LINKED: Transgender Stittsville tween takes part in federal announcement

Ten-year-old Charlie Lowthian-Rickert from Stittsville stood alongside Justice Minister Judy Wilson-Raybould on Tuesday when she introduced a bill to prevent discrimination and hate crimes based on gender identity and gender expression.

“Transphobic people don’t have enough information about who we really are. They don’t know that we’re the exact same as them,” she told CBC. “What I’m trying to do is raise awareness for transgender people.”

“It’s meant to protect transgender, gender fluid, gender queer, intersex people. It protects them from hate propaganda, hate crimes, assaults, rape, anything that is related to discrimination because of their gender or anything related to bullying or hurt because of their gender. That’s why I feel safer. Some people might not do it because they would be scared of getting caught,” she told the National Post.

Here’s some of the media coverage:

Screen capture from the Toronto Star: "Charlie Lowthian-Rickert, 10, and her father, Chris Rickert, at a news conference on Parliaemnt Hill Tuesday where the Liberals announced their plan to introduce legislation to protect transgender people from discrimination and hate crimes. (CHRIS WATTIE / REUTERS) "
Screen capture from the Toronto Star: “Charlie Lowthian-Rickert, 10, and her father, Chris Rickert, at a news conference on Parliaemnt Hill Tuesday where the Liberals announced their plan to introduce legislation to protect transgender people from discrimination and hate crimes. (CHRIS WATTIE / REUTERS) “
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