[Canadian Press] A transsexual Vancouver prostitution advocate is preparing a human rights complaint against the city’s governing party after it rejected her as a parks board candidate nominee.
Jamie Lee Hamilton said candidate interviews with two board members of the Non-Partisan Association party about being a nominee for November’s municipal elections focused on her sex life.
B. C.’s Human Rights Code says it is illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of sex or sexual orientation.
Hamilton said the interviews made her uncomfortable.
I felt that my whole lifestyle was being interrogated . . . that I was somehow immoral,” she said.
Hamilton said the board members invited her to a cafe to discuss an ad she placed on ShemaleCanada.com., a meeting place for transsexuals.
She had described herself as a cougar” in the ad.
And, she said, she declared on her candidate’s form that she had worked in the sex trade.