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Ontario’s jails must respect the rights of transgender people

Originally published on the Globe and Mail website  on Feb. 26 2014

In a potentially precedent-setting case, a Toronto-based transsexual man is launching a human rights action against the Toronto Police Service (TPS) and the Vanier Correctional Centre for Women in Milton, Ont., alleging transphobic mistreatment.

Boyd Kodak, whose documents legally identify him as male, says police and correctional officials asked him a series of dehumanizing questions about his genitalia, confiscated his penile prosthetic and forced him to wear women’s clothes and undergarments.

This is far from an isolated incident. It’s a significant systemic problem affecting a frequently criminalized population that is disproportionately represented in correctional institutions.

Read more at the Globe and Mail.