One of the goals of Torys’ Diversity Committee is to recognize and celebrate diverse cultural, religious and equity events and holidays such as Pride Week.
In 1969, during the final weekend in June, the Stonewall riots occurred in New York City. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations against a police raid that took place at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. The demonstrations have become the defining event that marked the start of the gay and lesbian rights movement around the world. Today, Gay Pride events are held annually throughout the world toward the end of June to mark the Stonewall riots.
At Torys, we view diversity as a core strength of the firm. We have a long history of providing pro bono advocacy on behalf of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) community:
- In 1995, we represented The Canadian Aids Society and The Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario in R. v. Carmen M., in which the Ontario Court of Appeal found portions of the Criminal Code relating to the age for consent to be unconstitutional.
- In 1999, we represented the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in a Human Rights complaint against a printer who refused to provide printing services to the Archives.
- In 2004, we represented The Foundation for Equal Families as an intervener before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Marriage Reference. In that case, the federal government had referred to the Supreme Court of Canada various questions relating to the legality of its proposed Civil Marriage Act, which defined marriage in gender-neutral terms and permitted same-sex marriage.
Torys is proud to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for our LGBT lawyers, personnel and clients.
~ Torys’ Diversity Committee