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This year, take the campaign to Pride!

June 29, 2016

Together, we’ve Got PRIDE. Getting and keeping a good job; safe, respectful communities; health benefits for us and our loved ones…these are all LGBTQ issues and we need strong labour unions to get them. Ontario unions have marched side-by-side with the LGBTQ community to secure legal, social and economic rights such as: Protection from workplace…

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OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2016

May 16, 2016

OFL STATEMENT May 17, 2016 Generations United Against Homophobia and Transphobia: OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2016 Around the world, May 17 is recognized as the “International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia” – a day of action, awareness and affirmation of the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual,…

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2016 Ontario Pride Events

April 25, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Visible signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities. Labour unions have played a vital,…

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OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 13, 2016

April 12, 2016

OFL STATEMENT April 12, 2016 End the Silence on Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 13, 2016 Today the Ontario Federation of Labour calls upon workers across the province to celebrate diversity by wearing a pink shirt and by organizing activities in your workplace, or support…

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OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2015

May 15, 2015

OFL STATEMENT May 17, 2015 Standing Up and Speaking Out as Proud Allies: OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2015 Around the world, May 17 is recognized as a day of action, awareness and affirmation of the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified and Queer-identified (LGBTQ) people. On…

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2015 Ontario LGBTQ Pride Event Listings

May 8, 2015

LGBTQ Pride 2015 Dear Sisters and Brothers: Visible signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities. Over the past…

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STATEMENT: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

May 15, 2014

May 17, the Ontario labour movement stands in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities and affirms our ongoing commitment to fight against homophobia and transphobia. Read the OFL’s full statement here.“Standing Up! Speaking Out! Solidarity Against Hatred”      

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2014 Women Vote – Ready to roll

May 7, 2014

The OFL election materials are ready for you to download, copy and use, use, use. The Women Vote Canvass Kit is always in high demand and is an important vehicle to ensure women’s voices are heard. Also included are the all-important Women’s Issue Sheets, and  Women’s Cafe materials. It’s all here for you so that together,…

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Ontario Pride events underway and upcoming

May 7, 2014

Check the listings to see what is planned for your area and attend. See the list below or view the attachment. Out & Proud Labour. Everyone invited! MAY Guelph Pride May 3 – 10 www.guelphpride.com Elliot Lake Pride May 30 – June 1 www.elpride.ca Tri-Pride: Kitchener/Cambridge/Waterloo May 30-June 7 www.tri-pride.ca Pride Niagara (St. Catharines) May 30…

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Bullying Only Thrives When We are Silent: Anti-Bullying Day – April 9, 2014

April 8, 2014

OFL STATEMENT April 8, 2014 Bullying Only Thrives When We are Silent: OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 9, 2014 Bullying, and its traumatic consequences, remains a daily concern in the lives of too many people. The impact is often most targeted and most severe for LGBTQ youth (Lesbian, Gay,…

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Issuing a Universal Call for Trans Human Rights: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2013

November 19, 2013

OFL STATEMENT November 19, 2013 Issuing a Universal Call for Trans Human Rights: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2013 Every year, November 20 is recognized around the world as the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). It is meant as a day to challenge prejudice and hatred, to memorialize those who…

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OFL Statement for Women’s History Month – October 2013

September 26, 2013

OFL STATEMENT September 26, 2013 Women Workers Making History – Inside Unions and Out: OFL Statement for Women’s History Month – October 2013 Many unions and federations now have policies that designate seats on leadership bodies for women and other equity groups. In Canada, this process began in 1983 when the Ontario Federation of Labour…

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LGBTQ Pride 2013

May 17, 2013

April 2013 LGBTQ Pride 2013 Dear Sisters and Brothers: Visible signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities. Over…

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Hate Must Be Challenged Every Day and in Every Way: OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – May 17, 2013

May 17, 2013

OFL STATEMENT May 15, 2013 Hate Must Be Challenged Every Day and in Every Way OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2013 For the second year in a row, Ontario’s LGBTQ community and its allies are celebrating historic victories for the rights and protections of transgender people as part…

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Bullying Only Thrives in the Shadows: OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 10, 2013

April 9, 2013

 OFL STATEMENT April 10, 2013 Bullying Only Thrives in the Shadows: OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 10, 2013 Last year, the Ontario government passed historic anti-bullying legislation, but the issue of bullying, and its traumatic consequences, remains a daily concern in the lives of too many people. The impact…

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Honouring Lost Lives, Seeking Justice for the Living: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2012

November 19, 2012

OFL STATEMENT November 20,2012 Honouring Lost Lives, Seeking Justice for the Living: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2012 Since 1999, November 20 has been recognized as the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a day to reflect on the lives of transgendered people who have been killed due to…

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Mark Your Calendars! OFL Equity Conference (Nov. 9-11, 2012)

August 12, 2012

The Ontario Federation of Labour will be hosting an Equity Conference from November 9 to 11 under the theme: “We Are Ontario: Putting Equity Before Austerity.” The event will be opened up to members who belong to the OFL’s many equity-seeking constituencies. Community groups will also be invited to add their voices and experiences to…

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Out and Proud: Labour Contingent Photos from Toronto Pride

July 2, 2012

On July 1, the OFL and many affiliates celebrated Toronto Pride by marching together in a proud labour contingent. The theme of this year’s contingent was “We Are Ontario: Out and Proud” and it served as an opportunity to challenge government cuts to jobs and social programs that will affect the LGBTQ community. Click here…

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“Toby’s Law” Marks Break-Through for Human Rights

June 13, 2012

On the opening day of the OFL’s Out@Work Conference, delegates were joined by NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo (Parkdale-High Park) who announced the second reading passing of Bill 33, Toby’s Act (Right to be Free from Discrimination and Harassment Because of Gender Identity or Gender Expression). In her fourth attempt to secure Human Rights Code protections…

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New Anti-Bullying Law Protects LGBTQ Youth

June 5, 2012

The Ontario government’s anti-bullying legislation is on its way to becoming law, making it clear that sexual assault, gender-based violence, homophobia and transphobia will not be tolerated in the province’s public schools. While the law comes too late to save the lives of 15-year-old Jamie Hubley and 11-year-old Mitchell Wilson, it is hoped to help…

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