Note: Queer as Family has not been updated since the changes to the marriage laws in BC, Ontario and Quebec. Look for a special addition coming soon.
Queer As Family is a 24-page booklet outlining the rights and responsibilities of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered (GLBT) families in BC and Canada as of 2002. Members of the GLBT community, their friends and supporters should feel free to copy the booklet as necessary.
Please also note that this booklet is for information and general reference only. It is not to be viewed as legal advice. In addition, laws change regularly. If you have a legal matter for which you need legal advice, contact a lawyer. A lawyer will generally provide a 30-minute first consultation for free. There are also a variety of free legal services and clinics in the community. Please see the list of resources in the back of this booklet.
The booklet is available for download here.
Transforming Women’s Future – A Guide to Equality Rights Theory and Action
This substantive book is a collection of all the workshops and panel discussions that occurred at the 1999 national forum. It is a comprehensive collection of analysis and dialogue on the state of women’s equality in Canada at the turn of this century.
There is also a 2004 update available for downloading here.
West Coast LEAF understands that the basic human rights of low income women have been deteriorating in BC – that legislative and policy choices have made it harder for single mothers to meet their own needs and the needs of their families. These legislative choices breach international, national and provincial commitments to equality and human rights.
Human Rights Denied: Single Mothers on Social Assistance in British Columbia is a report that highlights legislative and regulatory policy changes within the BC government between 2001 and 2005 that disproportionately harm single mothers on social assistance and their children.
Equality in Action: Substantive Equality and Organizational Development Issues for Legal Organizations is a workshop designed for non-profit legal organizations such as law societies, legal education institutions and providers of legal services and programs. The program is meant to provide advice and assistance to those organizations working within the law and legal profession that have made a commitment to principles of equality and diversity. It includes a needs assessment, a workshop crafted specifically for the organization, and a follow-up report that may include recommendations, special information and resources.
The overall goal of the workshop is to share LEAF’s concept of substantive equality – developed through years of interventions – and explore ways in which this concept should and could be applied to an organization’s structure, programming and services.