Aug 28, 2022

By Angus Gillespie

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Canada is pledging $100 million to fund what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is touting as the country’s first federal five-year plan to support L-G-B-T-Q communities.

Trudeau says 75 per cent of the funding will go toward community organizations focused on diversity and inclusion.

The news comes on the last day of Pride celebrations in Ottawa, which is wrapping up with the first in-person parade after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Marci Ien, minister of women and gender equality, welcomed the action plan alongside Trudeau, saying the funds are for “all of those people who are fighting to be heard and accepted.”

Through the comprehensive plan, the government is pledging to study emerging criminal justice issues such as HIV non-disclosure and more inclusivity to combat discrimination.

The issues were raised as concerns from members of the LGBTQ2S+ community during the years-long consultation process.

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