Transsexual Woman Harassed Into Quitting
As reported in the National Post online on Tuesday, March 29, 2005, the special washroom that Ms. Morgan was required to use had been defaced with graffiti and urine. Morgan said she resigned after someone called her home and said: “Freaks go away, or you’ll need your health benefits.” Ms. Morgan is a post-operative transsexual.
Keith Norton, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, has stated, “Discrimination against transgendered persons is systemic. Human rights violations are both varied and widespread across geographic and class boundaries…. Transgendered persons have been an especially marginalized group”
“This story is not surprising,” said Jessica Freedman, chair of Egale’s Trans Issues Committee. “This is an unfortunate reminder that employers need to take action to create a work environment where this type of harassment is known to be unacceptable. It is far better to prevent harassment from happening than to seek remedies after the fact.”
“Trans people are frequently subjected to the type of harassment that Morgan encountered,” said Tami Starlight, an Egale Canada Board member. “It is the goal of Egale,” continued Starlight, “to help bring about the kind of society where all people, including trans people, have nothing to fear from their personal expression of their felt gender.”
“Egale Canada,” said Gilles Marchildon, Executive Director of Egale Canada, “is working to educate society about the discrimination, harassment and violence often faced by trans-identified people. We are working towards the day when all trans-identified persons are fully accepted for who they are.”
Egale Canada advances equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified (LGBT) people, and their families, across Canada. Founded in 1986, Egale has over 4,000 members including people in each and every province and territory of Canada. Its work includes political action, legal interventions and public education and awareness.
For more info:
Tami Starlight, Egale Canada, (c) 604-790-9943, (h) 604-215-3882
Gilles Marchildon, Egale Canada, (w) 613-230-1043