April 16, 2024

Elliot Page, Neil Young, Alanis Morissette, Carly Rae Jepsen, Others Lambaste Anti-Grooming Policies in Canada

Actors Elliot Page and singers Alanis Morissette, Neil Young, Sarah McLachlan, Carly Rae Jepsen, Elvis Costello, and a whole lot of others in the leisure trade have signed an open letter in opposition to anti-grooming insurance policies in Canada.

The open letter, titled, “Artists Against Anti-Trans Legislation in Canada,” states “the country is often seen as a human rights haven,” including that “the reality is that Canada is not immune to the global attack on the trans community.”

The letter goes on to lament Premier of Alberta Danielle Smith proposing laws that will ban kids kind present process “hormonal treatment, puberty blockers,” and sex-change medical procedures, which the letters refers to as “gender-confirmation surgery.”

“Months before, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan announced that they will require parental consent before schools can honor the chosen names and pronouns of gender-diverse children under 16,” the letter complains, earlier than sarcastically stating, “the government should never put themselves between parents.”


Notably, the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Saskatchewan not too long ago introduced that parental consent can be wanted by faculties if kids below the age of 16 demand to be addressed by totally different names and pronouns.

“Everyone deserves access to crucial healthcare services that affirm them,” the open letter states. “Anyone holding a historically-excluded identity knows what it’s like to be treated differently because of who they are.”

“The anti-trans policies taking root in Canada go beyond discrimination — they present a clear risk to the mental and physical well-being of trans individuals throughout the country,” the letter proclaims.

The letter concludes by claiming “We are trending towards more harmful anti-trans legislation in Canada, and we call on our communities and local and federal policymakers to put a stop to this concerning surge in anti-trans policy.”

The open letter was printed by pop duo Tegan and Sara via their basis, The Tegan and Sara Foundation, and was signed by “more than 400 artists living in or hailing from Canada,” the group mentioned.

Notably, the open letter was printed on Sunday, March 31 — Easter — a day President Joe Biden declared “Transgender Day of Visibility.”

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