Expert on Bill C-16: Gender identity rights

Social Sciences

Devor. Pictured with items from UVic's Transgender Archives. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

The following University of Victoria expert is available to media to discuss the Canadian Senate’s historic passage this week of a bill that adds protection of gender identity and expression to Canada’s Human Rights Act. With the passage of Bill C-16, discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression is now against the law in Canada.

Aaron H. Devor (Sociology, Chair in Transgender Studies) is an expert in the development of North America’s social movement for trans support and acceptance. He is the world’s only Chair in Transgender Studies, and founder and academic director of UVic’s Transgender Archives, which is the largest in the world; a professor in UVic’s Department of Sociology; a former dean of UVic’s Faculty of Graduate Studies; an elected member of the International Academy of Sex Research; and an elected Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Devor can be contacted by media today and early next week by email at


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Keywords: gender, human rights, transgender, sociology

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