Trans Inclusion in Feminism was the fifth and final panel in LEAF’s Personhood Speaker Series. It took place on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 7pm to 8:30pm EST.


The Personhood Speaker Series created a space to discuss what makes a ‘person’ and whose voices need centering in conversations about gender equality in 2020 and beyond.


Trans women have historically been excluded from mainstream feminist spaces, and in the Canadian context, from ‘personhood’ and feminist struggle. These painful realities and narratives are shifting, but unevenly so.

At LEAF’s closing event on personhood and gender equality in 2021 and beyond, our speakers explored the feminist intersectional imperative to include all women in feminism, as well as to dream beyond the binary and open up to gender justice for all. Our speakers discussed how they do or don’t take up and inhabit feminism and feminist struggle as part of their identities and work – and why.

The panel featured Florence Ashley, Transfeminine Jurist and Bioethicist; Tatiana Ferguson, Equity and Inclusion Leader and Founding Member of the Black Queer Youth Collective; and Morgane Oger, Community Organizer and Founder of the Morgane Oger Foundation. Brea Hutchinson, LEAF’s Director of Operations, moderated the discussion.

This panel discussion was not recorded.


This program was accredited by the Law Society of Ontario and contains 1 hour and 30 minutes of EDI Professionalism content. For Nova Scotia lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

The funds raised through LEAF’s Personhood Speaker Series support our work to advance substantive equality rights in Canada through litigation, law reform and education.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this event possible: CUPE National, UFCW Canada, Delaney Capital Management, BMO, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Cavalluzzo, Koskie Minsky LLP, Ontario Nurses’ Association, Goldblatt Partners LLP, The Law Society of Ontario, Stockwoods LLP, Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP, Kastner Lam LLP, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Lerners LLP, AMAPCEO, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) and Madame Premier.