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What we got: The details
Federal human rights protection

Stories recorded here deal only with efforts to affect federal and constitutional law. There were many, many more on long-running battles to include the term "sexual orientation" as a prohibited ground of discrimination in municipal anti-bias bylaws and -- especially --- in provincial and territorial human rights codes.

See Victories and defeats for the story to 1982, by when Quebec was the only province to have amended its human rights law (in Dec 1977). For the record, here's when other provinces and territories did so -- or, despite inaction by their governments, had sexual orientation "read into" their human rights laws by court decisions based on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1985

1986

1987

1989

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

End of the story of sexual orientation protection in federal / constitutional law -- two months shy of 25 years since "We Demand." See Other rights in law for later developments in related areas.


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Victories & defeats: A gay and lesbian chronology 1964-1982

What we demanded; What we got (Summary on Federal human rights protection)