Rogers brings trans issues to Question Period
November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, and St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers brought the issues of Newfoundland and Labrador’s trans community to the House of Assembly.
She first renewed her call to include Gender Identity in the province’s Human Rights Act. “Trans people are the most vilified, bullied and discriminated against in our society. They are often refused employment, housing and comprehensive health services,” said Rogers.
She noted that the Northwest Territories, Manitoba and Ontario all include gender identity in their human rights legislation, Quebec and the federal government are in the process of doing so, and Nova Scotia did so today.
“Our own Human Rights Commission has stated the need to amend our Human Rights Act to include Gender Identity,” she said. “I ask the Minister of Justice, when will your government amend our Human Rights Act to include Gender Identity as a prohibitive grounds for discrimination?”
Rogers also spoke about the lack of access to comprehensive, co-ordinated health services. “Trans people … are required to go to the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto, often waiting up to 14 months for an appointment, and at great personal expense and hardship, in order to be diagnosed so their health needs such as Sex Reassignment Surgery will be covered by MCP,” she said.
“There are qualified doctors here in the province able and willing to provide that diagnostic service. I ask the Minister of Health will she change the policy and establish an assessment team of our own qualified doctors to provide this vital diagnostic service for trans people in Newfoundland and Labrador?”