Feds give Pride Toronto $450K to increase safety for LGBTQ2 communities

Nov 26 2018, 2:24 pm

Pride Toronto will be getting $450,000 from the Government of Canada to help improve safety among the LGBTQ2 communities in the city.

According to the feds, all Canadians deserve to feel safe, which is why it is important for the Government of Canada to work to address the historical and ongoing inequality faced by people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit (LGBTQ2).

Over the weekend, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the funding, and the federal government’s commitment to working with Pride Toronto on an initiative to increase the safety of LGBTQ2 communities.

“For too long, the LGBTQ2 community has encountered injustice from various institutions in our society. The fact is, we must do better,” said Morneau in a statement. “Together, with Pride Toronto, our government is committed to supporting safer, more resilient LGBTQ2 communities. We know that when we remove barriers to success and make our communities safe and welcoming places to live, every Canadian benefits.”

With support from Public Safety Canada, Pride Toronto proposes an initiative to improve the relationship between Toronto LGBTQ2 communities and the criminal justice system, increase understanding of LGBTQ2 offending and victimization (including hate crimes), and contribute to the implementation of educational and prevention tools for both victims and offenders in this community.

“This initiative will help us devise a roadmap to better understand how we address the concerns we have heard over many years,” said Olivia Nuamah, Executive Director, Pride Toronto. “We are thankful to the federal government for their pledge of support, which will help us start to improve safety in LGBTQ2+ communities.”

Pride Toronto is also proposing to raise awareness among Canadians of the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality.

“This decision was a pivotal moment in the ongoing work to advance LGBTQ2 rights and equality in Canada,” said Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism. “Today, we are proud to support the efforts of organizations like Pride Toronto, who is celebrating the spirit of this important anniversary and the continued work towards equal rights that ensued.”

Pride Toronto will receive its funds in early 2019.

The Toronto Police were recently granted permission to march in the 2019 Pride parade after they were banned from marching in the annual event the last two years.

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