Bill C-389

I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for the recent piece ("Are there no prisons?" May 13 – May 19, 2010)

I've found myself torn on Bill C-389 because I see the importance in naming, and I'm happy to see that it recognizes the significance of both "gender identity" and "gender expression," but feel that the hate crimes portion of it feeds into a tough-on-crime mentality that is not only ineffective, but harmful to over-policed groups such as trans people and people of colour. Given that trans people are over-represented in the prison population, and hate crimes legislation seems to have no deterrent effect, I find it hard to understand how trans people benefit by having more trans-phobic people in prison.

Of course, as your article shows, you already know and agree with all this. I just wanted to thank you, though, because this perspective is too often missing from the debate, both in the queer community and in the broader discourse.


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