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CANADA

Male to Male relationships: Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Age of consent: Different for heterosexuals and homosexuals
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: Recognized on national level
Is it possible to change your gender on official documents?: Only in some areas
Gay or lesbian able to serve in the armed forces: Yes

Your Views

Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.

Are you religious? If so do you have a religious community in CANADA? How have they reacted to your sexual orientation or gender orientation?

The majority of people visiting this site have said I am out, and the community condemns me

I am not out at my religious community (25%) I am out, and the community tries to change me against my will (0 %) I am out, and the community condemns me (33%) I am out, and I have no problems in my religious community (33%) I do not have a religious community, but I want one (8%)

The Your Stories section is all about you! Please take a minute to tell visitors of the ILGA website about what LGBTI life is like in reality. Please submit your personal story and share your experience!

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Readers Experiences

This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in CANADA...
(user currently living in CANADA) posted for lesbian readers on 10/02/2011 +5
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I was in the Mall tonight with my girlfriend. I live in Ontario. We were standing out of the way of the mall traffic and she had her hands on my side about three inches above my hips, we were about a foot away from each other. A security guard then approached and told us to separate and sit down if we need to talk. I do not see the issue with this when there's straight couples sticking their tongues down each others throats like 10 feet away from us! I found the situation so wrong.
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(user currently living in CANADA) posted for lesbian readers on 10/02/2011 +5
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I was in the Mall tonight with my girlfriend. I live in Ontario. We were standing out of the way of the mall traffic and she had her hands on my side about three inches above my hips, we were about a foot away from each other. A security guard then approached and told us to separate and sit down if we need to talk. I do not see the issue with this when there's straight couples sticking their tongues down each others throats like 10 feet away from us! I found the situation so wrong.
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Sometimes the best action is no action;other times the best action is teaching by example. If one is oppressive then one is oppressed. Do we fight, do we flight? Out the oppressor if you want to be Out; report the security guard, write an editorial, publicize the employer. It may make no difference then again it may. Recommended reading: Long Walk to Freedom (Nelson Mendela biography). Recommended film; The Accused (based on a true story)
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