Why we're taking on homophobia in Canada's healthcare system

Published: May 12, 2010

Why we’re taking on homophobia in Canada’s healthcare system

In February 2009, I — along with five others — filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) against Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). All of us have worked extensively in our communities addressing the broad range of health issues that exist, often as a result of homophobia.

Health Canada claims to be "responsible for helping the people of Canada maintain and improve their health" while PHAC claims they are "committed to reducing health disparities between the most advantaged and disadvantaged Canadians," but both seem unwilling to assume their responsibility and commitment when it comes to the health of queer Canadians.

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