Gay Friendly Canada
Canadians enjoy one of the most progressive LGBTQ-welcoming countries on the planet where diversity and equality are openly celebrated in everyday life. Same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide in 2005, and Ontario and British Columbia will mark a decade of same-sex marriage legalization in 2013.
In corporate Canada, organizations such as Pride at Work Canada have 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 dozens of leading national and local organizations that employ over 650,000 Canadians, Pride at Work Canada helps its National and Provincial 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."
Canada also honoured the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II across the land, with 60,000 Canadians being recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Royal Diamond Jubilee Medal. Among the recipients are 30 Canadians who will be honoured for their dedicated work on HIV/AIDS in Canada.
"The Canadian AIDS Society will be co-ordinating the presentation of the medals with the nominators of the recipients and will also be presenting some at its 2012 World AIDS Day Gala, to be held Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 at the Château Cartier Hotel in Ottawa."
On the community level, Pride Festivals, Queer Film Festivals, and community events galore are celebrated in communities large and small, from coast to coast, year-round. On a global scale, World Pride 2014 – Toronto is being co-ordinated to coincide with the 45th anniversary of Stonewall.
Continued top-tier ratings in international travel surveys highlight Canada as a preferred destination of choice by many LGBTQ travellers. Community leaders and a wide range of travel industry partners maintain a very visible and active presence at major LGBTQ trade shows, conferences and events worldwide.
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