Egale Canada was founded in 1995, and is Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, and Two Spirit (LGBTQI2S) human rights. Egale works to improve the lives of LGBTQI2S people in Canada and to enhance the global response to LGBTQI2S issues by informing public policy, inspiring cultural change, and promoting human rights and inclusion through research, education, and community engagement.
Egale’s vision is a Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and all other forms of oppression so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.
One of the equity cases that Egale helped bring before the Supreme Court was Same Sex Marriage. On July 20, 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world, and the first country outside of Europe, to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act.