Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to offer formal apology to LGBTQ community

Updated On : 20 Nov , 2017 , 08:16 AM
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to offer formal apology to LGBTQ community
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to offer formal apology to LGBTQ community
New Delhi:

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on Monday, announced that his Government will offer a formal apology to LGBTQ community for past injustices they have suffered, and to advance together on the path to equality and inclusion.

"On November 28, the Government will offer a formal apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians in the House - for the persecution & injustices they have suffered, and to advance together on the path to equality & inclusion," Trudeau said on Twitter.

Canadian prime minister's announcement came at a time when Australia after a two-month national postal survey came out "overwhelmingly" in favour of legalizing same-sex marriage, while the Turkish capital Ankara has banned all gay rights functions.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Nov. 15 named Randy Boissonnault as Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited) Issues. The MP from Edmonton Center will develop and coordinate the Canadian government’s LGBT agenda.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be named to this role,” said Boissonnault in a statement. “I will work hard with the prime minister and the LGBTQ2 community to advance and protect their rights and address historical injustices they have endured.”

He was appointed just a day after the Liberal government announced its intentions to repeal Section 159 of the Criminal Code. At present, anal sex is illegal below the age of 18, unless it is between a man and his wife. With the age of consent for sexual activity is 16, many see this law as discriminatory.

Boissonnault will be working with LGBT organizations, including Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, to promote equality for the LGBT community.

“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,” Trudeau said in a statement.

With Input from ANI

First Published : Monday, November 20, 2017 08:10 AM
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