Bill ammendment protects transgendered from hate crimes – by Bree Gardner, Weal Staff Writer

A Canadian law has been amended to protect transgendered people from hate crimes.

In Section 318 of Bill C-389 in the Criminal Code, subsection four protects people from hate crimes directed towards them based on their colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.

C-389 adds “gender identity,” defined as the gender persons identify with regardless of physical gender, and “gender expression,” referring to the way an individual chooses to portray their gender, be it clothing, mannerisms, presentation and/or roles, to the section’s list of specifications.