This past weekend, I was proud to participate in the annual Vancouver Pride Parade. We have made great strides in securing legal rights for the LGBTQ2 community in Canada – from enshrining equality rights in the Charter to the passage of the Civil Marriage Act – but the fight to end discrimination is not over and a lot of hard work still needs to be done.
To continue to support LGBTQ2 Canadians our Government has:
- Appointed a Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 issues;
- Passed Bill C-16 to add gender identity as a prohibited ground for discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act; and
- Introduced Bill C-39 which will ensure that all forms of consensual sexual activity are treated the same under the law.
All Canadians should be free to identify themselves and express their gender as they wish, without fear of discrimination and hate. Our Government takes every opportunity to raise important issues related to LGBTQ2 rights in multilateral forums and will continue to do so in close partnership with other governments and civil society organizations.