Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement recognizing the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia:
“On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and every day, we stand with LGBTQ2S+ people against stigma, violence and discrimination.
“No one should ever live in fear because of who they are or who they love, but many queer, trans and gender diverse people in B.C. still face harassment and prejudice in their daily lives.
“Through strength, resilience and activism, LGBTQ2S+ people have made important gains towards equality over the past decades, but we must continue to work until everyone in B.C. lives with safety, respect, and dignity.
“LGBTQ2S+ kids face higher rates of depression and suicide because of the bullying they face in school, from both children and adults. To help all kids feel safe and accepted, our government is supporting sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) education in schools. We are proud that all 60 school districts in B.C. have signed on to the SOGI Educators Network.
“We will continue every day to make sure the services people rely on, like education, health care and our justice system are inclusive and respectful of people of all genders and sexual orientations.
“Together, through love and compassion, we can fight hate and discrimination and build a fairer, more inclusive province for everyone who lives here. We will continue working towards a brighter future where everyone is free to be who they are and love who they love.”