Sher Vancouver launches new legal resource for LGBTQ+ people in Metro Vancouver

SHER Vancouver on Wednesday launched a new legal resource for LGBTQ+ people on its official website.

The legal resource information is made up of the following three downloadable PDF documents:

1. LGBTQ+ Friendly Lawyer Referrals

2. Information on Human Rights and Discrimination

3. Safe Countries for LGBTQ+ Travellers

Most of the lawyers are well known for work in the LGBTQ+ community, while others were referred by word of mouth.

The legal resource was a project of Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) – UBC Chapter.  Law students Janice Lu and Adil Altan Ahmed worked on the project under the guidance of lawyer supervisor Guida Heir. 

The PDF on Human Rights and Discrimination include the following summary of topics:

· “Sexual Orientation” AND “Gender Identity or Expression”

· Defining Discrimination: The Law in Canada

· Protection from Discrimination in Canada and British Columbia

· Canadian Human Rights Act

· British Columbia Human Rights Code

· Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

· Employment Equity Act

· Marriages

· Common Law Relationships

· Spousal Sponsorship

· Adoptions

“Legal information and especially culturally sensitive immigration and refugee lawyers who can speak and understand various languages has always been one of the greatest needs of our membership.  We are very fortunate to work with Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) – UBC Chapter to provide this valuable and critical information to our members and the LGBTQ+ community,” said Sher Vancouver Founder Alex Sangha. 

You can check out this new Sher Vancouver legal resource at