Gay Friendly Canada
Canada continues to be one of the most LGBT-welcoming countries in the world, where people can openly be who they are, without fear of legal discrimination in the workplace, where they live, or because of who they choose to love.
Canadian politics have been on the forefront of societal change with regard to same-sex relationships for decades. Sexual activity between consenting same-sex adults was decriminalized in 1969, after Justice Minister and future Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau commented, "There is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation" back in 1967.
Same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide in 2005, and Ontario and British Columbia have enjoyed eleven years since the legalization of same-sex marriage in these provinces in 2003. During this time, thousands of Canadian couples have exchanged vows and numerous international couples have travelled to Canada specifically for this purpose.
Corporate Canada has also come out on many levels in support of LGBT citizens and workers, which is highly visible with numerous organizations participating with floats in Pride parades and sponsorship of community-based organizations and events. Pride at Work Canada is one such organization that has helped create awareness and visibility for LGBT citizens in the workplace.
"Founded in 2008, Pride at Work Canada is the leading non-profit organization supporting the LGBT community in Canadian workplaces. Through dialogue, education and leadership, we empower individuals and organizations to foster a workplace culture that recognizes LGBT employees as an important part of a diverse workforce.
Working with over 50 leading national and international organizations that employ over 850,000 Canadians, Pride at Work Canada helps its National and Regional Partners to be recognized as employers of choice for the LGBT community in Canada. As part of their membership, partner organizations share good practice and attend a variety of seminars and networking events across the country. We currently hold events in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal." Find out more at: www.prideatwork.ca.
On a national and international level, Canadian destinations and organizations host a multitude of events of interest to LGBT residents and travellers alike, year-round. Pride events exist across the country, large-scale films festivals in major centres, and massive dance parties galore. One of the biggest parties of 2014 will be WorldPride Toronto, which coincides with the forty-fifth anniversary of Stonewall in June.
Another highlight will be the opening of the Canadian Museum For Human Rights in Winnipeg in September, 2014, which will be of global interest. A stylized image of the museum graces the cover this edition and additional information can be found within.
On the tourism front, international travel surveys continue to highlight Canada as a preferred year-round destination of choice by many LGBT travellers. This is a fantastic time to travel Canada, whether you are a visitor, or call this amazing place home.
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