A new law has been put in place to protect the “gender identity” and “gender expression” of Canadian children, specifically from members of the child's own family.
In Ontario, Canada, the Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act of 2017, know as Bill 89, passed by a vote of 63 to 23 and replaces the former laws governing child protection, foster care, and adoption. The revision now requires child service agencies and family judges to take into consideration a child’s “race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, citizenship, family diversity, disability, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.”
The bill was introduced by the Minister of Child and Family Services, Michael Coteau, and not only does it address gender identity, it also gives children the right to choose their own religious beliefs by protecting them from possible interference by parents and caretakers. In other words, forcing a gender or religion on your children in Canada is now considered abuse.
“I would consider that a form of abuse, when a child identifies one way and a caregiver is saying no, you need to do this differently,” said Coteau. “If it’s abuse, and if it’s within the definition, a child can be removed from that environment and placed into protection where the abuse stops.”
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