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HIV activists form Canadian coalition to fight criminalization

A group of HIV activists, lawyers, and service providers from across Canada have formed a national coalition to call for an end to the criminalization of people living with HIV.

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November 15, 2016

Toronto event honours victims of violence ahead of Trans Day of Remembrance

In Canada and around the world, trans women of colour are the most targeted. They aren’t just killed, they are viciously killed, say Toronto activists.

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November 21, 2013

Ontario alters gender-change rules

Trans people no longer require full sex reassignment surgery for new legal documents.

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October 10, 2012

Gay refugee rejection unreasonable, court rules

The decision stems from the case of a gay Nigerian man, wanted by police in his home country for homosexual activities, who was refused refugee status in Canada.

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July 18, 2012

Ontario's new position on HIV prosecutions a 'betrayal': activists

Lawyers for the province of Ontario have taken an extreme position on HIV-nondisclosure, backtracking on two years of progress, activists say.

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July 05, 2012

Canadian Human Rights Commission closes Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax offices

The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) announced plans last month to close its regional offices in Toronto, Vancouver, and Halifax, a move some critics are calling an attack on the human rights system.

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May 17, 2012

Ontario trans rights decision makes Canadian history

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has struck down a rule that required trans people to undergo "transsexual surgery" in order to change the sex category on their birth certificates.

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April 17, 2012

Government changes will hurt gay refugees: CCR

The Canadian Council for Refugees is concerned that proposed new rules will make it harder for sponsors to help marginalized applicants.

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January 18, 2012

Trans sex workers still most vulnerable

A former sex worker who is now an activist and staff member at The 519 is preparing for the Trans Day of Remembrance, when The 519 will honour trans people who have been murdered around the world.

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November 11, 2011

Conference weighs sexual freedom with freedom of expression

A panel of legal experts gathered recently to discuss how to fight for the rights of gay people when those rights appear to conflict with freedom of speech and religion.

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April 05, 2011

C-389 passes but faces further delays

Bill C-389, which would extend rights to trans people, has passed a vote on report stage in the House of Commons. But despite the victory, the bill faces further delays and an uncertain future.

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December 09, 2010

Toronto schools will soon get better for gay and trans students

The Toronto District School Board is taking a stand against gender-based violence with three new initiatives that will make schools safer for all students, teachers, and staff, board officials said.

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November 23, 2010

Queer Ontario to Harper: Back off bawdyhouse provision

An Xtra article reports that Queer Ontario is calling on the Harper government to reverse its recently enacted anti-sex-work provision.

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August 11, 2010

Can Canada's queer community sponsor more queer refugees?

An Xtra article reports that Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has asked the queer community to step up, but queer groups say it's not that simple.

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July 23, 2010

Queer groups recommend changes to refugee reform bill

An article on Xtra.ca reports that gay and lesbian groups have told the citizenship and immigration committee holding hearings on Bill C-11 that queer refugee claimants need more time and ability to appeal.

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June 04, 2010