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Gatineau, Jun 13 (Canadian-Media): A statement was issued by Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth to welcome the Pride season in Canada, Media reports said.
Bardish Chagger. Image credit: Twitter handle
Welcoming the beginning of Pride season in Canada, Chagger said this is the right time to celebrate the resilience, spirit, and presence of LGBTQ2 people in communities across this nation.
Canadians will celebrate Pride throughout the summer in new ways through virtual events from coast to coast to coast, "to celebrate and share the values of perseverance and solidarity that have been intrinsic to LGBTQ2 movements since the first Canadian LGBTQ2 rights protests in 1971," said Chagger.
Solidarity has always been essential to making progress across communities on protecting, human rights, said Chagger.
Advancement of LGBTQ2 rights is the work that began with the courage of Black and racialized trans women, who triggered the Stonewall Riots in 1969.
This movement was followed by many others to sustain anti-oppression movements, including individuals in small towns, Two-Spirit elders, gay and lesbian baby boomers, and youth, who infuse the movement with new visions for equality.
COVID-19's impact on LGBTQ2 communities have made them face heightened challenges due to unwelcoming or unsafe home settings, insecure employment, and barriers to accessing mental and physical health services.
With its commitment to better serving LGBTQ2 Canadians, government of Canada is building a society where everyone has equal rights and opportunities for success.
"As Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, and on behalf of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, I encourages Canadians to take part in virtual celebrations this Pride season to honour and reflect upon the contributions and visibility of LGBTQ2 communities in all aspects of Canadian society, and recognize that diversity and inclusion strengthen our country, making it more vibrant and compassionate, said Chagger.