“There will start to be demands for this in the workplace,” said NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo, who championed the law and was on hand for the washroom’s ribbon cutting. “Transgender people are a small minority in the grand scheme of things. But they were a silenced minority until the passage of Toby’s Act. This will give them a voice.”
It took DiNovo six years to win the amendment honouring the late music producer Toby Dancer, who led the gospel choir at Emmanuel-Howard Park United Church, where she was a minister.
Several of the students who led the push for the all-gender washroom at City View were also part of DiNovo’s congregation and knew Dancer.