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15 May 2020

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia : A Time for Showing Support, Friendship and Love

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On the occasion of the 18th edition of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the MNA representing Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne and Leader of the Official Opposition, Ms. Dominique Anglade, and the MNA representing Westmount—Saint-Louis and Official Opposition Critic for LGBTQ2 Community Rights, Ms. Jennifer Maccarone, want to underscore the importance of this day and show their support to the LGBTQ2 community.

The MNA representing Westmount—Saint-Louis believes that this day is a symbolic moment for Quebec society to celebrate love and respect, and to show its solidarity with LGBTQ2 communities. Ms. Maccarone also recalls that in spite of the work that still needs to be done, Quebec is nonetheless one of the most advanced societies in the world when it comes to LGBTQ2 rights, and that is something we should be proud of.

She also wanted to draw attention to and participate in the “Family Support is Essential” campaign organized by Fondation Émergence. She reminded that the support of loved ones is such a fundamental part of humans’ development and fulfillment. That is particularly true for LGBTQ2 people, for whom self-affirmation is so important.

She invites Quebecers to contact LGBTQ2 people in their circles to show them their support, friendship and love.

On May 17th, 2020, let’s recall the importance and the richness of the diversity that guides our society, but above all let’s reiterate the fact that Quebec has always been an ally of the LGBTQ2 community. On my behalf and on behalf of the entire Quebec Liberal Party, we will continue on as we have always done and actively campaign so that together we can build a world that reflects us, an inclusive world where everyone can express themselves and live their identities to the fullest.

–Dominique Anglade, Leader of the Official Opposition and MNA representing Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne.

Support and love from those around us are crucial, and there are still too many families ripped apart by prejudice pertaining to the sexual orientation or gender identity of one of their own. I call on you every day, but today in particular, to tell LGBTQ2 people you know that you love them exactly as they are!

–Jennifer Maccarone, MNA representing Westmount—Saint-Louis and Official Opposition Critic for LGBTQ2 Community Rights

For a long time, the Quebec Liberal Party has been an ally to sexually and gender diverse communities. Recall that in June 2016, it adopted the Act to Strengthen the Fight Against Transphobia and to Improve the Situation of Transgender Minors in Particular, that it amended the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms to include explicit protection against discrimination based on gender identity or expression. It also published 2017-2022 Government Action Plan against Homophobia and Transphobia.