NDP condemns Russian anti-trans legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 9, 2015

 

NDP CONDEMNS RUSSIAN ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION

 OTTAWA – The NDP is appalled by the Russian government’s adoption of a law banning Transgender and Transsexual people from driving.

 “This new law is regressive and unconscionable,” said NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre). “I urge the Canadian government to condemn the Russian government’s discrimination against Russia’s Trans community.”

 The new Russian law includes Transgender and Transsexual identification among a set of mental disorders. It comes in the wake of other widely condemned homophobic Russian legislation prohibiting so-called “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships.” 

“The NDP continues to call on the Government of Canada to institute visa bans against the Russian legislators responsible for these atrocious laws,” added NDP LGBT Critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca). “Prime Minister Harper should also send a clear message to Russia by urging his Conservative Senators to support my Bill C-279 to create new protections for Trans people in Canada.” 

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