For the record: Justin Trudeau on homophobia, transphobia and biphobia

‘Everyone deserves to live free of stigma, persecution, and discrimination’: Trudeau

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Same-sex marriage supporter Vin Testa, of Washington, DC, waves a rainbow pride flag near the Supreme Court, April 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. On Tuesday the Supreme Court will hear arguments concerning whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, with decisions expected in June. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia:

“Today, I join Canadians – and people around the world – to recognize the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.

“Everyone deserves to live free of stigma, persecution, and discrimination – no matter who they are or whom they love. Today is about ensuring that all people – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity – feel safe and secure, and empowered to freely express themselves.

“On this important day, I encourage all Canadians to raise awareness, and mobilize to end the violence, prejudice, and judgement faced by LGBTQ2 persons.

“As a society, we have taken many important steps toward recognizing and protecting the legal rights for the LGBTQ2 community – from enshrining equality rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the passage of the Civil Marriage Act. There remains much to be done, though. Far too many people still face harassment, discrimination, and violence for being who they are. This is unacceptable.

“To do its part, the Government of Canada today will introduce legislation that will help ensure transgender and other gender-diverse people can live according to their gender identity, free from discrimination, and protected from hate propaganda and hate crimes.

“Today, let us unite in a global celebration of diversity, and reaffirm our commitment to unequivocally defend LGBTQ2 rights as human rights. We will never stop fighting for a safer, more equal, and more just world for all of our children.”


For the record: Justin Trudeau on homophobia, transphobia and biphobia

  1. Once you start granting all kinds of rights to bisexuals, everyone gets screwed.

  2. Once you start granting unlimited rights to bisexuals, everyone gets screwed.

  3. I’m all for equal rights, that’s equal rights, not special rights for any one

    • 1Rockcut I agree this cherry picking just cost tax payers money and makes lawyers happy.

  4. I wish people, including the Prim Minister, would learn the basics of the English language and accept divergence of opinion.

    From Wikipedia:

    A phobia (from the Greek: φόβος, phóbos, meaning “fear” or “morbid fear”) is an intense and persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, animals, or people. The main symptom of this disorder is the excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared stimulus. When the fear is beyond one’s control, and if the fear is interfering with daily life, then a diagnosis under one of the anxiety disorders can be made.

    Most people do not have a, an ‘intense and persistent fear’ of LBGTQ individuals. That one does not condone their lifestyle does not make one homophobic.

    The word Homophobia first appeared in print in 1969 has become a word exploited by those with who have an explicit pro-gay agenda to attack anyone who is in disagreement with them [rather than using it in the true meaning of the word]. Their typical use of the word is, in fact, bigotry.

    Again, from Wikipedia:

    A bigot is a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices. The correct use of the term requires the elements of obstinacy, irrationality, and animosity toward those of differing devotion. The origin of the word bigot and bigoterie in English dates back to at least 1598, via Middle French, and started with the sense of “religious hypocrite”. Forms of bigotry may have a related ideology or world views.

    Most Canadians are neither obstinate nor intolerant. Simple belief, expression of opinion or disagreement with others does not constitute a phobia nor bigotry.

  5. Stop this cherry picking protect everyone. This crap only makes lawyers happy.

  6. so is everybody who does not agree and celebrate sexual confusion a “phobic”?
    and what kind of “identity” behaviour will Turdeau next legislate on?

  7. Wait for it. Sharia law is coming, mark my words. This county is f####d. Kathleen Wynne is selling Ontario down the river and no one gives a sh#t. Everyone is so memorized by this useless excuse for a PM. Why…He’s done absolutely nothing except give money away to foreign dictators and tripled the national deficit all in the matter of six months. He’s turned his back on the military, particularly the vets, and is going to turn the nation into a population of drug addicts. This is what you get when you turn the reigns of the country over to the Laurentian Elite.

  8. Sexuality does not form an identity outside of the consenting sexual partners. Gender also does not form an identity outside of a complementary gender. It is a moot point that sexuality and gender should factor into employment.

    However, since we are allowing civil marriages for LGBT, the government is on track to disregard complement in gender identity — to complete what it has started, it would be more consistent to report one’s possession of Y chromosome, present or absent.

    The continued use of the ‘phobia’ terminology in this discourse is in danger of venturing into hyperbole.

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