|Liberal Hedy Fry vows to sponsor trans bill in next Parliament
||[Apr. 16th, 2011|07:30 am]
From Xtra! Friday, April 15, 2011|
Long-time Liberal incumbent Hedy Fry announced her intention to bring a trans rights bill back under her name in the next parliament.Read the complete article here
“It’ll have to get back on the table, and someone has to do it, so I had told them that I would,” Fry says.
The NDP platform has an explicit commitment to moving forward with the aims of C-389, which would have added adding gender identity and gender expression to both the Human Rights Act and the hate crimes provisions of the Criminal Code. Retiring NDP MP Bill Siksay introduced the bill three times before announcing his retirement earlier this year.
For Fry, this remains the unfinished portion of her commitment to queer issues that she first ran on in 1993.
“The issue for me actually in many instances is lack of access to medical interventions and drugs that we see that a lot of the transgendered community aren’t getting,” Fry says. “It’s very spotty across the country, and in some provinces you can get access and in other provinces you cannot. Then that forces those who can afford to, to go to some country where there’s iffy surgery, and I don’t think that’s reasonable and fair given that this is a DSM condition, everyone’s accepted that it’s a medically necessary service that has to be done.”
Fry adds that if the Liberals form a government following the election, she will push to make this bill a piece of government legislation, which will mean faster and easier passage through the machinery of parliament.
If you have a minute please take the time to email Dr. Fry (firstname.lastname@example.org) and thank her for her ongoing support.