spoken about this numerous times in the House of Assembly; asking questions, making statements and presenting petitions from the people of the province.
“I’m thrilled that government has finally accepted the evidence and arguments presented to them. November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance and this year in Newfoundland and Labrador we will have reason to celebrate the tireless work of transgender advocates.”