Justin Trudeau took part in a special ceremony to mark Pride Month this week.
The Canadian Prime Minister has been a strong supporter of LGBT+ rights throughout his career, and that looks set to continue as he’s now vowed to erase convictions made under historic anti-gay laws.
New legislation – expected later this year – will make it possible to remove past convictions for Canadians who were found guilty under what the PM called “unjust laws” for engaging in sexual activity with a same-sex partner.
Trudeau said: “Our government believes in equality and equal treatment for all Canadians.
“That is why we are moving forward on legislation that makes it possible to erase the convictions of Canadians who were unjustly convicted of a crime – simply for who they were, or who they loved.”
Other legislation being considered would ban discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression.
Trudeau was joined by his LGBT+ Special Advisor Randy Boissonnault, who encouraged Canadians to celebrate the progression made towards equality but remember the
He said: “Today our government announced another vital step in addressing the painful history of discrimination against the LGBTQ2 communities.
“As Pride season commences, Canadians will honour the many victories over the forces of exclusion, intolerance, and hate. We will also soberly acknowledge that there are many challenges still to overcome.
“I invite all Canadians to join in remembering the past, celebrating our progress, and working towards a better future.”
Trudeau also celebrated Pride Month by raising the rainbow flag and transgender flag above Parliament Hill for a second year. The Pride flag was raised for the first time in Canada’s history by Trudeau on 1 June 2016.
— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) June 14, 2017
Scott Brison, a Canadian MP from Nova Scotia, shared photos of the moment and wrote: “LGBTQ2 rights are human rights. Proud to stand with Justin Trudeau today to mark Pride Month.”
— Scott Brison (@scottbrison) June 14, 2017
Meanwhile, over in the United States, it was revealed that President Donald Trump had no plans to make a proclamation honouring Pride Month, breaking Barack Obama’s eight year run of acknowledging the LGBT+ celebrations.