Proud City

Proud City

The Centre for Gender & Sexual Diveristy is excited to launch: Proud City!

Proud City is an invitation to businesses, community organizations and spaces to identify as positive spaces for LGBTTQ+ persons. Positive spaces are spaces that seek to create inclusion and respect for LGBTTQ+ people.

This campaign is organized by the CCGSD.  The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) intersectionally promotes diversity in gender identity, gender expression, and romantic and/or sexual orientation in all its forms on a national level through services in the areas of education, health, and advocacy. Our resources and programming can be used to uplift gender and sexual minorities, as well as give the tools to wider populations in building allyship.

As a leader in anti-discrimination work, CCGSD runs programming all over Canada and the United States. Because of our hundreds of volunteers, we are able to reach over 250,000 people annually. We are also a proud leader in the International Day of Pink (, engaging millions of people in wearing pink and to run programs that stand up to bullying. We encourage you to find out more about CCGSD & the International Day of Pink, and get involved in making your community a safer and more diverse place.

Current Proud City members are:

  • Advantage Tutoring Services (711-415 Gilmour Street) General tutoring, English courses, high school preparation courses, and more!
  • AMH Style  (1440 Wellington Street West) High-end consignment store in the heart of the city
  • Anouk by Outpost Original (281 A Richmond Rd.) Anouk by Outpost Original celebrates the beauty of handmade traditional and contemporary art pieces from various communities around the world
  • Ashton Tax (546 Broadhead Avenue) Tax Preparation and Accounting Services
  • Bar Robo (692 Somerset St West) Coffee, cocktails, snacks, and shows! 
  • Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co (10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill) A local Ottawa brewing company
  • Beckta Dining & Wine Bar Fine wine and good food
  • Bellwethers Vintage (9 Florence St.) An ultra modern collection of vintage clothing
  • BMO – The Glebe Branch Good for all of your banking needs.
  • Bob Monette, Deputy Mayor & City Councillor  (110 Laurier Ave West)
  • Bonnie Nova Ottawa based online and popup clothing store. Products organized by type rather than gender. Inclusive sizing, most styles are available in XS – 4X. Accurate product-specific size charts.
  • Bridgehead (All 20 locations!) A fair trade coffeehouse chain with organic teas, soups, salads, sandwiches and snacks made in its own kitchen.
  • Caffeine 1UP (362 Rideau St) All ages & all welcoming independent cafe with video games in downtown Ottawa!
  • Canopy (358 Richmond Rd) Unique and fashionable clothing, made ethically in the USA
  • Caress Electrolysis (35 Larkin Dr. at Greenbank Rd.)
  • Carleton Student Engineering Society (CSES) Carleton’s Engineering student government
  • Carleton University EngiQueering Club (CUEC) Carleton’s Engineering LGBTQ+ committee
  • Catherine McKenna, member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre (107 Catherine St.) 
  • Cathrine McKenny, Councillor for Somerset Ward (110 Laurier Avenue West)
  • Cats R Us (836 Bank St.) Come see Monkey, the store’s cat!
  • C’est Bon Cooking (208 Dalhousie St.) Cooking tours cover 6 neighbourhoods, and cooking classes that are hands on!
  • Chez Anh (435 Sunnyside) Authentic vietnamese food and amazing staff! Try the banh mi, gỏi cuốn, and pho.
  • Ciel (285 Richmond Rd) Ethically made and fashionable apparel
  • Courtyard Restaurant (21 George St., Byward Market) One of the most romantic, fine dining restaurants here in Ottawa
  • Dance Fusion Studios (279 McArthur Ave) We teach ballet, jazz, highland, modern, and tap, for all ages, sizes, and genders.
  • Diane Deans Ottawa City councillor for Gloucester-Southgate Ward and Diane is also the Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee
  • Dovercourt (411 Dovercourt Ave) Dovercourt Recreation Association (DRA) is a not for profit charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community through recreation programs.
  • Dr. Jill Taylor Dentistry (479 Bank St.
  • DS Plumbing (102-14 Bexley Place) A very LGBTQ+ friendly plumbing service. 
  • Eggspectation Ottawa (171 Bank st.) Eggs, brunch, and more!
  • Escape manor downtown (201 Queen St. 4th Floor) Escape manor is a fun experience for anyone who wants to get locked up, and likes a mystery!
  • Escape manor Hintonburg (982 Wellington St. W) Escape manor is a fun experience for anyone who wants to get locked up, and likes a mystery!
  • Fabrications Ottawa (1018 Wellington St. W) A place to get great quality fabric
  • Feline Cafe (1076 Wellington St W) The only vegan & cat cafe in the city, with adoptable cats!
  • Flock boutique (1275 Wellington St. W.We are local, home grown & crafty. We carry clothing, accessories & jewellery made by over 120 Canadian designers, 98% of whom are women! Come check us out!
  • Great Canadian Theatre Company (1233 Wellington St W) Talented actors and exciting performances
