An LGBTQ social organization for people working in the broader legal community is holding its first event this Friday in Toronto.
Ontario Crown attorney Eadit Rokach, who co-founded the group Wildfire — “Lighting up LGBTQ+legal culture” — with court clerk Laila Azizi, says she’s hoping the event gets enough interest to lead to a next event, probably in May.
“We haven’t booked [the events] yet, but what we’re trying to do is have four a year,” she says. “One per season is the goal and for each event we will have a different beneficiary of our donations.”
At this first event there will be guest speakers along with hors d’oeuvres and a photo booth. Rokach says she’s also planned to have, and be one of, six “animators” who are in charge of inviting people and getting the conversation flowing.
“It’s a social organization that brings people together while raising funds [and] one that brings all people within the legal profession together,” she says. “We really want to bring as many people together from the legal community in hopes to have [them] get to know each other and cross boundaries.”
Rokach says that while there are legal organizations, there aren’t ones like Wildfire that focus on the LGBTQ+ community for lawyers, police officers, court clerks, reporters and court officers.
“We thought it would be a good way to get people together because in the legal community there is definitely an LGBTQ+ presence, but there’s not something that brings everyone together.”
The event takes place at Stori Aperitivo Bar and tickets are $20. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, an organization that works to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Canada. Helen Kennedy, executive director of Egale Canada, and Ontario Court Justice Harvey Brownstone are the guest speakers for the evening.