November 3, 2020

We are thrilled to share that our 2019 Annual Report is now live - celebrating 50 years of progress in the LGBTQI2S community!

This past 2019 was a momentous year, in that it marked the 50 year anniversary of Canada's landmark legislation in 1969 to partially decriminalize homosexuality nationwide. Fifty years later, we reflect on how far we've come, but also acknowledge the continued impacts of this history within our community.

Canada owns a legacy of state-sponsored discrimination against LGBTQI2S communities. This continues to present as entrenched homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and the suppression of Two-Spirit Indigenous Peoples. This history of state suppression did not cease in 1969, and the LGBTQI2S community continues to fight for respect, equity, and inclusion across Canada.


We've come a long way in the last 50 years, and we look forward to the next 50 years as we continue to pursue human rights and inclusion for all LGBTQI2S people.


Helen Kennedy, Executive Director




Rugby pro Dan Palmer comes out as gay after years of ‘despising himself’  | Pink News


Bill to ban LGBTQ2 conversion therapy re-opens Conservative Party split | City News

Canadian Heritage launches national design competition for LGBTQI2S National Monument | Canadian Arc

Backlash grows over Ford's move to grant Charles McVety's religious college university status | CBC


Shedding Light on Nova Scotia's LGBT History with New Seniors Archive | Dal News



Fix Hearts, Not Parts - Intersex Awareness 2020

This past October 26 marked International #IntersexAwarenessDay, and we launched the campaign, #FixHeartsNotPartsto raise awareness on the human rights violations faced by intersex people and encourage everyone to take a stand to end intersex surgery in Canada.

Surgeries on intersex children have been condemned by major human rights groups such as the United Nations, Physicians for Human Rights, and Human Rights Watch, as well as every intersex-led organization in the world. Join us in urging the Canadian government to fulfill its treaty body obligations under international law.


In Your Corner Episode 6 Premieres This Wednesday

Join us for Episode 6 of In Your Corner, Wednesday, November 4 at 7 PM MT / 9 PM ET where Host & Canadian Olympic Insider, Mark Tewksbury, sits down with Mary Harvey, Chief Executive at the Centre for Sport and Human Rights as they discuss LGBTQI2S Inclusion in International Sports! Only on Egale’s Facebook and YouTube Live!


Research Study on Access to Justice for LGBTQI2S People in Atlantic Canada!

Egale is seeking participants who reside in Atlantic Canada to interview in an effort to create a clearer picture of what LGBTQI2S people's experiences with serious legal issues look like across Canada.


Egale Canada Human Rights Trust
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416-964-7887 |

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