  • Great Escape Outfitters (369 Richmond RdWe consider ourselves to be an inclusive and safe space 
  • Green Spirit (5558 Mmanotick main st.Crystals; incense; crystal jewellery; spiritual books + CDs; oracle + tarot cards.
  • Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa (768 Belfast Rd) An organization dedicated towards building and providing houses to people in need.
  • Healthy Pets HQ (420 Bank St.) Healthy Pets HQ is the talk of the town as a safe, inclusive shopping and working experience for all members of our community.
  • Heart and Crown-ByWard  (67 Clarence St.Where good friends meet for genuine Irish Hospitality. 
  • Irving Rivers (24 Byward Market Sq.) Pride, Trans, Bear flags, and so much more!
  • Kulu Trading (1299 Wellington St W) Gemstones galore! For two other locations see website.
  • Magpie Jewellery (Three locations in Ottawa) Beautifully designed jewellery.
  • National Arts Centre (1 Elgin st.) 1,300 performances and events annually featuring some of Canada and the world’s best artists in music, dance and theatre, in both english and french.
  • La Grange de la Gatineau (80 Chemin Summer, Cantley QC) We offer weddings for LGBTQ or straight couples in a rustic, natural riverside setting.
  • Lisa MacLeod, MPP (3500 Fallowfield Rd Unit 10)
  • Little Lighthouse Daycare (2210 Loyola Avenue) A home daycare run by a Registered Early Childhood Educator (R.ECE) with more than 10 years experience in the field
  • Living Colour Tattoo Studio (412 Dalhousie St) Beautifully designed tattoos, piercings, and more!
  • Magpie Jewellery (50 Rideau St. see website for other locationsBeautifully designed jewellery 
  • Maker House Co. (987 Wellington St. W) Beautiful Canadian made products.
  • Mann Lawyers (1600 Scott St, Suite 710) A full-service law firm providing a broad range of legal services to a diverse clientele, both individuals and businesses.
  • Waller Street Brewing (14 Waller St) We are a prohibition inspired brewery. We have Flights for Hope where we donate a portion of the cost of our flights of beer to a charity of our choice each month.
  • Mona Fortier, MP Ottawa-Vanier  (Justice Building, Room 809)
  • Nice one Nails (300 Earl Grey dr. 16) Spa pedicure – Manicure – Acrylic nails – Solar nails – Waxing
  • My Toy Shop (1136 Tighe St) A fabulous toys such as a giant stuffed giraffe, costumes, lego, wooden toys, and more!
  • Mystery Motel (41 York St. 3rd floor) Mystery Motel is a fun experience for anyone who wants to get locked up, and likes a mystery!
  • Optimixx (384 Dalhousie St.) Large variety of sports supplements
  • Ottawa Geek Market  The Ottawa Geek Market is a registered not-for-profit and volunteer run organization that hosts numerous events throughout the year including Ottawa Geek Market events and Geek and Gaming Garage Sales. There’s bound to be something for every geek in your life when you attend a Geek Market event!
  • Ottawa Public Health, Healthy Sexuality and Risk Reduction Program (179 Clarence Street) The Sexual Health Centre provides free and confidential STI (sexually transmitted infections) testing and treatment, and low cost birth control to Ontario residents. 
  • Ottawa Osteopathy & Sports Therapy (601-2197 Riverside Drive) We are a multidisciplinary clinic offering osteopathy, physiotherapy, athletic therapy, massage therapy and kinesiology. We emphasize one-on-one time with practitioners, and focus on manual therapy, patient education, and tailored home exercise programs, all within a private clinic setting.
  • Peppermint Organic Spa (1131 Mill Street, Manotick) An organic spa whose goal is to create wellness throughout the body.
  • Pet Valu Barrhaven (1581 Greenbank Rd) We carry all your pet’s needs
  • Pita Pit (Multiple locations) A great place to get pitas! Try the rainbow garden pita.
  • Pot & Pantry (244 Elgin St.) Our shop is filled with fun and functional kitchen tools, plus lots of pretty home accessories, and delicious gourmet food. Including a great variety of Canadian artisan goods
  • Pressed (750 Gladstone Ave) A gourmet sandwich bar and coffeehouse devoted to using high quality, local ingredients and serving organic and fair trade coffee.   
  • Pure Kitchen (357 Richmond Rd and 340 Elgin St) Vegetarian food and juice bar
  • Pure Yoga Ottawa (279 A Richmond RdA studio that offers various styles of yoga and is LGBTTQ+ friendly
  • Quesada, Burritos & Tacos (900 Exhibition Way-Unit 102) Spicy Chicken Burritos and more!
  • Rama Lotus Yoga Centre (342 Gladstone Ave) Yoga and Meditation classes
  • Rebal Petal (5532 Manotick Main St) Is a family run business with team members who have a combined total of 90 years in the floral design industry.
  • Riverside United Church (3191 Riverside Drive) As a faith community, Riverside United Church encourages exploration of your own spirituality through questioning, debate and choice; respects your personal views, wisdom, challenges and choices.
  • Running Room (Westboro location, 418 Richmond Road) Fitness and apparel
  • Saje Natural Wellness (350 Richmond Rd, Westboro Village) Natural healing and skin care products.
