The organizers of this year's Pride celebrations in Vancouver have made it clear that transgender rights are a priority for 2015.
Although they've been called on to do so by activists and the B.C. NDP, the governing Liberals have rebuffed calls to add gender identity to the province's code.
Asked about it during question period earlier this month, Justice Minister Suzanne Anton said the courts have been "crystal clear" that the current code covers trans and gender-variant people:
"The issue of gender identity and the human rights code of British Columbia is crystal clear. Our human rights code protects all persons, no matter what their identity, no matter what their gender identity."
Anton reiterated this in a statement to CBC News, saying, "Every individual - regardless of whether they are transgender, transsexual, gay, bisexual, heterosexual - is equal before and under the law and has the right to equal protection. The Human Rights Code is interpreted to include transgender persons and covers the rights of transgender persons."
Gender identity is explicitly protected in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, P.E.I. Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories.
As it stands, B.C.'s human rights code lists "sex" and "sexual orientation," but not gender.
Because of their issues with the pledge, the Liberal party will not be allowed to march in Sunday's Pride parade.
But that decision did not sit well with everyone. Vancouver Pride Society board member Tim Ell resigned this week, saying the pledge requirements had pushed the event into partisanship.
Lauren Strapagiel is Managing Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.
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