Gays and Lesbians: A Guide to Legal Rights

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The rights of gays and lesbians have progressed over time. Same-sex couples and same-sex parents … these expressions are now part of everyday life.

But changes in the law haven’t always stopped discrimination and bullying at work, school and elsewhere.

What are the rights of gays and lesbians when it comes to being in a couple or starting a family? And what about remedies for discrimination and bullying?

Éducaloi's guide answers questions you might have.


Same-Sex Couples

In Quebec, couples of all sexual orientations can chose between various kinds of relationships.

For information on separation, divorce and spousal support, see our section Separation and Divorce.


Same-Sex Parents

The law recognizes several ways for homosexuals to become parents. Here is a look at the some of them.

For information on living arrangements and financial support for children when parents break up, see our section Separation and Divorce.


Discrimination and Harassment

Like other groups of people, homosexuals are sometimes the target of discrimination and harassment. The law provides protections against this kind of behaviour.

To learn more, see our article about remedies for discrimination (French only) or the outside links on the right side of this page.


Bullying and Youth

Many young Quebecers are victims of bullying based on sexual orientation. Éducaloi’s Youth Zone has legal information about bullying.


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Learn more by reading our article on this topic

Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else

When patients cannot make medical decisions on their own, someone else can make these decisions for them. These people can include a partner (married, civil union or common-law).

Learn more by reading our article on this topic.