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Transgender rights legislation coming 'very shortly'

The Liberal government is set to announce next week that it will propose legislation that would give legal and human rights protections to transgender people, following through on a pledge made during the federal election campaign.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is celebrated annually on May 17 to mark the World Health Organization's decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

The special day was created in 2004 to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and those who don't conform to socially defined sexual and gender norms.

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