Bill 7, the Alberta Human Rights Amendment Act 2015, would add gender identity and gender expression as expressly prohibited grounds of discrimination into the Alberta Human Rights Act.
Protection from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression is specifically relevant for trans and gender variant people, as their gender identity may differ from the sex they were assigned at birth.
“Our government is committed to standing up for all Albertans. If passed, Bill 7 will empower the trans and gender variant community as they confront the stereotypes and discrimination that we know still exist. All Albertans deserve to be treated with equal dignity and respect.”
Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
“Instead of trans Albertans seeking remedy after discrimination has occurred, including gender identity and gender expression in the Alberta Human Rights Act will help discourage such discrimination from happening in the first place. Formal affirmation of human rights is an important step towards addressing ongoing social inequalities.”
Jan Lukas Buterman, President, Trans Equality Society of Alberta
“This act of including gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds indicates recognition of the specific challenges the trans and gender variant community face. With this in place, it will be crystal clear that people cannot be discriminated against for their gender identity or gender expression. It’s a great day for human rights in Alberta.”
Mickey Wilson, Executive Director, Pride Centre of Edmonton
“The addition of gender identity and gender expression under the Alberta Human Rights Act would make the current protection offered under the legislation clear. These changes strengthen Alberta’s commitment to ensuring that everyone is able to fully participate in the cultural, social, economic and political life of the province, without discrimination.”
Robert A. Philp, QC, Chief of the Alberta Human Rights Commission and Tribunals
Gender identity refers to a person’s internal, individual experience of gender. Gender expression refers to the varied way in which a person expresses their gender, through a combination of dress, demeanor, social behavior and other factors.