A House Divided: Pathways of Remediation for the LGBTQ2+ Community and Law Enforcement

Topics: Access to Justice, Corporate Legal, Government, Law Firms, LGBT Leadership, LGBTQ, On-Demand Webinars


The Thomson Reuters Institute is proud to announce OutLaws 2020, an eight-part thought leadership webinar series devoted to advancing international LGBTQ2+ access to justice. Our second installment addresses the complex relationship between law enforcement and the LGBTQ2+ community in modern society.

Between 2010 and 2017, Toronto’s Gay Village was the site of one of the worst serial killing sprees in Canadian history. As details of Bruce McArthur’s activities came to light, many in the LGBTQ2+ community expressed outrage over the way law enforcement handled investigations surrounding the events.  Divisions between the LGBTQ2+ community and law enforcement deepened when, in 2016, the decision was made not to allow uniformed LGBTQ2+ police service members to march in Toronto’s annual Pride Parade. These events have added fuel to a lengthy history of contention between the two groups.  This conversation offers a comprehensive look at how prominent organizations are working to repair community relations and help restore a more cohesive and perfect union.

Hugo Greenhalgh
LGBT+ EditorThomson Reuters Foundation

Joe CoutoDirector, Government Relations and Communications, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police
Marcus McCannLawyer, Millard & Company LLP
Shakir Rahim, Criminal Defence Lawyer
Patty Retsinas, Police Officer, Toronto Police Service

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Please consider accessing our other OutLaws 2020 webinars:

On the Basis of Sex: LGBTQ Employment Rights at a Crossroads – Part I
Taken: Exposing Global LGBTQ Human Trafficking – Part III
Fellow Travelers: Encouraging LGBTQ Self-Identification in the Workplace – Part IV
Original Sin: Religiosity, Same-Sex Desire & Institutionalized Homophobia – Part V
Spectacular Bodies: Privacy, Public Identity & LGBTQ2+ Personality – Part VI
Building Bridges: Supporting Transition in the Workplace – Part VII
Becoming: Supporting the Transgender Journey – Part VIII