Finalization of the LGBT Purge Class Action proceedings

On November 23, 2021 at 09:30 a.m., there will be a Federal Court of Canada hearing on matters relating to the LGBT Purge Class Action lawsuit (Todd Ross et al v. Her Majesty the Queen). Lawyers who represent the plaintiffs and the LGBT Purge Fund (Cambridge LLP) will be in court, as will lawyers representing the government. The class action proceedings are being finalized. Details of the proceedings will be sent to class members by their lawyers. It will be possible to watch the proceedings by Zoom link. You can register in advance at this link.

Advisory Council announced for CMHR exhibition on the LGBT Purge

We are delighted to share details of the Advisory Council, which has just been created to support a major project at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Co-chaired by delegates from the CMHR and the LGBT Purge Fund, the Council will guide the development of a major temporary exhibition due to open in 2024, a travelling exhibition, a long-term exhibit in the CMHR core galleries and programs and online content.

The members of the Advisory Council are:

Ex-officio: Michelle Douglas. LGBT Purge Fund Executive Director, Purge survivor, former Canadian Armed Forces officer. Ottawa. Co-chair: Douglas Elliott. LGBT Purge Fund board member, class action lead lawyer. Elliot [...]

LGBT Purge Fund releases “Emerging from the Purge: The State of LGBTQI2S Inclusion in the Federal Workplace and Recommendations for Improvement”

OTTAWA (May 17, 2021) – Today, on this International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), and in recognition of the thousands of LGBT federal employees who were abused over 50 years during the LGBT Purge, the LGBT Purge Fund has released a new report, Emerging from the Purge: The State of LGBTQI2S Inclusion in the Federal Workplace and Recommendations for Improvement.

You can download an abstract of the report here or download the full report here.

The report is the product of a year-long study by subject matter experts from Egale Canada and Fondation Émergence who conducted consultations [...]

“Survivor Stories” launches on YouTube

A new oral history project is underway that captures the stories of LGBT Purge Survivors. The “Survivor Stories” series is available on YouTube here and a selection of the videos is below.  This collection is ongoing and we encourage survivors of the LGBT Purge to share their stories.

To participate, send an email to:

The LGBT Purge Fund provided a grant to SandBay Entertainment for this project.

Watch the entire collection here on YouTube.

Five finalist teams announced for LGBTQ2+ National Monument

The LGBT Purge Fund is very pleased to see the announcement of the five design teams that will submit designs for Canada’s LGBTQ2+ National Monument in Ottawa.

The five selected design firms clearly represent professional excellence. They have also demonstrated their commitment to diversity, inclusion and implementing the vision of the monument.

The five design proposals will be made for stakeholder and general public viewing and engagement later in 2021.

Here is a link to the government of Canada news release with more details about the design teams and the process.