International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia: May 17, 2010

May 17, 2010

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May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.  Around the world lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans activists, along with community allies and politicians, will stop and acknowledge the high human and societal cost of discrimination, violence and harassment - and then we will continue in our push toward equality, acceptance, and freedom.  

The CAW will participate in ceremonies at town councils and city halls in many communities across Canada.  We know that LGBT activists and trade unionists from Mexico to Brazil, from France to Thailand, from Australia to Albania will be doing the same, as a growing number of cities, regions, provinces and countries (including the European Parliament) now also recognize this day.

To many people, it may seem that sexual orientation and gender identity are becoming less and less of an issue in Canada.  It's true that we have made tremendous gains on social and legal rights.  The trade union movement is proud of our contribution to the progress we have made over the past forty years on LGBT issues in Canada.   After decades of political and legal battles, gays and lesbians have won important protection against discrimination in human rights law and legal recognition of same-sex couples and equal marriage.

Read the full CAW statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia here.

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