Coalition For Gay Rights In Ontario
Organization profile published 1984
Year Published:  1984
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2989

The COALITION FOR GAY RIGHTS IN ONTARIO (CGRO), founded in 1975, has grown to include over 30 member groups and hundreds of individual members from across the province. CGRO has organizaed meetings, talks, rallies and demos, and published leaflets, booklets and press releases to ensure that the public "has access to genuine information about the real issues for lesbians and gay men." A grassroots organizer assists groups in smaller communities across the province.

CGRO has submitted three briefs to the Ontario legislature in support of the inclusion of protection of the rights of lesbians and gay men in the Ontario Human Rights Code. One of these briefs is The Ontario Human Rights Omission) availabe for $3.50). Described in the 32-page brief are some of the murders, beatings, incidents of discrimination and harassment which have occurred "in a de facto campaign of terror against lesbians and gay men. By their silence, politicians have given tacit support to a double standard in law enforment which encourages acts of suppression, denial of basic civil rights and the intimidation of gay victims of crime and violence... Employers and landlords have arbitrarily dismissed or evicted gay employees or tenants." Yet in spite of support from major churches, labour, business, medical and social service professionals, human rights commissioners, and the majority of Canadians polled by Gallup in 1977, gays and lesbians continue to be denied basic human rights protection in Ontario.

This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1984.

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