Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 17, 2018
(OTTAWA) – Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands), released this statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia:

“It’s hard to believe that less than 30 years ago the World Health Organization continued to classify homosexuality as a disease. Important steps have been taken in recognizing the rights of the LGBTQ2 communities, but we have many more miles to walk before a genuine cultural shift takes place.

“Last year Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a historic apology for how the Canadian state systematically rejected and oppressed LGBT Canadians. Along with acknowledging the harm done at home, the Canadian government and individual Canadians alike must support the international LGBTQ2 community who, too often, endure mistreatment and discrimination. President Trump’s attack on the transgender community highlights the precarious nature of the gains that have been made.

“I am proud the Green Party was the first federal party to demand that our marriage laws stop denying same sex couples their rights. As the first party to have an openly gay leader, Chris Lea, we were years ahead of other parties in calling for law reform to enable same sex marriage.

“On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Canadians should stand united against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and prejudice and bigotry in all its many forms.”