Canadian House Of Commons Advances Transgender Nondiscrimination Protections

Canada has once again taken a step forward for LGBT equality ahead of the United States. In a vote of 149–137, the Canadian House of Commons approved a bill (C-279) that would make it illegal to discriminate against people who are transgender, and it would also add hate crime protections for transgender people. The bill would not have passed without 16 votes from conservatives, despite arguments from opponents that it was a “bathroom bill” and would somehow endanger children. It’s unclear how the legislation will fare in the Senate.