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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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Religious Exclusion

posted Wednesday, April 8, 2015

by: in Law

Should a law school be allowed to exclude gay students on religious grounds? That is the question surrounding B.C’s Trinity Western University, which is set to open a law school in 2016. The school is a private Christian university that requires students to sign a “community covenant” that, among other things, prohibits premarital sex, where […]

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Update on adding gender identity to Canadian Human Rights Act

posted Sunday, March 8, 2015

by: in Law

Over the last few years there has been a wave of support for recognizing gender identity as a separate ground under human rights legislation. Ontario amended its Human Rights Code in 2012 to include gender identity and gender expression. Other provinces have followed suit. Even without these amendments it is often said that the ground […]

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Legal Check-in for the New Year

posted Sunday, January 18, 2015

by: in Law

No matter who you are or what you do, there is a good chance there are legal matters in your life that could use some attention. Chances are you have put these tasks on the back burner for so long you forgot they existed, or perhaps you never thought of them in the first place. […]

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What comes first: legal reform or social change?

posted Tuesday, December 30, 2014

by: in Law

The other day I was watching TV and the new Tide commercial came on. I had seen the commercial at least two or three times before, but this time it clicked: hey – they are featuring a gay couple! Within a few minutes of Googling I learned that General Mills recently featured a gay couple […]

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Do tax laws discriminate against gay male couples pursuing surrogacy?

posted Friday, November 28, 2014

by: in Law

Clients of mine who are “intended parents”, people having a child through third party assisted reproduction, often ask me about tax write-offs. After all, paying for medical expenses involved with third party assisted reproductive technologies (ART) is very expensive. For example, a gay male couple having a child through ART must pay for fertility medications, […]

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Victory for Trans Rights

posted Thursday, November 6, 2014

by: in Law

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) recently released a ground-breaking decision that made a clear statement about the rights of transgendered individuals and also, in a somewhat surprising development, their allies. Here is what happened… A cisgendered woman named Karen rented a retail booth and sold candles at a market in London, Ontario. One […]

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Legalities of Surrogacy

posted Thursday, September 25, 2014

by: in Law

Chances are you have read about Baby Gammy in the news. He was born to a Thai surrogate last month with Down Syndrome. His Australian genetic parents, who paid the surrogate to carry him, left him behind and brought only his healthy twin sister home. It’s unclear whether this was voluntary or coerced. There has […]

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Ontario Human Rights Commission Releases Policy on Preventing Gender-Identity Discrimination

posted Sunday, September 7, 2014

by: in Law

Trans rights have been making progress in Ontario over the past 15 years. One of the most recent steps was the release of a policy by the Ontario Human Rights Commission on preventing discrimination because of gender identity and gender expression. The policy is directed towards organizations that have or may have employees or customers […]

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The Law is Powerful

posted Sunday, July 6, 2014

by: in Law

World Pride 2014 is wrapping up in Toronto, so what better time to join the PinkPlayMags blogger family! My name is Lisa Feldstein. I am an Ally (yes, with a capital A) of the LGBTQ community. I am a lawyer and as such I will be blogging about legal issues. About a year ago the […]

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