Our History

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

Amendment to the Canadian Human 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 common law 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.