Human Rights

The BC Humanist Association fully supports the protection and promotion of human rights, codified in documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These rights transcend individual religious and cultural traditions and represent our shared humanity. We believe that human rights are the best tool to promote human dignity.

Trans Equality Now Pledge

We support the Trans Equality Now pledge to expand human rights legislation to protect individuals from discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

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BC Government to require all schools to protect LGBTQ students

Echoing calls by the BC Humanist Association last week, Education Minister Mike Bernier announced yesterday that all public and independent schools in BC will have to make explicit references to sexual orientation and gender identity in their anti-bullying policies. Districts have been given until the end of the year to...

Will BC stand up for LGBTQ rights in religious schools?

Update (Sep 8, 2016): The Minister of Education has announced that all public and independent BC schools will now have to include specific protections for LGBTQ students in anti-bullying policies. The BC Humanist Association wrote to BC's Minister of Education today to ask whether BC's government is willing to show a...

Kelowna refuses anti-choice proclamations

The City of Kelowna will no longer make anti-choice proclamations. The office of Mayor Colin Basran declined the Kelowna Right to Life Society stating that "Proclamations are not approved if they ... advocate against human rights and freedoms under existing Canadian laws." Ian Bushfield, Executive Director, BC Humanist Association: Given...

Humanists in Pride 2016

Pride Week has just ended in Vancouver and for the sixth straight year members of the BC Humanist Association joined the annual Vancouver Pride Parade to show our solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. This year, we built on our strengths. It was the first year that many of our supporters...

Our arguments in TWU vs LSBC

From Wednesday until Friday, the BC Court of Appeal will hear arguments in the case of Trinity Western University vs the Law Society of British Columbia. The BC Humanist Association was granted leave to intervene in the appeal with the Canadian Secular Alliance. The private evangelical university is attempting to...

BCHA joins global call to UN High Commissioner for Refugees to respect non-religious worldviews

The BC Humanist Association today joined thirty freethought organizations from around the world to call on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to recognize people with non-religious philosophical convictions. The letter, organized by Atheist Alliance International, expresses concern that the Commissioner frequently refers to religious persecution, while not recognizing the...

Transgender Day of Remembrance still sadly needed

Editor's note: Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which memorializes those who have been killed due to their gender identity. In honour, we are sharing two articles on our blog. The second, below, was originally posted on TheHumanist.com by Callie Wright. Remembering Our Dead: Transgender Day of Remembrance Sadly Still Needed...

Why transgender students need "safe" bathrooms

Editor's note: Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which memorializes those who have been killed due to their gender identity. In honour, we are sharing two articles on our blog. The first, below, was originally posted on The Conversation US yesterday for International Toilet Day. It highlights the importance of...

Sorting out consensual sex from slavery, coercion, and abuse

In 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada struck down several of Canada's laws against prostitution. In 2014 the Conservative government introduced new laws making it illegal to purchase sexual services while it remains legal to sell them. In this article (originally published on TheHumanist.com), Clay Farris Naff explores sex work and...

BC Supreme Court begins hearings on Christian law school

The BC Supreme Court begins hearing today into whether Trinity Western University, an evangelical private university, should be able to accredit lawyers. TWU requires all students to sign a community covenant which prohibits sex outside a heterosexual marriage, thereby excluding gay and lesbian students as well as non-Christians.

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