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‘Silence is not a solution’: LGBTQ+ parliamentarians reflect on polarization, protest




Members of the LGBTQ+ community have long faced discrimination and prejudice in Canada and beyond, having to fight for job protection, access to services and basic human rights. Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages Minister Randy Boissonnault and Labour and Seniors Minister Seamus O'Regan shake hands with labour leaders after making an announcement in the Foyer of the House of Commons, in Ottawa,


OTTAWA — Members of the LGBTQ+ community have long faced discrimination and prejudice in Canada and beyond, having to fight for job protection, access to services and basic human rights.

Canada legalized same-sex marriage nearly two decades ago and the Canadian Human Rights Act has for years prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

But this year brought a heated debate over LGBTQ+ rights when it comes to transgender and other gender non-conforming children. Both New Brunswick and Saskatchewan brought in policies that require parental permission before using a student’s preferred name or pronouns at school.



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