Standing United Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia: OTLA promotes Equality & Acceptance

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. On this day, and everyday, OTLA reaffirms its unwavering commitment to advocating for the rights and dignity of LGBTQIA2S+ individuals. Today, we stand beside all those around the world who face discrimination, violence and prejudice simply because of who they are or who they love.

As trial lawyers dedicated to justice and equality, we recognize that the fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia is ongoing. Despite progress in many regions, LGBTQIA2S+ individuals continue to experience discrimination in employment, housing, healthcare and education. In some countries, their existence has been criminalized and they are persecuted and subject to harsh and unjust laws.

OTLA’s Role and Responsibility

It is our professional and moral responsibility to challenge injustice and work towards a society where every person, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, can live freely and authentically without fear. As legal advocates, we are uniquely positioned to:

  • Promote Legal Protections: Advocate for the implementation and enforcement of anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBTQIA2S+individuals.
  • Be a Voice for Change: As legal professionals we should not underestimate the power and privilege of our position. We must stand for justice and legal protections for all.
  • Educate and Raise Awareness: Educate the public and other legal professionals about the rights of LGBTQIA2S+ individuals and the importance of equality.
  • Collaborate Globally: Partner with international organizations to support global efforts in protecting LGBTQIA2S+ rights and ensuring that human rights standards are upheld everywhere.

A Call to Action

We call on our fellow legal professionals, policymakers and citizens to join us in this important cause. By working together, we can create a world where differences are celebrated, and all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Today, and every day, let us pledge to stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. We must advocate for a future where justice and equality prevail.

Together, we can make a difference. Let us continue to strive for a world where love and identity are never reasons for discrimination, but are embraced as fundamental human rights.

Written by

Jan received her Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Development Studies from Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario in 2005 and her J.D. from Western's Law School in 2009. While attending law school, Jan volunteered with the school's Community Legal Clinic and Pro-Bono Students Canada. She also participated in an international exchange program at ESADE in Barcelona where she studied both International and European Union law.

Before joining Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers, Jan completed her articles at a prominent personal injury firm. She was called to the bar in June 2010.

Jan's personal injury practice is dedicated to medical negligence.

When not practicing law, Jan enjoys travelling, playing soccer and volleyball.