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CUPE Ontario has a proud tradition of fighting for equality for all members, and as a union we have pioneered many advances in LGBTQ rights.

Our union was the first in Canada to use collective bargaining to advance LGBTQ rights. We challenged the definition of “spouse” in court and won, opening the door for same-sex spousal benefits for all Canadians. We supported member Martine Stonehouse in her landmark case that resulted in gender reassignment surgery being relisted by OHIP. And we actively campaign for legislation such as “Toby’s Law,” which extends human rights protections to transgender people.

Through political action and collective bargaining, our union has made important strides for LGBTQ rights for our workers, our communities and for everyone in Canada. It is a tradition we are continuing, and in this, our 51st year, we encourage all members to participate in your local pride events and make 2014 a summer of CUPE pride.


This year, millions will come to Toronto for World Pride. Join your CUPE Ontario sisters and brothers in our biggest contingent ever!

Friday, June 27th – Trans March

Saturday, June 28th – Dyke March

Sunday, June 29th – Pride Parade

CUPE’s float is fully accessible. For those using assistive devices there will be a ramp provided at the beginning and end of the parade to get on and off the float. To use the ramp, please meet the float team at 11:30 at staging area 58 on Rosedale Valley Rd. If you have any questions please contact CUPE Ontario at 905-739-9739.