Premier John Horgan recognizes the challenges that many LGBTQ2S+ people are going through to fight for their basic rights around the world.
“This time last year, Vancouver was getting ready to welcome over 650,000 people on its streets marching in support of the annual Pride parade. This year, Vancouver Pride Week has looked a bit different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I know that losing the opportunity to come together in person in recognition, celebration and solidarity has been incredibly difficult,” said Horgan in a statement on Sunday morning.
“Many people continue to be targeted with harassment and discrimination because of their gender or sexuality. Our government has taken some first steps to making our province more inclusive for LGBTQ and two-spirit people, including teaching sexual orientation and gender identity inclusive education, re-establishing the human rights commission and implementing a gender-X option for provincial identification.”
Horgan added he hopes everyone can learn more about the history of LGBTQ2S+ and celebrate the how far Vancouver has come as Pride is celebrated virtually this year.
“Pride cannot be cancelled.
“Together, we will build a province where everyone can live without fear of violence or discrimination, where everyone can take pride in who they are.”