Welcome to the the Library's Research Guide for LGBTQ+ Studies.
Marriage: In 2005, Canada legalized same-sex marriage by enacting the Civil Marriage Act. This led to amendments to other statutes granting same-sex couples equal access not only to the civil effects of marriage, but also to those of divorce.
While they are an integral part of the LGBTQ community, transgender people may face issues and challenges quite different from those pertaining to sexual orientation. Being transgender concerns one’s gender identity – a person’s profound sense, independent of biological sex, of being male or female.
As for queer individuals, they do not necessarily feel that they belong to a particular category of “gender” or “sexual orientation.” They feel that there is a broad continuum of possible identities that could change over one’s lifetime. One of their aims is to make everyday language less restrictive and to make greater use of gender-neutral terms.
(Source: Library of Parliament)