Family Issues Experienced by LGBTQ Individuals

Every family faces challenges, but families with LGBTQ parents or children face particularly unique ones. Here are some of the most common challenges faced by LGBTQ families in Canada:

Parental Rights

In Canada, when a married couple has a child, they both automatically become legal guardians. However, this assumption does not hold true for same-sex couples in some cases. In some provinces, same-sex partners may not both be listed as legal guardians in cases of sperm donors or artificial insemination.

Paid Parental Leave

Canada offers paid parental leave to eligible parents, however, not all LGBTQ individuals and their partners are eligible for paid family leave in some cases.

Additionally, the eligibility criteria for unpaid family leave under the Employment Insurance program may exclude some LGBTQ parents who are not recognized as legal guardians.

Schools and Education

Bullying is a common challenge faced by LGBTQ students and those with LGBTQ parents. Although anti-bullying laws in Canada protect students based on sexual orientation and gender identity, schools and educational institutions must still take active steps to create inclusive environments.

These are just a few of the challenges faced by LGBTQ families in Canada. If you and your family are facing any challenges, it’s important to seek support from trusted sources.


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