By August 15, 2014TWU

Out On Bay Street and OUTlaws seek intervenor status in Trinity Western University legal dispute

August 15, 2014, Toronto, ON – Out On Bay Street has filed submissions with the Ontario Divisional Court to request intervenor status in Trinity Western University’s (TWU) application to challenge the Law Society of Upper Canada’s decision not to accredit TWU’s proposed law school.

TWU’s Community Covenant Agreement prohibits sexual intimacy outside of heterosexual marriage, which discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students.

Out On Bay Street is joined by the OUTlaws LGBTQ affinity groups from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) and the law schools at the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, and the University of Windsor. Earlier this year, both Out On Bay Street and the OUTlaws made submissions to the Law Society opposing TWU’s accreditation.

Out On Bay Street is a registered non-profit organization that facilitates the professional development of LGBTQ students as they transition through school to career. The organization promotes inclusive, queer-friendly workplaces and professional communities, with a particular focus on law and business.

The motion for leave to intervene will be heard by the Divisional Court on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Out On Bay Street and the OUTlaws are represented by Marlys Edwardh, Vanessa Payne, and Frances Mahon of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, and Paul Jonathan Saguil, Chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity section (SOGIC) of the Ontario Bar Association.


For more information, please contact:
Douglas Judson
Director, Board of Directors
Out On Bay Street
Phone: 416-628-3146

Motion Materials for the Divisional Court (filed August 15, 2014):
Motion Record

Submissions to the Law Society of Upper Canada (submitted March 2014):
Out On Bay Street