Recently, I stumbled upon a link to a poll that asked “Should Parliament support the NDP MP’s Bill to amend the Canadian Human Right Act to add…

Recently, I stumbled upon a link to a poll that asked “Should Parliament support the NDP MP’s Bill to amend the Canadian Human Right Act to add gender identity and gender expression as grounds for prohibited discrimination?” (http://www.edholder.ca/poll/) When this poll was first started, apparently most of the votes were in favor of this addition; however, as the poll went on, more and more “No” responses popped up. Personally, I voted for this amendment. I mean, if we are able to accept prohibited discrimination toward difference in race, gender, and other characteristics that make us unique, why not this? Even in the United States, where freedom has always been an emphasis, not all the states have law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression as of 2009. (http://www.transgenderlaw.org/ndlaws/index.htm) No one is perfect. And no one is or has to be the exact same as someone else. Sure, you can hold disapproval for someone but the target of the disapproval should not be denied rights due to their differences.

–Vivian