Representative of the Trans Steering Committee for North America & Caribbean
Susan Gapka (she/her/elle) is a founding member and chair of the Toronto Trans Coalition Project which emerged from the advocacy work of the Trans Lobby Group in Ontario Canada. Susan helped lead the Ontario campaign to fund transition related surgeries, helped change the Vital Statistics Act so trans people's legal documents more accurately reflect their lived identity, and drafted and successfully campaigned to adopt legislation to amend the Ontario Human Rights Code and Canadian Human Rights Act to include 'gender identity' and 'gender expression'. These three pillars - access to health care, human rights protection, and legal identification - have laid to foundation for trans and nonbinary legal and social inclusion in Toronto, Ontario, and Canadian society.
organisation: Canadian Union of Public Employees - CUPE/LGBT group (Canada)