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Pride and Protest: A Celebration or Fight for Rights?

In celebration of National Coming Out Day, (October 11th), this free webinar explores human rights and advocacy issues that are currently facing 2SLGBTQ+ communities in Canada. It examines the heightened levels of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, interpersonal and structural racism, intimate-partner violence, and other forms of violence facing queer, trans and non-binary communities. It also looks at how aspects of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, particularly those that guarantee our fundamental freedoms, often come into conflict when addressing human rights issues in Canada.

Webinar date and time: Thursday, October 20th, 3:30 p.m. EST

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Funded by The Law Foundation of Ontario.

Speaker’s bio:

Justin Khan (he/him) is a community-focused lawyer and organizer, as well as an Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (ID&E) professional. He is currently the Canada Manager of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity at Dentons Canada. He is responsible for managing the firm’s Canadian ID&E portfolios across each of the country’s six offices, and collaborates closely with the global diversity team to advance ID&E across each of the firm’s 200+ locations.

Prior to joining Dentons, Justin was the Director of Public Interest and Legal Initiatives at The 519, Canada’s largest 2SLGBTQ+ community centre. He successfully launched The 519 Legal Clinic, one of the country’s first community legal clinics for queer, trans and non-binary individuals, as well as a number of innovative legal and anti-violence programs. He was also responsible for overseeing the organization’s education and training and communications departments, and played a role in leading The 519’s advocacy work. Justin also previously worked at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, where he managed the Law in Action Within Schools program, a youth justice education program that works directly with inner-city and marginalized youth who face barriers to accessing post-secondary education. Justin is currently on the Board of Directors at the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity and is serving on the National Council of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.


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