Looks like the fourth attempt of NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo to pass Toby’s Law may finally be on its way to a successful conclusion.
DiNovo has been trying since 2007 to get this law passed. It would amend the Ontario Human Rights Code by adding gender identity and expression to protect transpeople from discrimination in the province.
The need for it was highlighted by an ugly October 2011 trans discrimination incident at a flea market in London, ON that news of went international.
On May 10 Private Member’s Bill 33 reached Second reading stage. The bill has support from all three parties in the Ontario Legislature and after debate came up for a vote which was unanimous.
The bill now goes to committee and if it clears committe with no propblems will be brought back to the Ontario House for a Third Reading that should it pass, will become provincial law.
Wow, major props to the persistence of MPP DiNovo, the local trans rights groups there to keep pushing for its passage. Hopefully you peeps in Ontario will really have something to celebrate when pride kicks off later in June.