  • Scrim’s (262 Elgin Street) Ottawa’s oldest and finest florist
  • Social (537 Sussex) Fine cuisine and a fabulous location
  • Sogge & Associates (9 Lewis Street) A patient-centered psychological services guided by the following principles: professionalism, respect for diversity, collaboration, empowerment, mindfulness & compassion.
  • Sports 4 (149 Bank St.) Ottawa’s dedicated fit specialists for over 30 years.
  • St. Albans Church (454 King Edward Ave) An LGBTQ+ friendly Anglican Church
  • Stomping Ground (728 Bank Street) We sell multiple gender-neutral brands such as Muttonhead, Elka, and Nudie Jeans. Fabric doesn’t have a gender, our shop is a lifestyle boutique for everyone.
  • Stonewall Wilde’s (370 Bank St.) Pride merchandise and other fabulous art pieces created by Canadian artists
  • Suzie Blue Studio (1226 Wellington St West) We are a small boutique off the beaten path. We offer private evening shopping events to groups of friends ~we supply the jewelry and wine, you just shop and enjoy!
  • Sweet Escape Candy Emporium (875-8555 Campeau Dr, Tanger Outlets) Candies of the 2000’s, candy dating back to the 1920’s, 72 sweet and sour bulk candies, 32 Jelly Belly flavours, and more!
  • Ten Thousand Villages (371 Richmond Road) We are a non-profit organization, driven by volunteers and everything we sell is fair trade and hand made.
  • The Comic Book Shoppe (228 Bank St.) A wide selection of LGBTTQ+ comics and more!
  • The Extraordinary Baby Shoppe (1131 Wellington St. W) Wonderful products for both babies and parents
  • The Haunted Walk of Ottawa (46 Sparks St.) Tours of Ottawa’s most haunted places and creepy cool store merchandise.
  • The Herb and Spice Shop (375 & 380 Bank St ) The shop has increased its selection to carry a wide range of gluten-free and raw foods, ready-made lunch and dinner options, as well as many locally-produced foodstuffs we can find!
  • The Hintonburg Public House (1020 Wellington St. W) Art shows, live music, colouring nights, trivia, art classes, craft workshops, team building, cocktail parties, and more!
  • The Mud Oven (1065 Bank St.) The Mud Oven is a Paint-It-Yourself Ceramics Studio, that strives to create a unique experience for painters of all ages and level of experience.
  • The Pomeroy House (749 Bank St.) The Pomeroy House offer modern cuisine with a sense of nostalgia. A seasonally influenced and approachable menu in a casual setting.
  • The Walk-in Counselling Clinic (Multiple locations) No referral is required for the Walk-In Counselling Clinic. You will be assisted, with no appointment, on a first-come, first-serve basis during our Walk-In Counselling Clinic hours.
  • The Watch Clinic (1020 Wellington St. W) Various variety of high-quality watches
  • Third Avenue Spa (784 Bank Street) An Aveda concept spa that pampers you with pure plant and flower essences and all organic materials. 
  • Todric’s (10 McArthur Avenue) Fantastic brunch, lunch, dinner, and catering!
  • Trinity United Church (1099 Maitland Avenue) Trinity is an Affirming Congregation – a safe community for LGBTQ+ people, as well as those with differing abilities or mental health challenges.
  • Troubadour Books & Records (508 Bank St Drop by, browse to your heart’s content, soak up the atmosphere and see what catches your eye.
  • Trudel Home Hardware (140 George St.) All your hardware needs, and super friendly too!
  • United Way Ottawa (363 Coventry Rd.We are a non-profit organization that works to change lives right here in our city. We’re celebrating our city’s vibrant LGBTQ+ community and encouraging people to share their #PathtoPride. 
  • Venus Envy (226 Bank Street) An education orientated sex shop with a variety of books, sex toys, pride items, gender expression items, and more!
  • Victoire Boutique (1282B Welligton St. W) Canadian designed and made items
  • White Cross Dispensary (264 Elgin St.) An Elgin St Pharmacy
  • Whole Foods Market – Landsdown (951 Bank Street) At Whole Foods Market, “healthy” means a whole lot more. It goes beyond good for you, to also encompass the greater good. Whether you’re hungry for better, or simply food-curious, we offer a place for you to shop where value is inseparable from values.
  • Wicked Wanda’s Adult Emporium (327 Bank St.) Sex toys, kinky items, pride items, and more!
  • Wild Willy’s Plants and Flowers (1252 Wellington St. W) Amazing flowering airplants and more cool plants!
  • Winners Lansdowne (225 Marche way)
  • Workshop Boutique (1226 Wellington St. WWe are local, home grown & crafty. We carry clothing, accessories & jewellery made by over 120 Canadian designers, 98% of whom are women! Come check us out!
  • Yuk Yuk’s Ottawa (390 Rideau St.) Who doesn’t like LGBT+ friendly stand up comedy!
  • Zeta Theta Xi Sisterhood (uOttawa, Carleton University, ) We wish to abolish the stereotypes and misconceptions typically connected to sororities from popular media. We give strong, independent and intelligent young women a chance to dedicate their time to various philanthropic causes, with the intent of teaching them to spread goodwill and help others in any way that they are able to.

