OTTAWA -- On May 17, 1990 homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organization’s list of mental disorders. In 2003, Fondation Émergence created the first national day against homophobia, and in 2014 added transphobia to the name of the day. This year’s campaign draws attention to online violence: cyberhomophobia and cybertransphobia.
“While Canada has taken important steps over the last 30 years to recognize the rights of the LGBTQ+ communities, we must remain vigilant,” said Green Party Leader Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). “Cyberbullying is violence that can cause immeasurable harm to victims. LGBTQ+ youth are particularly vulnerable to these because they interact on social media platforms. Schools must provide a confidential support system for students who want to seek help.”
Around the world, many countries continue to persecute and discriminate against those in the LGBTQ+ communities. A March report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) identifies six UN member states that impose the death penalty for consensual same-sex acts.
“The Green Party of Canada stands united against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and prejudice and bigotry in all its forms,” said Ms. May.
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