Minor league hockey coaches in Ontario, Canada, are now being forced to complete training on transgenderism in compliance with an Ontario Human Rights settlement reached with Hockey Canada three years ago, according to LifeSiteNews.
"The ruling dates back to a 2013 complaint filed with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal by Jesse Thompson, a girl who identifies as a boy," reports the outlet. "Hockey Canada agreed to a settlement in September 2014 that included its Ontario associations putting gender identity training in place for their more than 30,000 coaches and trainers by 2017."
Three associations were affected by the ruling: Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO), the Ontario Hockey Federation, and Hockey Northwestern Ontario.
The ruling stipulated that HEO coaches and trainers were required to "complete a course on gender identity and a course on the new co-ed dressing room policy by October 1 if already assigned to a team." Coaches would have 30 days to complete the course, which reportedly takes about two hours.
Discussed in the course are "definitions of sex/assigned sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, gender diverse and transgender."
The policy also ended the requirement that boys and girls dress in separate changing rooms after age 11, which was “applied based on anatomical sex, not gender identity,” according to the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC).
The new policy states that players “have the right to use a dressing room that corresponds with their self-identified gender identity; will be addressed by their preferred name and referred to by pronouns corresponding with their gender identity; and are entitled to privacy and confidentiality about their trans status.”
Furthermore, the new policy will be implemented "in consultation" with homosexual activist group Egale Canada, which it described as “an expert on gender identity issues approved by the OHRC.”