Top Stories of 2016: Number 5 – Transgender Issues

For the last 10 days of 2016, the Angus Reid Institute is counting down our top 10 stories of the year, based on the total number of pageviews they received at angusreid.org. This is number 5.

As several U.S. states – most notably North Carolina – introduced legislation requiring transgender people to use the washrooms that correspond with the gender they were assigned at birth, Canada’s federal government introduced a very different sort of bill in 2016.

Bill C-16 adds “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the list of grounds protected from discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act, and the Angus Reid Institute found Canadians overwhelmingly supportive of it in a wide-ranging poll on transgender issues released in early September.

The poll found less consensus around washroom use and identification documents, but painted an overall picture of an accommodating, tolerant society – one in which nearly eight-in-ten (78%) see increasing acceptance of transgender people as “a sign of social progress.”

Read the full study here: http://angusreid.org/transgender-issues/

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