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The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Thursday May 17, I spoke on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobpia
Mr. Gerrard: It is important that we recognize today, as we are doing, a day to draw attention to homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, a day to dedicate ourselves to try to make our world a better place for all, including those in the LGBTQ community.
      This is an important human rights issue. It is a challenge for people in the LGBT community, but increasingly we are recognizing the tremendous positive contributions that people in the LGBT community are making in many, many ways in our province, in our country and in the world.
      I would like to pay a tribute to one of the  leaders, Shandi Strong, of the transgender community. She has led an effort around Pride Day to recognize the transgender community and their progress and their needs. She has led in having an annual recognition of the problems around the world, a recognition that I have been to in the last couple of years, and it is amazing the terrible things, quite frankly, that are still happening in too many countries.
      We have a lot that we need to do. 

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