Also, check out these cool community organizations:

  • AIDS Committee of Ottawa Provide support, prevention, education and outreach services
  • The Algonquin College Pride Centre Is a drop in space that provides a safe and welcoming environment and offers peer support, resources, events, education, and more for students.
  • Bruce House Is a community-based organization providing housing, compassionate care and support in Ottawa for people living with HIV and AIDS
  • Carleton Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre (GSRC) Aims to be a safe(r) space for Carleton students of all gender identities and sexual orientations through education, advocacy, and support.
  • Family Services Ottawa Offers a range of social services (counseling and support services) in English and French to all residents of Ottawa.
  • The Gay Ottawa Volleyball (GOV) league is a volunteer, non-profit volleyball league catering to the LGBTQ community and allies
  • Gender Mosaic Provides varied forums and resources to assist in the personal development, growth, and contact of its members with the transgender community.
  • Kind Space Offers peer-run discussion groups, counseling services, and educational programs in a diverse and sex-positive environment.
  • Manajiwin (LGBTTQ+ Fitness) Offers LGBTTQ communities a workout/fitness space where the emphasis is you doing the exercise/weight training you want to do in a pressure-free environment.
  • Max Ottawa An organization where you can find events, articles, campaigns, community resources and links to health information for guys into guys in Ottawa.
  • Minwaashin Lodge An Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre that provides a range of programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and children (regardless of status)
  • Ottawa Bears A social group for hairy men and their admirers. Bar nights and monthly brunches and other social activities, such as games or movie nights.
  • Ottawa Date Squares (square dancing) Is a gay and lesbian friendly modern square dancing club.
  • Ottawa Frontrunners Is a running and walking club for members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered (GLBT) community and friends.
  • Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus Choeur gai d’Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus is a local, independent, charitable organization the mission of which is to perform quality choral music and to contribute to the gay community.
  • Ottawa Knights Is a Brotherhood which strives to preserve the Leather culture through leadership, camaraderie, education, and Community service.
  • Ottawa Senior Pride Network Their goal is to encourage/advocate for LGBT-positive spaces and cultural competence within senior serving agencies and facilities.
  • Ottawa Time Out Hiking Club Is a hiking club for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans community
  • Ottawa Wolves Rugby Football Club Their mission is to promote and encourage participation in rugby among those who have traditionally been under-represented in the game.
  • Ottawa-Gatineau Capitals Hockey Club The OGGHA offers competitive and recreational levels of play and is committed to fostering and developing its members’ passion for hockey.
  • PFLAG Supporting families, Educating the public, Advocating for equality.
  • POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work Educate & Resist) An organization that envision a society in which sex workers are able to practice their professions free of legal and social discrimination, victimization, harassment and violence and in which sex work is valued as legitimate and fulfilling work making an important contribution to society.
  • Public Servants Pride Network The Public Service Pride Network (PSP) unites LGBTTQ+ employees of the Government of Canada across the country.
  • OQSL (Ontario’s LGBTQ+ Softball League) OQSL is an inclusive recreational softball league for LGBTTQ+ persons and supporters that aims to refine your softball skills in a fun, safe and social environment.
  • QTPOC++ This is a social networking forum where you can shout out for someone to join you for tea or a walk, or at a community event, etc, in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.
  • QYT (Queer Trans Youth at Kind) Queer Trans Youth is a peer-led discussion and support group for LGBTTQ+ youth, ages 25 and under, in Ottawa. It’s a safe space for young people to come for discussions, understanding, support, and most importantly, fun.
  • Queer Mafia An Ottawa-based network of queer identified individuals who are committed to supporting our community by throwing awesome parties and community events.
  • Queering613 A volunteer-run community project committed to connecting LGBTTQ+ folks to Ottawa’s queer and trans cultures, organizations and issues.
  • Queerios (Kanata) A social group for LGBTTQ+ youth (ages 12-18) where you can hangout and make friends in the community.
  • Rainbow Rockers Curling League Ottawa’s LGBTQ+ Curling League, membership is open to the Ottawa community with any level of curling ability. Individuals are welcome to join as a full member or as a spare.
  • Rideau Speedeaus The Ottawa Rideau Speedeaus d’Ottawa is a swim team with a difference: it is primarily a gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans swim team, but welcomes members from the straight community too.
  • SCS (200 – 150 ch Montréal Road) the initial contact for individuals who have a developmental disability or autism in the Ottawa region.
  • SHAG (Sexual Health Advisory Group at YSB) The Sexual Health Youth Advisory encourages discussion and openness around the topic of youth sexuality. It focuses primarily on sex and sexuality and on related issues, such as healthy relationships and safe sex practices.
  • Spectrum (YSB) Spectrum is a by-youth for-youth space offering a variety of programming including educational workshops, group discussions, art collaborations, counselling, and peer mentoring.
  • Ten Oaks Project The Ten Oaks Project is a charitable, volunteer-driven organization that engages and connects children and youth from LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer) communities.
  • The Sex You Want Getting from here to there looks different for everyone. The site has lots of information to help you figure out how to have the sex you want, and to help you and your partners think through the decisions that can impact your health.
  • Tone Cluster (Queer Choir) The mission and purpose of the organization is to strive for excellence in music.
  • Trans Health Information Ottawa (THIO) The aim of this website is to provide a platform for trans, Two Spirit, non-binary and gender nonconforming people around Ottawa to discuss and advocate for our health care needs.
  • uOttawa Pride Centre The Pride Centre of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa is student-run service that strives to promote, advocate for, and support gender, sex, and sexual diversity.
  • Youth Service Bureau The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa serves youth aged 12 and older. We focus on youth with difficulties affecting their physical and/or emotional well-being and development. We support youth in making positive health and lifestyle decisions.

