NDP MPP DiNovo pushes bill to honour victims of anti-trans violence

QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario NDP LGBTQ Issues critic Cheri DiNovo was joined by community leaders, activists, stakeholder and allies from the trans community who came to Queen’s Park to support the second reading of DiNovo’s Trans Day of Remembrance Act.

“The Trans Day of Remembrance is about honouring those who have died as a result of transphobic hatred and prejudice, as well as confronting the daily threat of violence and widespread discrimination the trans community continues to face every day,” said DiNovo.

“New Democrats are proud to champion trans rights in the Ontario legislature, including leading the fight to ban conversion therapy, entrenching gender identity and gender expression protections in the Human Rights Code, and introducing the historic motion to mark the Trans Day of Remembrance with a moment of silence at Queen’s Park.”

Bill 74, Trans Day of Remembrance Act, 2016 proclaims November 20 to be Trans Day of Remembrance, encouraging Ontarians to remember and honour the victims of anti-trans violence in Ontario and around the world. The Act would also formalise the moment of silence at Queen’s Park originally introduced by DiNovo in 2015 through a motion in the legislature.

“This Act is an important step for Ontario, and I hope all Ontarians will take time to reflect on the ongoing challenges and threats faced by trans, non-binary, and two spirited folks living in this province, and elsewhere,” said DiNovo. “

The Trans Day of Remembrance is a day to mourn those we have lost, and celebrate the victories we have won. And it reminds us of the work we still have to do, until trans, non-binary, and two spirited Ontarians can enjoy life without fear of prejudice or violence.”