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2SLGBTQ+ Resources: Human Rights

This guide provides access to resources on 2SLGBTQ+ issues in Canada and NS, as well as statistics and links to community organizations. It was developed in consultation with NSCC's Office of Human Rights and Equity Services.

Overview

An exploration into the Canadian government's search and elimination of homosexuals from the civil service and armed forces. 

Please note that this documentary deals with content including homophobia; depression; suicide; substance abuse; and sexual violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

Fodey, S. (Producer). (2018). The fruit machine [Film]. TVO. https://www.tvo.org/video/documentaries/the-fruit-machine-feature-version

Rights of 2SLGBTQ+ In Canada

Throughout history, many countries have discriminated against same-sex sexual attraction. This discrimination has included attitudes and chalk drawing of rainbow heart with NSCC Pride written beneathactions. Some countries even have laws against homosexual activity or relationships.

At one time in Canada, you could be put into prison for same-sex sexual activities. In 1969 Canada passed a law so that private sexual acts between two adults was not a crime. This was a breakthrough in treating gay men, lesbians and bisexuals equally under the law but there was still discrimination against gay people.

In 1977, Quebec was the first province to say that no one could discriminate based on sexual orientation. Their provincial charter of human rights prohibits it. Today, every province and territory in Canada has similar statements in their charter of human rights. This protection means people who are part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community can live, work and marry in Canada with their rights protected.

 

Source

Government of Canada. (2018, September 10). Rights of LGBTI persons. Retrieved from https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/rights-lgbti-persons.html

Websites

Books

Violence against queer people : race, class, gender, and the persistence of anti-LGBT discrimination

eBook - Violence against queer people : race, class, gender, and the persistence of anti-LGBT discrimination

Violence against lesbians and gay men has increasingly captured media and scholarly attention.

Exiled for love : the journey of an Iranian queer activist

Exiled for love : the journey of an Iranian queer activist

To be gay in Iran means to live in the shadow of death. The country's harsh Islamic code of Lavat is used to execute gay men, and LGBT individuals who avoid execution are often subjected to severe lashings, torture and imprisonment.

Legal path dependence and the long arm of the religious state : sodomy provisions and gay rights across nations and over time

eBook - Legal path dependence and the long arm of the religious state : sodomy provisions and gay rights across nations and over time

Bringing together theoretical perspectives from both comparative politics and public law, this book examines the reasons why certain countries criminalize same-sex activities while others have carved into law the requirement that sexual minority communities be protected.

Video

As a member of both the African American and LGBT communities, filmmaker Yoruba Richen is fascinated with the overlaps and tensions between the gay rights and the civil rights movements. She explores how the two struggles intertwine and propel each other forward — and, in an unmissable argument, she dispels a myth about their points of conflict.

Y. Richen (2014). What the Gay Rights movement learned from the Civil Rights movement [Video]. TED.