Giving a voice to trans youth at the Supreme Court of Canada

August 17, 2022

QMUNITY and the The Skipping Stone Scholarship Foundation (jointly) are intervenors in Glen Hansman v. Barry Neufeld, Supreme Court of Canada Case No.39796, hearing scheduled for October 11, 2022. Pro-bono counsel for the intervenors are Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

In our factum, QMUNITY submits to the Supreme Court of Canada that the lack of judicial recognition for trans and queer youth has consequences. Research in the field of mental health includes attention to the elevated rates of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among trans people, directly related to the violence, discrimination and lack of juridical and legal recognition they face. It is powerful to be seen, to be counted, and to be officially recognized by a system that excluded us, perpetuating the notion that our erasure is justifiable.

QMUNITY argues that nothing would be more welcome to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community than a comment from the Supreme Court of Canada — as the leading voice in Canada’s justice system — about the vulnerabilities of trans and queer youth and the public interest in protecting them. Moreover, now more than ever, the international legal community looks to Canada for guidance on the protection of  gender identity and expression in a world in which these rights are persistently being challenged or taken away.

Read the Factum of The Interveners Here.

For more information, please contact Tracy London (she/her), Co-Executive Director of Engagement & Education at tracy.london@qmunity.ca.

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