Trans woman files human rights complaint

Minister allegedly said she “spooked” the governor general


Photo by Yukon Human Rights Commission

Northwest Territories’ Finance Minister Michael Miltenberger is facing a human rights complaint for allegedly telling a transsexual student at Aurora College that she should leave the school because she had “spooked the Governor General.”

Gabrielle Landrie told CBC News that she was standing near a computer lab with a friend on Dec. 9, wearing a dress, when Minister Miltenberger made the comment and asked her to leave. She says she was later told that the Governor General’s route had been changed to avoid her.

Although she had initially agreed to leave, she says she decided against it as she had homework left to complete. She was asked to leave again by Miltenberger.

The Governor General’s Office says it did re-route David Johnston’s exit from the building, but for different reasons than Landrie suggested. Miltenberger has not commented publicly.

Transsexual people are those whose genders do not match their biological sexes.

Landrie was featured in a pamphlet called Know Your Rights by the Yukon and Northwest Territories human rights commissions. In it, she explains, “I was born a man. But I have always felt like a woman. Sometimes I dress like a woman. Doctors are helping me to change into a woman. People often find it hard to accept transgendered people. It’s normal for people to be afraid of what they don’t understand. By sharing my story, I hope that people will accept us for who we are.”


Trans woman files human rights complaint

  1. “Transsexual people are those whose gender does not match their biological sex”

    Um, no. A trans person is someone whose gender does not line up with their sex according to dominant cultural standards. Using the term “matching” privileges cis people.

    You guys should really take a class in anti-oppression before you write anything. Ever again.

    • Chill, girl. Grow a sense of humour and get out of the gender studies bubble. I’m trans and I’m sick of debbie downers like you. Why must every word be minced for political correctness. Stop assuming the worst in other people, publications, and the world at large. Be happy you don’t live in Uganda where this article never would have been printed, and you’d be beaten to a pulp for standing up for your trans brothers and sisters. Obviously the author meant no harm to the trans community, and his definition happens to match up to my experience perfectly. And what on earth is an anti-oppression class? Is it like advanced anger management? I think Assad, or perhaps the late Kim Jong-Il would be much more suited to “anti-oppression” classes than the man who wrote this article. Dear Lord…get a life.

  2. This is a case-in-point why we need Human Rights Commissions. It was a profoundly stupid whing for Miltenberger to do. It is a huge embarassment to the government. I too hate political correctness, but this was a little over-the-top. Milty not only made a comment, but actually evicted this person. So this goes beyond mere words of unkindness.

  3. No Stella, but there is this handy little thing called the Canadian Press styleguide. Also, as a writer, I would expect them to fact check.

  4. What Miltenberger did was cruel and completely uncalled for.

    Ashley is right. It’s such a minor distinction though. The article isn’t degrading to us…the minister was. Why make a stink about a technicality that really is a minor thought.

    Personally if the worst cis people thought about it is their gender alignment is better than mine….I really could care less.

    I would even agree with them. I can’t even count the number of times I prayed for just that to happen.

  5. I congratulate Ms. Landrie for having the courage and fortitude to file this complaint.

    For those of us who live in Yellowknife this rings true. I find nothing about this story that surprises me.

    Ms. Landire thank you for trying to bring the NWT kicking and screaming into the 19th century. You’re my heroine!

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