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Members interested in posting articles are encouraged to send them to the editor, Dorianne Mullin.

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SOGIC executive discuss trans rights with policy-makers

  • January 08, 2018
  • Dorianne Mullin

Transgender people are at a significantly higher risk of harassment, assault, sexual assault, suicide and even murder in correctional or detention facilities.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Interview with Justice Cynthia Petersen

  • November 22, 2017
  • Natasha R. Yard

Ontario Superior Court Justice Cynthia Petersen took an unusual path to the bench, moving from academia to legal practice to the court. Along the way she made a name for herself doing public interest litigation for LGBT communities. She sat down recently for an interview with OBA student member Natasha R. Yard, talking about what took her to the bench, and what she found once she got there. She also has some advice for litigators.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

An interview with Judge Amy Sakalauskas

  • November 16, 2017
  • Jack Townsend

I met Judge Amy Sakalauskas in 2015, through our mutual work with the CBA and on the NSBS v TWU appeal proceedings. Since then, Judge Sakalauskas has acted as a mentor and role model for me, and it was a joy to witness her appointment to the Nova Scotia Provincial Court earlier this year. She graciously agreed to sit down with me to discuss her evolution as an LGBT lawyer, jurist, and CBA member.

Judges Forum, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Doré, equality values, and TWU

  • August 22, 2017
  • Jack Townsend

In 2014, the Council of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society voted to conditionally accredit degrees from Trinity Western University's proposed law school. The condition imposed by Council related to a provision in a "community covenant" – a contract which must be signed by all students seeking admission to TWU – which prohibits "sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Institutionalized discrimination against trans persons: An academic study

  • August 03, 2017
  • Matthew Ponsford

As of 2016, gender identity and expression is a legally protected ground in human rights legislation passed in Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island, while gender identity is statutorily protected in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

1977: The year Quebec prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation

  • June 09, 2017
  • Michel Morin

In 1977, sexual orientation became a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Charter of human rights and freedoms. This Quebec law applies to juridical acts (contracts, wills, etc.), labour relations, goods and services ordinarily offered to the public and the leasing of a dwelling.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity