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This 10-Year-Old Canadian Trans Activist Was The Best Part Of The Trans Rights Bill Announcement

Charlie Lowthian-Rickert is your new hero.

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Members of Canada's trans communities were in Ottawa today to celebrate a new bill that will make it illegal to discriminate against people based on their gender identity or gender expression.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced the bill at a press conference on Parliament Hill. The bill will add trans protections to Canadian human rights laws and the Criminal Code.
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Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced the bill at a press conference on Parliament Hill. The bill will add trans protections to Canadian human rights laws and the Criminal Code.

The justice minister then gave the floor over to 10-year-old Charlie Lowthian-Rickert, who had a powerful message to share about her own experiences and what her hopes are for the legislation.

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“I know that the law won’t change the daily reality of bullying, but it may stop those heartless humans who can’t accept me for who I am from doing worse than just calling me names," Charlie told Wilson-Raybould.

“This law is one important step that offers our family and my friends here today one simple thing: hope.”
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“This law is one important step that offers our family and my friends here today one simple thing: hope.”

Charlie said the bill made her feel safer.

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"It will protect me in the future. And when the bill is passed, if I have children, then those children will be protected."

Despite how young she is, Charlie has been speaking up for trans rights for years.

For those entranced with brave Charlie, here she is at NINE, speaking on the Hill about #trans rights https://t.co/v4kEwt5Ezj #C16 #canqueer

Charlie, who knew she was a girl when she was three years old, has experienced a lot of bullying and stigma as a result of her gender identity. But she has never backed down from being who she is.

Way to go, Charlie.

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