In honour of Pride, highlights from the last year in LGBTQ news in Ontario

Ontario becomes first province to ban ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBTQ children

“Ontario has passed a landmark law banning so-called “conversion therapy” on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children and preventing medical practitioners from billing OHIP for it.”
Read more at: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/06/04/ontario-becomes-first-province-to-ban-conversion-therapy-for-lgbtq-children.html

Gender identity to guide housing of Ontario’s transgender inmates

“Transgender inmates in Ontario will now be dealt with based on their own gender identity, not their physical sexual traits, a policy Ontario’s corrections minister is calling the most progressive of its kind in North America.”
Read more at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/gender-identity-to-guide-housing-of-ontario-s-transgender-inmates-1.2932304

LGBTQ2 youth homelessness

“We have known about the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, and two-Spirit (LGBTQ2) youth homelessness in Canada for over twenty years, but we have only recently started to have serious conversations about this problem nationally.“
Read more at: http://blog.legalaid.on.ca/2015/01/27/lgbtq2-youth-homelessness/

Toronto budget approves shelter beds for LGBT homeless youth

“I Alex Abramovich didn’t mind sitting in city council chambers for over 10 hours on Mar 11. The post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, who has long advocated for space for LGBT people in Toronto’s shelters, was just happy to witness the passage of the 2015 Toronto city budget, which included a historic first for the city — shelter space set aside specifically for LGBT youth.”
Read more at: http://www.dailyxtra.com/toronto/news-and-ideas/news/toronto-budget-approves-shelter-beds-lgbt-homeless-youth-100622

Stunning, startling ad anchor’s Ontario’s new strategy to combat sexual assault and harassment

“The plan begins in childhood, with the province’s new sex ed curriculum and lessons on healthy relationships. It continues to post-secondary campuses, which now must develop better strategies to combat such incidents, and through to the workplace. It includes materials in 25 languages, male survivors, indigenous communities, and the LGBT community.”
Read more at: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/stunning-startling-ad-anchors-ontarios-new-strategy-to-combat-sexual-assault-and-harassment-watch

Five important changes to Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum

“The words “gay,” “lesbian,” or “homosexual” don‘t appear in the 1998 curriculum. Same-sex marriage was still illegal in Canada when that document became official policy. Today’s Grade 3 students will be friends with children of same-sex couples (or children of those couples themselves). The new curriculum puts same-sex parents in the same context as parents from other countries, saying that everybody’s family needs to be respected.”
Read more at: http://theagenda.tvo.org/blog/agenda-blogs/five-important-changes-ontario-s-new-sex-ed-curriculum

Sherbourne Health Centre’s Trans Family Law Project: Canada’s first major public legal education project focused on trans peoples

“More than 1 in 4 trans people in Ontario are parents; many trans parents have lost access to their children, due to their transition; more trans parents will family law challenges in the coming years.”
Read more at: http://lgbtqpn.ca/trans-parenting/

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic conducting legal needs assessment for trans people

“The HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) is leading an innovative Trans Legal Needs Assessment project that will help trans people meet their legal needs and determine the barriers they face in accessing justice. Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is funding this project as part of its support for the addition of gender identity and gender expression to the Ontario Human Rights Code.”
Read more at: http://legalaid.on.ca/en/news/newsarchive/1406-16_translegalneedsassessment.asp

Kirsti Mathers McHenry on navigating the workplace as a member of the LGBT community

“Pride is an opportunity to gather and celebrate the beauty in diversity. It’s a space where people can come to celebrate every aspect of who they are. However difficult it may be to express your true self on other days, on Pride your true self is the thing that makes you special and you have a place in a community that celebrates that.”
Read more at: http://blog.legalaid.on.ca/2014/06/20/kirsti-mathers-mchenry-on-navigating-the-workplace-as-a-member-of-the-lgbt-community

What have we missed? Let us know in the comments, and happy Pride from LAO.