The city of Hamilton has drafted a policy aiming to be more inclusive of its transgender citizens.
Neena Gupta, partner in Gowling WLG’s Waterloo office and co-chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, says she welcomes Hamilton’s new policy, calling it an “enlightened and proactive” move by the city.
The changes come after a local transgender woman filed the human rights complaint after being denied access by a security guard to the women’s bathroom at the MacNab St. bus terminal, despite the 2012 amendments to Ontario’s Human Rights Code legally protecting the right of a person to use whatever bathroom aligns with their self-identified gender. The woman — known only as A.B. in the tribunal proceedings and who has remained anonymous — was permitted to use the family bathroom instead.