Government of Canada working with Pride Toronto to improve safety of LGBTQ2 communities
“For too long, the LGBTQ2 community has encountered injustice from various institutions in our society. The fact is, we must do better. Together, with Pride Toronto, our Government is committed to supporting safer, more resilient LGBTQ2 communities. We know that when we remove barriers to success and make our communities safe and welcoming places to live, every Canadian benefits.”
- The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“Nearly 50 years ago, Canada adopted a law decriminalizing homosexuality. This decision was a pivotal moment in the ongoing work to advance LGBTQ2 rights and equality in Canada. Today, we are proud to support the efforts of organizations like Pride Toronto, who is celebrating the spirit of this important anniversary and the continued work towards equal rights that ensued.”
- The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
“Pride Toronto has been working on ways to partner with community agencies to develop collaborative approaches to addressing the community safety concerns of LGBTQ2+ communities. This initiative will help us devise a roadmap to better understand how we address the concerns we have heard over many years. We are thankful to the federal government for their pledge of support, which will help us start to improve safety in LGBTQ2+ communities.”
- Olivia Nuamah, Executive Director, Pride Toronto
Recent studies report that LGBTQ2 adults and youth disproportionately face hardships that are risk factors for criminal offending and victimization. Some of these factors include higher rates of poverty, overrepresentation in the youth homeless population, and overrepresentation in the foster care system. Despite these risk factors, there is a lack of study and available data on LGBTQ2 people who come into contact with the criminal justice system as offenders or as victims (Woods, Jordan Blair. LGBT Identity and Crime, 105 California Law Review. 667 (2017)).
Pride Toronto is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to bring people together to celebrate the history, courage and diversity of the LGBTQ2+ community.
In 1969, the Government of Canada passed an omnibus bill decriminalizing private sexual acts between same-sex persons over the age of 21. The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality.
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