May 17, 2016
By Jane Brown
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada must do more to fight homophobia and transphobia.
So today, on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the federal government will table a bill to extend human-rights protections to transgender Canadians.
Previous attempts at passing such a bill at the federal level have been unsuccessful, but Trudeau says this measure is overdue.
“We must continue to demand true equality, we must carry on the legacy of those who fought for justice by being bold and ambitious in our actions, and we must work diligently to close the gap between our principals and our reality,” Trudeau commented as he received an award in Montreal named after Laurent McCutcheon, a longtime gay-rights activist.
Trudeau also noted that gay men still cannot donate blood in Canada.
Trudeau’s father, the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, was responsible for decriminalizing homosexuality in Canada, and received the same award posthumously in 2005.