Search Resources (English): Lesbian rights

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Silent no more: making health and social services accessible to lesbians: research report summary  
http://rqasf.qc.ca/files/resume_lesb_anglais.pdf

Provides a summary of research looking at the barriers lesbians face when trying to access health and/or social services in Quebec. Includes a list of recommendations aimed at making health and social services accessible to all lesbians.

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Published: 2003
Recognition of lesbian couples: an inalienable right  
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/pubs/pubspr/0662312813/index_e.html

Provides a critical analysis of incrementalist strategy and the formal equality approach as applied to the legal recognition of same-sex couples in Canada.

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Published: 2002
The impact of relationship recognition on lesbian women in Canada: still separate and only somewhat "equivalent"  
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/pubs/pubspr/0662659406/index_e.html

Evaluates how the fact of relationship recognition affects lesbian and gay couples in terms of their legal, economic and social status.

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Published: 2001
Advocacy for women's health should include lesbian health  
http://caliban.ingentaselect.com/vl=1644263/cl=75/nw=1/rpsv/cw/mal/15409996/v13n2/s13/p227
States that established scientific studies are often not reflected in laws and judicial opinions for lesbians with regard to employment, taxation, pensions, disability, healthcare, immigration, military service, marriage, custody, and adoption. Finds that psychological and epidemiological research confirms that the public discriminatory attitudes and second-class legal status cause physical, emotional, and financial harm to lesbians, their families, and their children, and that some lesbians experience discrimination in healthcare and avoid routine primary healthcare. Argues that to decrease the harm, and improve the health of lesbians, medical institutions can include sexual orientation and gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies and offer domestic partner coverage in employment benefits. (See Details)
Published: 2004
Queering bathrooms: gender, sexuality and the hygenic imagination  
http://www.utppublishing.com/Queering-Bathrooms-Gender-Sexuality-and-the-Hygienic-Imagination.html

The intersection of public washrooms and gender has become increasingly politicized in recent years: queer and trans folk have been harassed for allegedly using the 'wrong' washroom, while widespread campaigns have advocated for more gender-neutral facilities. Cavanagh explores how public toilets demarcate the masculine and the feminine and condition ideas of gender and sexuality. Based on 100 interviews with GLBT and/or intersex peoples in major North American cities, the author delves into the ways that queer and trans communities challenge the rigid gendering and heteronormative composition of public washrooms. She argues that the cultural politics of excretion is intimately related to the regulation of gender and sexuality and asserts that although toilets are not typically considered within traditional scholarly bounds, they form a crucial part of our modern understanding of sex and gender.

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Published: 2010
We are family  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1989_Healthsharing_Vol_10_No_4_Fall.pdf

This article shares the story of a lesbian couple denied coverage with OHIP. Discusses the importance of access to health care. Redefines "family". 

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Published: 1989