May 17th, 2018

International Day against homophobia, transphobia and Biphobia: Equality has no gender.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made the following statement:

“Every day, in Canada and around the world, people face discrimination, stigma and prejuduce – whether it’s in the street, at school, or at work – solely because of their identity.

On this International Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia, New Democrats are saying loud and clear that gender should not be a barrier to equality and human dignity.

Today, we pay homage to the past and present struggles that are helping move Canada forward as we do all we can to become a world leader in the fight for LGBTQ2S justice.

We honour the tireless efforts of the LGBTQ2S community and advocates, who have the courage to stand up against discrimination.

From Svend Robinson, the first MP to publicly identify himself as homosexual in 1979, to Bill Siksay, the former MP from Burnaby-Douglas, who tabled the first bill prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression.

Though some battles have been won, we continue to fight for LGBTQ2S rights, here and around the world. Unfortunately, there are still many countries where discrimination, persecution and violence against the LGBTQ2+ community is far too common.

Today, and everyday, we recommit ourselves to challenging hate in all its forms.

It takes an act of love to realize we’re all in this together, and courage to dream bigger, and build a world where everyone is able to realize their own self worth