By Gordon Lambie
Local Journalism Initiative
Last week Quebec’s Justice Minister, Simon Jolin-Barrette, announced the details of a large-scale revision to the province’s family law. Although the minister hailed Bill 2 as a step-forward for people living in the province, notably for the changes it proposes to the rules around surrogacy and the rights of adopted children to know about their origins, the sections of the bill relating to gender identity are being criticized as transphobic by many sexual and gender rights groups in the province.
“It is very much a step backwards,” said Séré Beauchesne-Lévesque, the coordinator of TransEstrie, a Sherbrooke-based organization focused on supporting and advocating on behalf of transgender and nonbinary people in the Eastern Townships.
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