Egale report on LGBTQ2SI discrimination in criminal code

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 Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is releasing its Just Society Committee report, reviewing Canada’s criminal justice system and providing recommendations on provisions to the Criminal Code that have a discriminatory effect on LGBTQ2SI Canadians, it was announced in Ottawa on Tuesday.

(LGBTQ2SI is acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, 2-Spirit, Intersex.  2S stands for Two-Spirit, a tradition in many First Nations that considers sexual minorities to have both male and female spirits; Intersex are people with two sets of genitalia or various chromosomal differences.)

This is in response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s expressed intention to review past cases where gay men were convicted of “gross indecency”

Founded in 1995, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) human rights through research, education and community engagement.

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The committee has asked Prime Minister Trudeau to implement a three stage course of action, to acknowledge the Report’s recommendations by Pride Day on July 3rd with proposed facilitator Frank Iacobucci to identify immediate possible recompenses that could be made to past victims, and to pursue a 12 month plan to rectify LGBTG2SI discriminations embedded within the Criminal Code.

There are many different groups affected by discrimination in the Criminal Code, so community consultation is intended to be held at the highest level of importance during this process, Egale said.

Egale Executive Director Helen Kennedy and constitutional lawyer Douglas Elliott are releasing the report, expressing the critical need for this review.

Others directly affected by these persecutions are present to support Kennedy and Elliott in their call for action. “Countless Canadians suffered criminal persecution, job-loss, ineligibility for pension, and dishonorable discharge from the military under “gross indecency” charges before homosexual acts were decriminalized in the late 1960s. The Egale Just Society Committee seeks to prevent further injustice from taking place due to human rights infractions against LGBTQ2SI that are inherent within the Canadian Criminal Code,” a statement issued by the organization said. – CINEWS

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