To join Proud City consider:

  • SHOW YOUR SUPPORT: It seems simple, but putting up a PROUD CITY sticker, poster or window decal really help LGBTQ+ people know that your space is one that will respect their identity.
  • SUPPORT THE CAUSE: Please consider putting up one of our donation boxes, or selecting an item as a ‘Pride item,’ where proceeds support LGBTQ+ communities through our work.
    FYI: For every $15 you donate to us, we are able to run a workshop that stops bullying & discrimination! And every $1000 supports a youth attending GSA Forum (
  • GET TRAINED: Every Monday from 2-4pm we will be offering FREE training at our office. This training will help you and your team understand the LGBTQ+ community, learn about respectful language, and gain new ways to be more inclusive.
    RSVP by emailing: or request an alternative time for groups of 5 or more.
  • SHOW YOUR PRIDE: Put up Pride Posters for our events and others in the community. Also, consider theming your front window or a section of your organisation with rainbows. Pride week is Aug 21-27.

Sign up right now by completing this completing this PDF and email it with your logo to:

Pink Agenda

Pink Agenda

Today we call on all those across Turtle Island fighting for equality and justice to expand and protect the rights, needs, and liberation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex, asexual, two-spirit, and gender nonconforming people everywhere to engage with us to promote this agenda.

Read The Pink Agenda here.

As we celebrate 12 years of action in federal, provincial, municipal and local politics, we recognize that our privileged position in Ottawa has allowed us to have successful conversations with politicians from across the country. We have been fortunate through our engagement with communities across the country as well; listening to community members and understanding their needs.

We take a moment also to recognize that our work not been without faults and may have caused harm to minorities within our own space. This realization comes with a recommitment to the values in this agenda, and a new commitment to build upon and change them to respond to the lived realities of those who have experienced exclusion.

We also know that human rights, justice and human dignity are not limited only to Canadians. LGBTQ2S people still face state persecution, criminalization, and police brutality in far more countries than, in which they are free. Defending the human rights of LGBTQ2S people has become increasingly urgent as religious and political extremism resurges around the world. Canada has clear legal and ethical obligations to engage in these issues and protect the most vulnerable at home and abroad.

The fight for equality and rights for LGBTQ2S Canadians – including refugees, migrants, and those without status – is an intersectional fight. Homophobia and transphobia do not exist in a vacuum. They are almost always twisted up with racism, sexism, Islamophobia, ethnophobia and/or classism. LGBTQ2S people are everyone. We have multiple intersecting identities, privileges and oppressions.

This document takes stock of what we have accomplished, and points us toward a future of justice and equality. Canada and Canadians must take an active role in resisting oppression internationally, nationally and within our own communities. We stand together to create an equitable, fair and just world that celebrates our differences and protests our oppressions.

This document is currently in draft status. We want to share our direction with you on this historic occasion of bringing LGBTQ2S Service Providers together from across the country to discuss, receive feedback and ensure that this document responds to the intersectionality and diversity of our national community.

As we move forward, we will formalize our relationship with elected officials, demonstrate a higher level of accountability to the community and work collaboratively with community members and organizations across the country, and around the world.

Canadian society is unique around the world. We enjoy democratic freedoms and rights are generally respective; however, we can do more at home as well as in the international arena. In fact, Canada must do more to integrate the human rights of LGBTQ2S people into domestic policy, foreign policy, and refugee policy. Likewise, it is our ethical imperative to dismantle gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system.

The rights of LGBTQ2S people are always intersectional. Individuals may experience multiple forms of marginalization or disadvantage at the same time, while also experiencing privileges of different kinds. Any discussion of homophobia, transphobia and LGBTQ2S in Canada rights must include the practical application of ideas through policy regarding housing, healthcare, education, suicide prevention, underemployment, unemployment, and poverty reduction.

Trans rights are gender justice. All Canadians deserve the power to control and make decisions about their own bodies and be free from imposed gender norms, expectations, shame, violence, and stereotypes.

As a nation, we must acknowledge past and present discrimination and brutality against LGBTQ2S people and, whenever possible, offer apologies and reparations. Legacies of colonialism and systemic inequalities are directly linked to intergenerational trauma, poverty, and criminalization. It is critical that all Canadians understand the historical context for laws passed and actions taken in countries that further marginalize, oppress or even put to death LGBTQ2S people.

Colonialism has played a critical role in spreading intolerance against LGBTQ2S people. Many of the world’s laws criminalizing “sodomy” or “buggery”, including those in Canada, were imposed by British settlers and enforced through a legal system informed by religion. Even today, facets of Canada’s original buggery law remain in the Criminal Code, setting out a different age of consent and a ban on anal sex involving more than two partners.

