Alberta's NDP government moved this week to ensure transgender, non-binary and gender variant communities are protected.
Specifically, those words will be added to this passage:
WHEREAS it is recognized in Alberta as a fundamental principle and as a matter of public policy that all persons are equal in: dignity, rights and responsibilities without regard to race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income, family status or sexual orientation;
"No Albertan should be denied basic services for being true to themselves," Ganley said at the announcement, according to CBC.
The announcement comes just ahead of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual event to remember those who have been killed by anti-trans violence.
If Bill 7 is passed, Alberta will be the eighth province to explicitly ensure the protection of non-cisgender residents in its human rights code.
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