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PurposeAdvocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual immigration equality
  • 1170 Bute Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1Z6

LEGIT (Lesbian and Gay Immigration Task Force) is a Canadian organization founded in 1991 that advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual immigration equality and provides immigration information to same-sex couples.[1][2][3]

The group led some of the first legal challenges to Canada's immigration laws related to same sex relationships, including a legal challenge to the denial of the immigration application of an Irish-American woman in a relationship with Canadian Christine Morrissey.[2][4]

In the early 2000s, LEGIT representatives, including Christine Morrissey, advocated for same-sex inclusive immigration laws in policy creation proceedings, contributing to Canada expanding its immigration laws to be inclusive of immigration of lesbian and gay families .[2][4][5][6]

LEGIT continues to be a national, volunteer-run organization based in Vancouver. It provides information to same-sex couples where one partner is not a Canadian, or both partners are not Canadians and they wish to migrate to Canada.[4][7]


  1. Nolen, S. (7 April 1999). "Why gay couples must flee to Canada: Marriage guarantees someone from abroad a future in the U.S. But if you're gay, you'll have to leave". The Globe and Mail.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 LaVoilette, N. (1 October 2004). "Coming out to Canada: the immigration of same-sex couples under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act". McGill Law Journal. 49 – via Gale Academic OneFile.
  3. Foss, K. (8 June 2002). "Immigration grey areas ensnare gay couple". The Globe and Mail.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Carman, T (1 July 2015). "Activist crusades to open Canada's doors to LGBTQ refugees". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2 January 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. Rossi, C. (18 May 2005). "Watchdog group keeping same-sex immigration LEGIT". Vancouver Courier.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. Wilms, M. (2005). "Canadian Immigration Law & Same-Sex Partners". Canadian Issues: 17–20.
  7. Woo, A. (19 February 2010). "Speaking at Pride House is historic, bittersweet moment for Tewksbury; Decorated Olympic swimmer and gay athlete hopes pavilion creates awareness". The Vancouver Sun.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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