In close to 80 countries, sodomy laws remain on the books and are enforced by the state. Most penalties carry a life sentence, but in 13 countries, sex between two people assigned male at birth is punishable by death. Even in those countries where such a sex act does not carry a capital sentence, LGBTQ2S people live in constant fear of media outings and “mob justice” that almost always results in death. In most of the world, queer and trans people live double lives, constantly at risk of being outed to family, church, religious institutions, and community.

Canada must declare that the criminalization and persecution of LGBTQ2S people around the world is a crime against humanity. This conversation is about respect for human dignity, justice and human rights.

How this document will be used:

In our relations with political and institutional systems, we will be using this document to explore best practices for those in positions of leadership .

We will be posting updates of how how encounters go and mark changes as they occur.

Living document:

This document marks were the CCGSD today.

Like all social justice movements we recognize that this position will change and evolve with time, and in relations to the changing needs of communities.

This is a living document, which means we invite your ideas, feedback and suggestions. They will be reviewed every 6 months to edit the document and produce a new version. Please send your comments to:

Join the LGBTQ2+ Service Providers Network

Join the LGBTQ2+ Service Providers Network

The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity is excited to extend you an invitation to join the LGBTQ2+ Service Providers Network.

Sign up here:

As a member of the LGBTQ2+ Service Providers Network, you will receive a monthly update with resources from other service providers, grant and funding opportunities, and LGBTQ2+ news.  You will also be able to share personal stories, achievements, and resources to be shared with your fellow members.

The LGBTQ2 + Service Providers Network stemmed out of the Centre’s LGBTQ2+ Service Providers’ Summit’s goal to create a network of professional supports to strengthen our collective capacity, presence, and bond as community members, allies and service providers.

Those who wish to register should be a part of an organization, formally or informally, who provides services to LGBTQ2+ individuals in their community. Multiple members of the same organization can register collectively.

As a member of the LGBTQ2+ Service Providers Network, you have the choice to be listed as a service provider on the Centre’s website. You also have the ability to attach a short bio/scope of the organization and any services you currently offer.

If you have any questions about the LGBTQ2+ Service Providers Network or you have any problems with registering, please contact Kevin at or by phone at 613-400-1875.

The first update will be Aug 2017 and include information on The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, which provides some legal protections for individuals who seek emergency help during an overdose.

Canada 2017 Rainbow Grants

Canada 2017 Rainbow Grants

Please note we have given away all of this year’s Rainbow Grants. Should the grant be open for 2018, we will inform you.

The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity is proud to partner with HSBC to present the: Canada 2017 Rainbow Grants. Through 2017 we will be giving away 150 micro-grants of $150 to make Canada a Prouder place!

Any educational institution, community organization or grassroots initiative can apply for these micro-grants using the form here: Click for the Applicaiton Form Here.

The grants are designed to support initiatives and projects that promote diversity, and challenge discrimination in your community or school. This can include workshops, arts projects, campaigns, conferences, or something else. Be creative!

We look forward to reading your applicaiton and support your projects!

Some guidelines:

  • Grants will be distributed on a monthly basis for projects taking place in 2017.
  • Grants will be distributed on a rolling basis. This means that if you meet the criteria you will be approved. This process will continue till all 150 grants are distributed.
  • We are looking to support your initiatives (new or existing) to make Canada a proud(er) place.
  • Some examples of projects include: bringing in a speaker to talk about inclusion, new resources for a classroom, or supplies to organization a celebration (dance, poetry event, awards ceremony…). Please don’t be limited by theses examples, we hope to support innovative and creative projects.
  • Successful applicants will be required to submit a brief evaluation with pictures of their project.
  • If a acknowledgement is available, we will request you include the HSBC & CCGSD logos, and/or acknowledge the support of the Canada 2017 Rainbow Grants, presented by the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diveristy.
  • Priority will be given to projects that recognize issue of LGBTQ+ topics, intersectionality, colonization, and human rights. Priory will also be given to projects that mark import pieces of LGBTQ+ history; some key dates are below.
  • We are only able to support projects that celebrate diversity. Any projects that promote discrimination will not be selected.


A note about 2017:

We at the CCGSD are celebrating Canada 2017. We recognize that Canada’s history dates back before confederation (1867). Moreover, we recognize the impacts of colonization, genocide of Indigenous peoples, and the impacts of residential schools. We recognize our communities shared responsibility to take action to promote reconciliation ( As you apply for your grant, please keep these ideas in mind.


A timeline of LGBTQ+ History in Canada (1950’s till 1980’s):

by Prof Gary Kinsman
Please note: Language used in this document speaks to the real history and language used at time. The absence of the experiences of trans persons, QTIPOC persons and others, refers directly to the erasure of theses communities by the mainstream at the time. We hope your projects will acknowledge this and challenge our communities’ history of oppression towards one another in your projects.

Early 1960s:  Early Resistance and Organizing

  • The anti-homosexual national security campaign began officially in Canada in the late 1950s and lasted
    officially until the later 1980s and into the early 1990s in the military. These campaigns included the creation of a detection technology devised by Dr. F.R. Wake infamously known as the “Fruit Machine.” Many gay men and lesbians refused to co-operate with these purge campaigns which led to thousands of people losing their jobs. In spite of this state surveillance and policing, gay men and lesbians organized homophile groups such as the Vancouver-based Association for Social Knowledge (ASK), formed in 1964 that undertook early popular
    educational and law reform efforts.  The ASK Newsletter and magazines such as Two and Gay also played a critical role in keeping the emerging homosexual communities informed about social and political issues such as anti-queer policies and sexual policing.

