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  1. Join us for the Sudbury launch of the OHRC’s new Policy on preventing discrimination because of gender identity and gender expression

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - The Ontario Human Rights Commission, TG Innerselves Sudbury invite you to learn about the OHRC’s new Policy on preventing discrimination because of gender identity and gender expression

  2. Gender identity and gender expression – something to celebrate in 2012

    From: Annual report 2012-2013 - Rights, Partners, Action!

    On June 15, 2012, the Government of Ontario enacted a major change in the Human Rights Code, when it added gender identity and gender expression as Code grounds. The government acknowledged the need to include explicit language about gender identity and expression, to better protect people who are often vulnerable to discrimination in Ontario.

  3. A leader in the movement to protect people with diverse gender identities from discrimination

    From: A bold voice: Annual report 2016-2017

    The OHRC’s voice on gender identity and gender expression continues to be amplified by communities across Ontario, and by governments across Canada.

    Seeing results – changes on identity documents

    In Spring 2016, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services launched a major consultation on storing and sharing name and sex designation change information.

  4. Ontario Public Service (OPS) Gender Identity Policy: OHRC letter to Minister MacCharles

    June 15, 2017 - Dear Minister MacCharles, I trust this finds you well. I am writing to commend you on your Ministry’s leadership in development of the new OPS Gender Identity Policy - Gender Identity and Sex Information on Public-Facing Government Products and Forms, and to call on you to build on this important work by removing other human rights barriers that face people with diverse gender identities and gender expressions across government.

  5. Appendix B: Glossary for understanding gender identity and expression

    From: Policy on preventing discrimination because of gender identity and gender expression

    The words people use to describe themselves and others are very important. The right terms can affirm identities and challenge discriminatory attitudes. The wrong ones can disempower, demean and reinforce exclusion. While these terms and explanations are considered current and appropriate at the publication of this policy, their meaning and use can evolve and change over time. Generally, when in doubt, asking a person how they self-identify is the most respectful approach.

  6. 9.4. Intersections with gender identity

    From: Minds that matter: Report on the consultation on human rights, mental health and addictions

    Transgender people told us about the major impacts on their mental health from daily discrimination, lack of societal acceptance, poverty, unaffordable housing and alienation from family, based on gender identity. A focus group co-facilitated by Rainbow Health Ontario, identified poverty as a consequence of discrimination, but also a contributing factor to poor mental health. In a study of 433 trans Ontarians, half “seriously considered” suicide because they were trans. Trans youth (up to age 24) were more than twice as likely to seriously consider suicide than trans people over age 25.

  7. Commission involvement in gender identity issues

    From: Discussion paper: Toward a commission policy on gender identity

    The Commission has been aware of gender identity issues as far back as 1984. The Commission has received complaints from transsexuals in areas such as access to services, employment, lack of OHIP coverage for sex reassignment surgery, and access to medical care. However, the Commission has not specifically tracked the number of complaints connected with this issue.

  8. Discussion paper: Toward a commission policy on gender identity

    October 1999 - Research and consultation conducted by Commission staff in preparation for this paper shows that transgendered people experience negative stereotypes that have a pervasive and often traumatic impact on virtually every aspect of their lives. They are shunned by society and regarded with suspicion. Their jobs, housing and family lives are as threatened by the process of ‘coming out’ as by involuntary discovery. These are all issues that favour the development of a progressive policy to protect the human rights of transgendered persons within the legal framework of the Code.

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