A message from Day of Pink Ambassador, Hon. Yasir Naqvi on Trans rights in prisons.
Earlier today, I was proud to announce a new policy for the Admission, Classification and Placement of Trans Inmates in Ontario.
As you may know, in 2012 I co-sponsored Bill 33, Toby’s Act, which amended the Human Rights Code, enshrining gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of discrimination. This new framework for Ontario’s correctional facilities not only compliments Toby’s Act but is also the most comprehensive of its kind in Canada as it ensures that trans inmates:
· Are placed in an institution appropriate to their gender identity or housing preference, and involved in the accommodation process;
· Will be referred to by their preferred name and gender pronoun (e.g., he, she, him, her); and
· Will be provided the opportunity to choose the gender of staff performing searches, and will be offered privacy during searches.
Trans inmates deserve the same protections, the same dignity and the same treatment as all inmates. Today’s announcement is about further protecting human rights and I am proud that we took this important step forward together.
I would like to thank you for your continued support. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Yasir Naqvi, MPP