In the past year, we have been reaching out and supporting a number of groups and sectors to help promote and protect rights for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender persons.
For example, we have continued to support efforts by various organizations to have gender identity added as an explicit ground of the Ontario Human Rights Code. Transgender individuals continue to be very marginalized in society. Recognizing this explicitly would send a strong message that transgender persons must enjoy the same human rights protections as all other Ontarians.
Many aspects of bullying in schools raise serious human rights issues. We have met with a number of community groups regarding gay-straight alliances and in May 2012 will appear before the government committee considering Bills 13 and 14, which both deal with adding anti-bullying amendments to the Education Act.
Sharing the celebrations: while the OHRC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011, we also took part in several events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the inclusion in the Human Right Code of the ground of sexual orientation.
Sharing the celebrations
While the OHRC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011, we also took part in several events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the inclusion in the Human Right Code of the ground of sexual orientation. For example, we joined colleagues in the Ontario Public Service Pride Network to march in Toronto’s annual Pride Parade with a banner commemorating our 50th anniversary with the motto “Ontario Human Rights Commission = 50, PRIDE = forever!