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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.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
SOGIC logo with Rainbow on O. Man looking through binoculars

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.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
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.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
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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Professional Development: A Lawyer in Recovery

Professional Development: A Lawyer in Recovery

  • October 30, 2020
  • Jessie Gomberg

In my recovery from depression and alcoholism, I found purpose in life when I once found none. Once deeply ashamed, I now hope my recovery story can help others.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
Remembering the Late Master Robert Muir, Beacon of the Bench and Founding Member of SOGIC

Remembering the Late Master Robert Muir, Beacon of the Bench and Founding Member of SOGIC

  • September 20, 2020
  • Teddy Weinstein

The first openly gay Master ever appointed in Canada, Master Robert Muir is remembered by friends and colleagues as a model of professionalism and mentorship whose legacy will live on in the many members of the justice community who benefitted from his thoughtful leadership and instrumental support.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
Unafraid of Controversy: An Interview with Douglas Elliott

Unafraid of Controversy: An Interview with Douglas Elliott

  • June 27, 2020
  • Teddy Weinstein

In the second article in a series celebrating SOGIC’s 25th anniversary, Douglas Elliott, one of the section’s first co-chairs, talks about his part in producing lasting change in the fight for equality, from his time working on the OBA’s report on AIDS, up to the final decisive vote in Mont Tremblant that created SOGIC’s national section.

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SOGIC at 25: Reflections from Two Former Chairs

SOGIC at 25: Reflections from Two Former Chairs

  • March 13, 2020
  • Teddy Weinstein

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community (SOGIC) is celebrating 25 years at the forefront of LGBTTIQ2S advocacy in Canada. Founded during World AIDS Day, 1994, SOGIC now has chapters and representatives in every Canadian Province. In the first in a series of articles featuring retrospectives of the group’s founding and work, former SOGIC Ontario Branch (OBA) chairs, Chris Ellis and Paul Saguil reflect on their involvement.

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Sex Ed Reform: An Unfinished Business

Sex Ed Reform: An Unfinished Business

  • November 06, 2019
  • Marcus McCann, author; Lilia Azatian, editor

The unsettling truth is that the fight over Ontario’s 2015 sexual health curriculum was a fight over a very imperfect document. People expect a lot of a sex ed document: it’s supposed to touch on a broad range of topics, including anatomy, gender, sexual intercourse, birth control, online safety, relationships, and bullying. Some of these are sensitive subjects. Ideally, the curriculum should capture the social realities facing today’s students, and prepare them for the world they live in.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum