Legal “Protection” of Gender Identity and Expression More Harmful than Helpful? – by Jesse Grass, Natalie Gray

Montreal – “Remember Stonewall?” read a banner dropped by two young people before they were arrested at this year’s Trans-* Day of Remembrance in Ottawa. They were asking the community to remember a landmark riot against state repression and police brutality, led by Sylvia Rivera, a trans- woman of colour. The event is commonly known as “the hairpin drop heard around the world,” and remembered as having catalyzed North American trans- organizing.