At Torys, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is a celebrated core strength, and we are a dedicated ally of the LGBTQ2S+ community. We are proud of the diverse and inclusive values we uphold.
Pride Month is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on how far we’ve come and the work that still needs to be done in fostering an equitable and inclusive society for everyone.
This past year, the Canadian LGBTQ2S+ community has achieved a significant milestone as Canada has officially banned conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is a practice aimed at changing or repressing an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Treatments range from talk and behavioral therapy to medical treatments, which have already been discredited by the UN, World Health Organization and Amnesty International. The practice harms and further stigmatizes the LGBTQ2S+ community and reflects myths and stereotypes that their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression is wrong and can be “cured”. This is Canada’s third attempt at banning conversion therapy nationally and the bill went farther than previous versions by embedding it into the criminal code.
As we celebrate this momentous achievement, we must not forget the ongoing challenges the LGBTQ2S+ community faces every day. That is why we are proud to donate to Rainbow Railroad, a global not-for-profit organization that helps LGBTQ2S+ people facing persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. In a time when there are more displaced people than ever before, LGBTQ2S+ people are uniquely vulnerable due to systemic, state-enabled homophobia and transphobia.
We are proud of the firm’s history of advocating for LGBTQ2S+ rights, and most recently, we successfully defended an anti-SLAPP motion protecting the advocacy of LGBTQ2S+ inclusion measures in Catholic schools. You can read more about our pro bono work on our Social Impact and Sustainability page.
Our LGBTQ2S Affinity Group has helped to create a supportive and collegial environment at the Firm. Members of the LGBTQ2S+ group participate in recruiting, education, awareness-building and other internal initiatives, as well as fundraising, networking and other external activities.
In addition to our recent pro bono work mentioned above, our track record of legal work demonstrating our commitment to the LGBTQ2S+ community includes representing groups such as the Canadian AIDS Society, the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, and the Foundation for Equal Families.
For those participating in or attending the various events across our cities, we wish you a happy Pride!