People share personal experiences and the challenges they face because or their gender identity or expression, and also talk about major milestones in adding gender identity and expression to human rights laws.
By Sophia Banks
Two months ago when I came out as a trans woman and raised my voice in solidarity with the transgender community I really had no idea what was going to happen next.
I’ve been lucky to book a few weddings with some awesome couples, but aside from those bookings I have also had to refund several client deposits. Generally speaking, Toronto is not ready for a transgender wedding photographer.
It was 1987. That was the year I turned 16. It was also the year I acknowledged that I’m gay.
The years of WW1 saw a great remarkable spread of women’s rights and female suffrage all over the world as well as in Canada. Female suffrage is the right of women to vote. Women at this time were treated differently from men, at least in voting rights. Especially, back then, women were considered to be inferior to men, but after many years of hard work and protest, women finally gained the same equality as men.
By Dr. Barbara Landau
Women in Canada have only recently come close to equal treatment. We were not allowed to vote until WW1 (1914-18) and Quebec only granted women the vote in 1940. Even with the vote, women did not have rights separate from their husbands. Until 1929, women were not considered “persons” under our Constitution for the purpose of serving in the Senate.
I will share a sample of my experiences that hopefully young women today will find unthinkable.