Ontario enshrines Trans Day of Remembrance in law as Nov. 20

NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo appears in a file photo.
NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo appears in a file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

TORONTO – Ontario will officially mark Nov. 20 as an annual Trans Day of Remembrance as all parties agreed to pass legislation Tuesday.

New Democrat Cheri DiNovo introduced the private member’s bill last year to enshrine the day in law.

She says it is an important step to honour people who have died as a result of transphobic hatred and prejudice.

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DiNovo says every Nov. 20 Ontarians will be challenged to confront the threat of violence and widespread discrimination the trans community faces every day.

The bill enacts the Trans Day of Remembrance and requires the legislature to hold a minute of silence.

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The bill passed second reading last month on the same day that Toronto police identified a body found as that of Alloura Wells, a missing transgender woman, and DiNovo says the legislation will pass as a memorial to Wells.

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