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About Articles The following articles are published by the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Section of the Ontario Bar Association. Members are encouraged to submit articles. About Articles

Editor: Tamara Sylvester

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Pride Month Statement from SOGIC

  • June 01, 2022
  • The SOGIC Executive

We note the tragic events in Buffalo, Orange County, Uvalde, and too many more around the world, and recognize the importance of focusing on the unique life experiences of those who live and practice in the far too often precarious space where sexual and racial identity intersect. We note the ongoing struggles of the trans community, particularly those facing oppressive exclusionary laws.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
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The Future is Femme, Black Femme Legal!

  • February 27, 2022
  • Tamara J. Sylvester (one/they/them)

Allow me to reintroduce you to Samantha Peters (she/her/they/them) – no stranger to the spotlight. Samantha, who proudly identifies as a black queer femme, was called to the bars of Alberta and Ontario in 2020. In that short time, she has made a palpable impact on the legal profession because of her innovative and rebellious approach to the practice of law and the seemingly fearless way in which she navigates the margins that contemporary Canadian society imposes on her intersecting identities.

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What’s in a Pronoun? Two human rights tribunals find that misgendering in the workplace amounts to discrimination in employment

  • November 14, 2021
  • Giovanna Di Sauro (she/her), Tamara J. Sylvester (one/they/them) and Nicky Kim (she/her)

This article summarizes two recent Human Rights Tribunal decisions that, for the first time, considered the issue of misgendering of gender non-conforming employees in the workplace as well as their employers' failure to address their complaints of discrimination seriously or at all. In addition to highlighting the Tribunals' key findings, the article also provides practical tips for organizations in light of these decisions.

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Message from your SOGIC Chair and Vice-Chair

  • September 20, 2021
  • Julie DeWolf and Gregory Ko

Julie DeWolf and Gregory Ko, SOGIC chair and vice-chair for 2021-2022, respectively, provide an update on the Section’s activities from last year and a preview of what they have in store this year.

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Canada Christian College and Charles McVety: SOGIC's Perspective

  • May 18, 2021
  • Julie DeWolf, Jessie Gomberg, Adrian Ishak, Eric Sadvari, and Daniel Vollmer

Canada Christian College, by virtue of Bill 213, was granted University status on December 8, 2020. SOGIC publicly condemns any institution that discriminates against members of the 2SLGBTQA+ community.

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Considerations for Serving LGBT2SQ Clients as They Age

  • April 30, 2021
  • Cassandra Martino and Amelia Yiu, Elm Law Professional Corporation

Elder law practitioners should be aware of the special circumstances that may impact the lives of their LGBT2SQ clients as they age, as these circumstances will have a direct impact on how legal practitioners may want to advise their clients in planning for incapacity or death.

Elder Law, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum

Survey: The LGBTQ2A Action Plan

  • December 14, 2020
  • Erfan Bhuyian

The Government of Canada has prepared a survey to gather information on lived experiences of LGBTQ2+ community members. We invite community members to take part in this important initiative by filling out the survey.

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SOGIC: Celebrating History, Setting New Goals

  • December 07, 2020
  • Teddy Weinstein

SOGIC leaders tell us about the opportunities that involvement in this vital community offers lawyers today, and where they see the section making an impact – in the profession and in the advancement of equality – in the future.

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Canada Proposes Criminalization of Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ2S Persons

Canada Proposes Criminalization of Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ2S Persons

  • November 13, 2020
  • Rebecca Hines

Conversion therapy is a blight on Canadian society, causing arguably irreparable harm to the LGBTQ2S community. According to the Canadian Department of Justice, lower income, Indigenous, and transgender people are disproportionately represented amongst those who have been exposed to conversion therapy. The recent Bill C-6 attempts to bring criminal law reform in line with LGBTQ2S rights to ban the harmful practice across the country.

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Professional Development: Finding Myself in the Pandemic

Professional Development: Finding Myself in the Pandemic

  • November 04, 2020
  • Teddy Weinstein

COVID-19 brought chaos to all corners of the globe. After the pandemic forced an early return home from a legal internship in South Africa, my professional journey in Canada had a slow and painful start. Meanwhile, I was also on a more personal journey: discovering and understanding my gender identity.

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