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Author: Lisa Feldstein

Scales of Pride

posted Wednesday, June 29, 2016

by: in Law

I was on the Pride Toronto website recently and read that “February 5, 2016, marks the 35th anniversary of Toronto’s infamous Bathhouse Raids, the catalyst for Pride in our city.” During the bathhouse raids hundreds of people were arrested and subject to violence, not to mention outed which also had devastating consequences for many. The […]

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Tips for better treatment of transgendered patients at fertility clinics

posted Friday, April 8, 2016

by: in Law

You may have come across an article recently about a transgendered man feeling mistreated at a fertility clinic. He reported being called “she” and feeling degraded for a multitude of reasons. Although no one can undo the humiliation that this individual felt, as a health lawyer who regularly works with both fertility clinics and patients […]

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Cy and Ruby’s Act

posted Wednesday, February 24, 2016

by: in Law

As a lawyer who helps create families through egg/sperm donation and surrogacy, I have had some clients ask me about the impact of Bill 137 – Cy and Ruby’s Act (Parental Recognition), 2015 – on their family-building. So without further ado, here is a brief overview of Cy and Ruby’s Act. This is a bill […]

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My New Years Resolution Proposal (that doesn’t involve lifting a finger)

posted Wednesday, December 23, 2015

by: in Law

The New Year is a time for reflections and resolutions. On that note, I decided to reflect on my PinkPlay blogs from 2015 and see if I could discern any themes that could become the basis for a New Years’ resolution. It didn’t take long to realize that many of my blogs this year had […]

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LGBTQ Individuals and couples now entitled to IVF Funding

posted Tuesday, November 3, 2015

by: in Law

It is now more affordable to make a baby… As of December 2015 the Ontario government will start to pay for one round of IVF for people with infertility, which includes people who cannot conceive naturally due to sexual orientation (i.e. “non-medical infertility”). This is great news because many same-sex couples cannot become parents due […]

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Ontario Government Forms to Become Gender Neutral

posted Monday, September 28, 2015

by: in Featured, Law

Ontario parents who are not part of a traditional nuclear family can face problems filling out government forms. The example I see most often is with birth registrations, which arises in my surrogacy law practice. Even though a birth certificate can list two parents of the same sex, the birth registration form is not so […]

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Italy recognizes rights of same-sex couples

posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015

by: in Law

Last month I blogged about a historic ruling in the United States legalizing same-sex marriage, and this month I am pleased to report similar developments in Europe. Italy does not allow same-sex couples to marry or enter into civil unions. To the frustration of many, attempts at introducing legislation have been procedurally blocked by the […]

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Supreme Court of the United States recognizes same-sex marriage in landmark decision

posted Thursday, July 9, 2015

by: in Law

You likely heard about the historic ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States in June 2015 striking down laws prohibiting same-sex marriage. I suspect most of you have read only the media publications on the decision, so I  thought it might be interesting to look at the written decision of the Court and […]

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LGBTQ Seniors in Long-Term Care

posted Sunday, June 7, 2015

by: in Law

As Pride Week returns for another year, I find myself thinking specifically about seniors. In response to the recent Ireland same-sex marriage referendum, an older woman from Ireland, who was critical of the outcome, was quoted in the media about how she feels young people these days have lost their way. Her comment reminded me […]

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Can a doctor refuse to treat patients because of their sexual orientation or identity?

posted Sunday, May 3, 2015

by: in Law

In February it was reported that a U.S. pediatrician refused to treat a child because her mothers were lesbians. The same thing happened to a Winnipeg couple in 2009, annd over the years many others have likely experienced similar discrimination, though the stories are often not shared publicly. The first paper I ever published was […]

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