News Release: The Manitoba Human Rights Commission

May 30, 2012

The Manitoba Human Rights Commission celebrates
the 25th Anniversary of the Human Rights Code

This afternoon, the Manitoba Human Rights Commission is hosting a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Manitoba Human Rights Code in Room 200 of the Manitoba Legislature, beginning at 2:30 pm.  In 1987 The Human Rights Code was proclaimed and sexual orientation was added to the list of protected grounds, or as referred to in The Code, “protected characteristics.”

The event will feature remarks by Minister of Justice and Attorney General Andrew Swan, who has just announced amendments to The Human Rights Code to include gender identity and social disadvantage, and Chairperson of the Manitoba Human Board of Commissioners Jerry Woods. 

The celebration will acknowledge those who were instrumental in the fight to have sexual orientation included as a protected ground against discrimination in Manitoba. Guests include Chris Vogel and Richard North; Sharon Hunter and Stacey Garrioch; and the Honourable Roland Penner and the Honourable Muriel Smith.  All have had a part in the fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

“I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge those people who are the real heroes of change,” says Mr. Woods.  “There are so many who either vocally or quietly have made a difference.”   

For more information please contact:

Patricia Knipe
Communications Director
Manitoba Human Rights Commission

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