Distress and inequality have contributed to deep social, cultural and emotional challenges for Canada’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) community. Historical experiences such as prejudice, systemic discrimination, and struggles with personal identity have had a negative impact upon Canada’s LGBT community as a whole. But this narrative is changing, as LGBTQ rights in Canada are some of the most advanced in the world. Same-sex marriage was legalized in eight of ten provinces and one of three territories beginning in 2003 and on July 20, 2005, Canada became the first country outside Europe and only the fourth country in the entire world to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide after the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act. Same-sex adoption has also been legal in all provinces and territories under varying rules. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public and private accommodations is banned nationwide. Transgender people are allowed to change their legal gender in all provinces and territories under varying rules.
That being said, the LGBTQ narrative is now in the midst of the internal growth and evolutionary leap that comes with such an impactful shift in societal perspective. This week's podcast we speak with Family Law Lawyer and LGBTQ community leader Johnathan Griffith about these issues as the relate to our corner of the world. CLICK HERE to listen to Jonathan's thoughts on Calgary Outlink, the Alberta Bar in terms of LGBTQ issues, as well as CFNs collaborative effort in an innovative initiative called the LGBTQ New Canadian Resiliency Project.