Policy, Human Rights & Structural Change

ok2beme-Being LGBTQ+ in Canada and Laws You Should Know

If someone is thinking of coming to Canada and they are a member of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer/Questioning) community, they might have some questions. This page will provide them with some general information and useful links to other websites.

The material on the website is intended to provide only general information to ok2beme's clients and the public. 

Where Is LGBTQ+  in Ontario’s Health Care Policies and Programs?

This 2022 study is a comparative thematic content analysis of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (MOHLTC) website and the websites of each of the 14 local health integration networks (LHINs) in 2009 and 2017. It provides a snapshot and evaluation of the amount and type of online content concerning LGBTQ+-specific health needs and determines how well the programs and services aligned with the Ministry’s stated priorities and population health/SDH philosophy. Researchers argue that to promote healthy equity, the MOHLTC needs to acknowledge inequalities and intervene through political and social mechanisms that extend beyond HIV.

Black Women in Motion

This Toronto-based organization “empowers and supports the advancement of Black womxn and survivors of sexual violence.” They’ve started the Love Offering Community Emergency Relief Fund “for Black Womxn (Trans and Cis), Femmes, Non-Binary and Gender-non-Confirming folx' experiencing food and income insecurity and who live within the City of Toronto or Greater Toronto Areas.” Priority is given to Black trans womxn and black 2SLBGTQ+ identifying and your donation helps provide financial support and food support.

Beyond Positive Intentions

This research report published by Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services in March 2021 investigates systemic discrimination and barriers that LGBTQ+ newcomer women and other trans and gender non-conforming newcomers in Toronto face at the societal level and within current programs/services. The study evidence suggests how sexual orientation, gender, race and immigration status are relevant predictors of well-being and those who are marginalized by these factors are at higher risk of health inequities. In addition to the full research report you can also access Research Summary  and  Animated Case Stories