Late 1960s:  Law Reform and its Limitations

  • In 1965, Everett George Klippert was charged with gross indecency for having consensual homosexual sex. At sentencing Crown appointed psychiatrists declared him to be a “dangerous sexual offender” (DSO) since he was likely to continue to engage in gay sex.  A 1967 Supreme Court appeal unholding his indefinite detention as a DSO sparked a debate leading up to the passage of the 1969 Criminal Code Reform. Partly based on the spaces opened up by early homophile organizing Pierre Elliot Trudeau (as Justice Minister and then as Prime Minister) and others argued that while homosexual acts between two consenting adults (21 and over) in “private” may be a form of mental illness it did not constitute a criminal act.  This was based on the form of public/private, adult/youth sexual regulation developed in the 1957 English Wolfenden Report. Despite this apparently “liberal” reform the sexual policing of gay men escalated after the 1969 reform.

1970s: Liberation Movements and Human Rights

  • The 1969 New York City Stonewall Riots against police repression provided the spark for liberationist organizing that moved beyond the more moderate approaches of homophile organizing. In this context on
    August 28, 1971, approximately 200 people marched on Parliament Hill and delivered a brief prepared by Toronto Gay Action known as “We Demand.” This protest led to the formation of The Body Politic, a prominent gay magazine and facilitated the emergence of gay liberation, lesbian feminist and gay rights movements.  Early alliances between gay liberation, feminist, and anti-racist activists were built signaling the connections between historically oppressed people. Movement organizing shifted from a liberationist approach to a human rights based approach focusing on sexual orientation protection in human rights legislation. As sexual policing in the later 1970s intensified the raid on Montreal’s Truxx Bar in October 1977 and the massive protests that followed led to the inclusion of sexual orientation in the Quebec Charter of Rights.

1970s: Lesbian Feminism

  • Lesbians experience oppression both as women and as lesbians and have been quite involved in both gay and feminist organizing. In the gay movement lesbians experienced sexism from gay men and in the feminist movement often heterosexism from heterosexual women. They therefore formed their own autonomous lesbian feminist movement to fight against sexism and heterosexism. Groups such as the Lesbian Organization of Ottawa Now (LOON), the Atlantic Provinces Political Lesbians for Equality (APPLE), the Lesbian Organization of Toronto (LOOT), and the Lesbian Caucus of the British Columbia Federation of Women created lesbian feminism as a political force. ThePedestal, Broadside, and Long Time Coming. Groups such as Wages Due Lesbians, the Lesbian Mothers Defense Fund, and the defence effort for The Brunswick Four, four lesbians who were evicted from a heterosexual tavern, were some of the organizing efforts that characterized the radical politics of lesbian feminism in Canada.

1970s: Queering Whiteness and Gender

  • Queers of colours, bisexuals, transgendered people  and transsexuals began to organize themselves within gay and lesbian communities since their specific needs were not being addressed. Many queers of colour continued to face racism within queer communities and the assumption that that “normal” gay person was white.  Caribbean-Canadian author, Makeda Silvera was central in establishing a foothold in queer communities as an out black lesbian feminist. A co-funder of Sister Vision: Black Women and Women of Colour Press in 1985, Silvera played a key role in making visible and radicalizing lesbians of colour.
  • Transsexual and transgendered people often found their needs not being addressed within queer movements and communities as they also had to resist the gender regulations coming from the medical management of transsexual experience and institutions like the Clarke Institute in Toronto. Trans organizing put in question the two-gender binary (man/woman) system.

1970s: Resisting Moral Conservatives

  • By the later 1970s a wave of moral conservatism (often referring to itself as the “Moral Majority”) swept
    across the USA and into Canada targeting queers, feminists, leftists, and anti-racist activists. In particular they focused on defending the heterosexual family. In 1977 and 1978, a rash of protests against Anita Bryant, the spokesperson of the “Save Our Children” campaign in the USA erupted in Canada galvanizing queer activists. Invited and funded by Renaissance International and other moral conservative groups Bryant’s visits to Canadian cities galvanized gay and lesbian organizing.  Groups formed included the Coalition to Stop Anita Bryant, Gay Liberation Against the Right Everywhere (GLARE) and Lesbians Against the Right (LAR). Moral
    conservative organizing against queers has continued but it was pushed back by mass mobilizations and alliance building in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Late 1970s to Early 1980s- Fighting Back

  • The “clean up” campaign prior to the 1976 Montreal Olympic summer games led initially to the closing down of lesbian and gay establishments in Montreal and Ottawa including Sauna Aquarius, Baby Face, Limelight Bar, Neptune Sauna, Club Baths, Jilly’s and the Club Baths. Demonstrations, however, turned this situation around. The Olympic “clean-up” campaign was part of a broader escalation of sexual policing that included the use of bawdy-house legislation against gay establishments as they became more publicly visible. In 1981 with the police code name of Operation Soap the Toronto bath raids took place when the police arrested close to 300 men and there was a mass response to this in the city streets. These mobilizations and defence efforts led to the acquittal of the vast majority of the men who had been charged forcing the police to back off other such large-scale raids as well as to the major expansion of gay community formation in Toronto. These mass mobilizations, the expansion of communities, and the progress of human rights struggles helped to lay the basis for the later use of the equality rights section of the Charter to advance gay and lesbian legal rights struggles.


