Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of the sense of self.

The rights of Queer individuals and communities have evolved significantly in Canada in the past decades. Yet Queer street-involved youth are disproportionately profiled by police; trans individuals face barriers in accessing healthcare; and LGBTQ2S+ youth – in particular trans including gender non-binary – youth face various forms of harassment and inequality in school settings.

The Know Your Rights Guide

CCLA has published a Know Your Rights Guide to educate students about LGBTQ2S+ rights in schools. This resource helps students, allies, and teachers better understand rights under the Charter, human rights laws, and Ontario’s Education Act, and how to take positive action toward making schools more safe and inclusive.

Download the Guide

Our Win in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal

CCLA works directly with the LGBTQ2S+ community advocating for their rights and freedoms.

The Saskatchewan Court was victorious in advocating for equality when refusing changes to Saskatchewan’s Marriage ActThe proposed changes would have allowed provincially appointed marriage commissioners to refuse to perform civil marriages where it would conflict with their religious beliefs. The changes were proposed in response to objections by some commissioners to same-sex marriage, which became legal in Canada in 2005. The proposed changes were also broad enough to allow commissioners to refuse to perform marriages on other grounds, including objections to inter-faith and inter-racial unions.

CCLA intervened in this case to argue it is unconstitutional to allow discrimination in some instances based on sexual orientation. We argued the discrimination would risk creating a system of unequal access to basic government services. While we have always been, and remain, an advocate of freedom of religion, the core function of marriage commissioners is to preside over civil marriages, not religious ceremonies.

 

Everyone should have equal access to government services, regardless of an individual’s religious beliefs. 

Our Work for LGBTQ2S+ Rights

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CCLA Statement at New Brunswick Rally on Abortion, Reproductive Justice, and 2SGLBTQI+ Rights

July 9, 2022
Today's ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States is an appalling step back…

CCLA opposes Quebec’s Anti-Trans and Anti-Choice Bill 2 on Family Law

December 3, 2021
CCLA filed its submissions opposing Quebec Bill 2, on the grounds that the Bill outs…

Justice Vs. Exclusion: Fighting for LGBTQ2S+ Representation and Inclusivity

November 6, 2020
In this episode of Justice Vs., we speak to Dr. Brenda McPhail, CCLA’s Privacy, Surveillance…

CCLA Will Sue New Brunswick Over Abortion Restrictions

October 15, 2020
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has begun the process of taking New Brunswick to court…

CCLA Statement of Support for Abortion Rights & LGBTQ+ Healthcare Now Protest

August 27, 2020
The role of the government is to protect the health of its citizens. It is…

CCLA and the 519 Write to PM: Alarming Increase of LGBTQ2S Abuse

May 7, 2020
CCLA and the 519 Write to PM: Alarming Increase of LGBTQ2S Abuse.

Sex Ed Legal Challenge Continues

March 18, 2019
Today, CCLA formally filed its appeal of the recent Divisional Court decision that upheld the…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Sex Ed Saga

February 28, 2019
It was a bad day for equality but a good day for teachers, when Ontario’s…

This Public Consultation on Sex Ed is Keeping a Lot Secret

February 14, 2019
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

Battles begin over the repeal of Ontario’s 2015 sex-ed curriculum

January 23, 2019
In July of 2018, Education Minister Lisa Thompson announced that schools would revert to teaching the 1998…

UPDATE: CCLA and ETFO Sex-Ed Legal Challenges to be Heard Together

September 24, 2018
The Divisional Court determined the other week that the applications of the Canadian Civil Liberties…

CCLA Takes Legal Action to Fight the Rollback of a Modern, Inclusive 2015 Sex-Education Curriculum

August 23, 2018
Today, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and a courageous family have started the legal fight…

Taking the Fight for Inclusive Sex-Education in Ontario to the Steps of Queen’s Park

August 14, 2018
n Tuesday, Aug. 14, thousands of Ontario teachers and activists gathered at Queen’s Park in Toronto…

Update – Changes To Ontario’s Sex-Ed Curriculum: CCLA Taking It To The Next Level

August 3, 2018
CCLA believes that the 2015 Ontario Sex Education curriculum should NOT be replaced with the…

March For Our Education

July 23, 2018
On Saturday July 21st, hundreds of people gathered at the March For Our Education event at Queen’s…

CCLA Joins Coalition Calling For Ontario Government To Reinstate 2015 Sex-Ed Curriculum

July 17, 2018
March for Our Education, Leadnow and the undersigned are unswayed by the Minister of Education’s…

Smart Sex-Ed

July 12, 2018
We believe that the 2015-18 Sex Education curriculum should NOT be replaced by the 1998…

LGBTQ+ and Gender Equality Triumph: TWU v LSUC

June 15, 2018
LGBTQ+ and gender equality prevailed today, consistent with CCLA’s position, before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ella Webber Talks Trans-Non-Binary Rights With The CCLA

June 13, 2018
This series of 12 video clips documents a conversation between CCLA volunteer Amara McLaughlin-Harris and Ella…

Join CCLA at the Trans Pride Rally and March Friday June 22nd, 2018

June 6, 2018
You are invited to join CCLA at Toronto’s Trans Pride March. This is both a…

CCLA at Supreme Court in Trinity Western Case – Hearing This Week

November 29, 2017
TORONTO, Ont. – This week- on November 30th and December 1st – the Canadian Civil…

Hamilton Approves Cutting-Edge Trans Rights Protocol

March 7, 2017
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

No More Delay: Time To Protect Trans Rights

May 18, 2016
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…

2011 Saskatchewan Court Of Appeal Win

May 6, 2011
CCLA works directly with the LGBTQ2S+ community advocating for their rights and freedoms.