About

We believe in a world where every person, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.

Our Mission

To improve the lives of LGBTQI2S people in Canada and to enhance the global response to LGBTQI2S issues. Egale will achieve this by informing public policy, inspiring cultural change, and promoting human rights and inclusion through research, education, awareness and legal advocacy. 


Our Vision

A Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and all other forms of oppression so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.

Core Values

At Egale, our shared commitments help to guide all the work that we do.

our history

1986

Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere (EGALE) founded by Les McAfee, to advocate for increased rights and recognition and to combat discrimination.

1995

Egan v. Canada: With Egale’s intervention, The Supreme Court of Canada found for the first time that human rights based on sexual orientation are protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

1996

Ammendment to the Canadian Humans Rights Act adding sexual orientation as a ground for discrimination.

1996

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is launched and becomes Canada’s national LGBTQI2S charity

1998

Vriend’s case: Supreme Court decision requiring that all Canadian provinces and territories prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

2002

With Egale’s help, Marc Hall wins rights to Jean-Paul Dumond to Oshawa Catholic High school prom.

2003

Halpern v. Canada: with Egale’s intervention, the Supreme Court of Canada finds the commonlaw definition of marriage violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Michael Leshner and Michael Stark become the first married same sex couple in Canada.

2005

Civil Marriage Act receives royal assent, recognizing equal marriage across Canada.

2011

Egale publishes findings of our first national climate survey on homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in Canadian secondary schools.

2014

Egale Youth OUTReach, offering individual counselling, homelessness and suicide crisis services for LGBTQI2S youth up to age 29.

2016

Egale announces the creation of Egale Centre, Canada’s fi­rst dedicated LGBTQI2S youth transitional housing service.

2016

Egale’s Just Society Committee submits The Grossly Indecent Report to the Government of Canada requesting an apology and reparations for the criminal persecution, job loss, ineligibility for pension, and dishonourable discharge from the military. following decriminalization in Canada

2017

Bill C-16 is passed, adding gender expression and gender identity as protected grounds to the Canadian Human Rights Act and also to the Criminal Code.

2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers an historic apology on behalf of the Government of Canada for years of state-sponsored, systemic oppression and rejection targeting LGBTQ2 public servants and military personnel.

2018

Egale announces it will undertake the second national climate survey on homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in Canadian secondary schools.

2018

Egale releases the IDENTITY Report following our inaugural national conference, IDENTITY: Canadian Perspectives on LGBTQI2S Inclusion, to bring together the many perspectives on the state of inclusion for our community and chart a path forward together.

2019

Egale launches Speak OUT, a national survey to understand the unique experiences of LGBTQI2S youth with dating violence.

2019

Egale launches a new organization called Friends of Ruby, to oversee its established direct services for youth, including the former Egale Centre and Egale Youth OUTreach

2019

Egale launches a brand refresh that more closely reflects our people and the communities we serve.

Annual Reports

2018 Annual Report

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2017 Annual Report

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2016 Annual Report

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Egale is Canada’s leading organization for LGBTQI2S people and issues. We improve and save lives through research, education, awareness, and by advocating for human rights and equality in Canada and around the world. Our work helps create societies and systems that reflect the universal truth that all persons are equal and none is other.