As this is the first time we are running a project like this we invite your feedback! Should you have any questions, suggestion or ideas, please email:


Gilbert Baker Memorial Fund
Take action on Bill C-39

Take action on Bill C-39

BirthdayWhat is Bill C-39?

The Federal Government has taken action to reform Canada’s Criminal Code by removing ‘zombie laws’ – laws that have been struck down in court and cannot be enforced. These laws are no longer reflective of Canadian societal attitudes, but remain in the Code because Parliament must observe formal process to strike them from the books.


Bill C-39 is an Act to amend the Criminal Code (unconstitutional provisions) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. The Act includes the repeal of section 159 of the Criminal Code, the prohibition of anal intercourse. This legislation was initially introduced as Bill C-32, but has since been absorbed into C-39.


The repeal of section 159 of the Criminal Code would promote the equality rights protected by subsection 15(1) of the Charter, which provides that everyone is equal before and under the law. Section 159 prohibits anal intercourse, except by a husband and wife or two persons who are both 18 years or older, and where the act is consensual and takes place in private. The offence has had a disparate impact on gay and bisexual men, whose consensual sexual activities have been uniquely targeted for prohibition under the Criminal Code.


In addition, courts in five provinces as well as the Federal Court of Canada (Trial Division) have found section 159 to unjustifiably discriminate on the prohibited grounds of sexual orientation, age and marital status.


The repeal will equalize the range of sexual conduct before the law, and lower the applicable age of consent from 18 to 16, making it equal to the required age of consent for all other consensual sexual activity.


History of Act

In November 2016, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould proposed Bill C-32 to repeal Section 159, which was then incorporated into Bill C-39. C-39 was introduced and read in the House of Commons on March 8, 2017.


Minister Wilson-Raybould rightly called Section 159 ‘discriminatory’, and cited statistics of 69 Canadians charged under this section between 2014 and 2015.  Many Canadians may have thought that this outdated law was abolished in the 60’s during Pierre Trudeau’s progressive administration. In fact, the law was not repealed, only amended to create exemptions for legal adults in heterosexual unions. This meant that the law still discriminated against gay and bisexual men, and that the age of consent remained unequal.


Bill C-39 is part of the Liberal government’s commitment to ensure that all Canadians are treated equally and respectfully, and that the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals are brought to light. The passage of this Bill will be a triumph for our community, and hopefully indicates the enactment of further measures, protections, and resources that support true equality.


Why Is This Legislation Significant to the LGBTQ+ Community?

This Bill represents a significant stride in equality towards same sex relationships, and the way they are perceived not only by society as a whole, but by members of law enforcement.

The Bill also gives individuals the information, power, and autonomy to decide what they want to do with their own bodies once they reach the age of consent.


Most importantly, the legislation may also make sex education more available, particularly to youth, giving them a chance to make informed decisions about their sexual activity and health. While the age of consent for anal intercourse was 18 years of age, many authorities felt it was unnecessary or inappropriate that sex education be open and accessible about risk factors and safe practices. This resulted in increased health risks, and a continuation of the stigma around LGBTQ+ relationships.


What Else Is Included In This Act?

Bill C-39 proposes to either repeal or amend various provisions under the Criminal Code that have been found to have been unenforceable because they are inconsistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. For more information on the full scope of the Act, please visit:


What is the CCGSD Doing?

The CCGSD is currently working to publicize this legislation and create awareness both within, and outside of the LGBTQ+ community. We are also meeting with parliamentarians on an ongoing basis in an effort to educate them about the issues faced by LGBTQ+ Canadians. Our focus now is on Members of Parliament, and how they will vote on this Bill.


If you have any suggestions for us on our efforts towards C-39, or if you would like to collaborate on projects to advance this Bill, please contact


Next Steps – Get Involved!

We need all Canadians to contact their Member of Parliament and urge them to pass Bill C-39 unchanged.


Taking action is easy. Simply:


Click this link to open a list of Members of Parliament

Find your MP.

Email (see draft email below) or call them, and tell them to pass Bill C-39 immediately.

Share this page on social media, at the office, in school and at your community organizations–and get your friends and family to take action too!


Sample Email:

Dear Member of Parliament,


I’m writing to you in support of Bill C-39, an Act to amend the Criminal Code (unconstitutional provisions) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. Within this legislation is the repeal of Section 159, the prohibition of anal intercourse. This provision is discriminatory towards members of the LGBTQ+ community, and its repeal is a step towards equality.


LGBTQ+ Canadians struggle daily with inequity. Allowing this outdated law to remain on the books not only leaves the required age of consent unequal for different consensual sex acts, but also perpetuates the stigma around LGBTQ+ relationships. As Canadian society makes strides forward towards understanding and equality, the Criminal Code must change to reflect new attitudes.


This Bill must pass through the House of Commons with support from all parties. Please take action to understand and support Bill C-39.



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