Friday, 04 August 2017 00:49

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls on world leaders to march at Pride

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls on all world leaders to march at Pride.

Trudeau has participated in several Pride events in Canada since his election, bringing his wife and children with him.

They were recently in Halifax where they marched alongside the LGBTQ community. On that occasion he said that he would no longer like it to be remarkable to see a state representative attend a Gay Pride:

"I’ll be the first prime minister to walk in the Pride parade in Halifax, but I’m very much looking forward to getting that over with so there won’t be any more firsts, and that it just be expected that prime ministers, when their schedules allow, march in Pride parades across the country.

"[It’s] not just diversity of backgrounds, but it’s a diversity of everything that makes us different as Canadians and that includes standing up strongly for the rights of the LGBT2Q community."

Trudeau launched last Pride Month by announcing that the Canadian government will introduce a legislation to erase all convictions that LGBT Canadians have suffered in the past because they were gay.

This legislation is expected to be introduced later this year. It echoes the law approved by the New Zealand Parliament which has apologized to the LGBTQ community for all anti-LGBT laws of recent years.

"Our government believes in equality and equal treatment for all Canadians," Trudeau said.

"That is why we are moving forward on legislation that makes it possible to erase the convictions of Canadians who were unjustly convicted of a crime – simply for who they were, or who they loved.

"We will be introducing legislation on this later this year, and further we will acknowledge and apologize for the historical discrimination faced by LGBTQ2 Canadians. We are committed to apologizing in an inclusive and meaningful manner before the end of 2017.

"I believe that it’s essential to make amends for past wrongs, and not to simply gloss over them. Our government believes in equality and equal treatment for all Canadians. We will passionately defend the rights of all our citizens regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

"Homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia are unacceptable. In Canada, we’ve come a long way, but there is still work to be done, both here in Canada and around the world."