May 17, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:
“On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Canada stands with everyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit [LGBTQ2] or intersex. In Canada, we are working to create an inclusive society where everyone can feel safe and have their most fundamental rights protected.
“Canada has been honoured to play a leading role in global LGBTQ2 and intersex advocacy efforts over the past two years as co-chair of the Equal Rights Coalition along with Chile, and we are looking forward to working with the United Kingdom and Argentina, the incoming co-chairs. Canada is fortunate to be able to count on a vibrant LGBTQ2 and intersex community, including strong civil society organizations that have been at the heart of the progress made in the country in regards to LGBTQ2 and intersex rights.
“Too many countries continue to introduce or retain laws and policies that actively discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit and intersex persons. We categorically reject any claims that such laws and practices can be justified. Today and every day, Canada condemns all forms of intolerance against LGBTQ2 individuals and communities worldwide.
“We applaud the countries that have enacted legislation that protects the rights of LGBTQ2 and intersex people and have put in place progressive human rights agendas. On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Canada reaffirms its commitment to promoting respect for the equal rights and inherent dignity of all persons.”