Canada is no safe haven for trans and non-binary people who simply want to live their lives openly and without fear, but the non-profit and charitable sector rarely discusses how to end anti-trans hatred — both in the sector and in communities.
Every Canadian province and territory now has human rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. However, trans Canadians, according to Statistics Canada, are more likely than cisgender Canadians to experience street harassment, be the victims of violence, or receive unwanted comments about their appearance at work. Other research points to a much higher poverty and homelessness rate compared to cisgender Canadians, as well as poorer mental health, higher drug use, and a much higher risk of suicide.
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