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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.
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.
Trans people no longer require full sex reassignment surgery for new legal documents.
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.
Lawyers for the province of Ontario have taken an extreme position on HIV-nondisclosure, backtracking on two years of progress, activists say.
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.
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.
The Canadian Council for Refugees is concerned that proposed new rules will make it harder for sponsors to help marginalized applicants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Xtra article reports that Queer Ontario is calling on the Harper government to reverse its recently enacted anti-sex-work provision.
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.
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.