Monday, October 27, 2008

Michelle Douglas

Human rights activist

Born in 1963; studied and works in Ottawa.

Graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1985.

Fought a landmark legal challenge around lesbian and gay rights to serve in the Canadian military; an officer with a distinguished career in the Canadian Armed Forces, she was dismissed from the military in 1989 as being "Not Advantageously Employable Due to Homosexuality".

Launched a court challenge of her dismissal from the military.

Before proceeding to trial, the Canadian military abandoned its discriminatory policy against gays and lesbians and settled the case in 1992. This ended Canada's policy of discrimination against gays and lesbians in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Founding president of the Foundation for Equal Families.

Chair of the Canadian Board of Directors of Free the Children.

Speaker at the World Outgames Conference to be held in Copenhagen in 2009.

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