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May 19, 2016

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May 19, 2016
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – On May 17, the Government of Canada introduced legislation that aims to help ensure transgender and other gender-diverse persons can live according to their gender identity and gender expression, by explicitly protecting them from discrimination, hate propaganda and hate crimes.

There are several Laurier experts available to comment on transgender rights:

Robb Travers, associate professor and chair in Laurier’s Health Science and Psychology program, is an expert on transgender and LGBTQ communities. He is a co-principal investigator with the Trans PULSE project, a community-based research project that was established to respond to problems within Ontario transgender communities regarding access to health and social services. The federal department of justice cited this project to support the recent legislation changes. Contact information: 519-884-0710 x3276 or

Michael Woodford, associate professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work, is an expert on bullying and discrimination targeting LGBTQ youth. Woodford’s research explores the nature of LGBTQ bullying and its consequences in terms of mental health, physical health and academic engagement and success. Contact information: (cell) 519-998-4514 or

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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