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October 6, 2023 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
Every Canadian deserves to fully participate in all spheres of society, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. Too often, 2SLGBTQI+ communities face discrimination, violence, and barriers, which prevents them from actively participating in the social, political, and economic aspects of society.
Today, the Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Member of Parliament for Halifax West, on behalf of the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, announced over $175,000 to support 2SLGBTQI+ communities in Nova Scotia. The two projects are as follows:
Since the announcement of the 2SLGBTQI+ Action Plan, the Government of Canada continues to prioritize building a safer and more inclusive country by supporting initiatives, such as this, to support 2SLGBTQI+ communities. These projects will help support community organizations to play a key role in advancing rights and equality for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and additional sexually and gender-diverse people in Canada.
“Governments at all levels need to step up to support community organizations that serve 2SLGBTQI+ Canadians. In Halifax West, Gender Affirming Care Nova Scotia provides much-needed services to our local community, and I am grateful for the work they do. In Truro and Colchester County, the Truro Pride Society works throughout the year to foster inclusion, counter intolerance, and help Nova Scotians live healthier, happier lives. I’m pleased that the Government of Canada is taking action to fund these organizations’ efforts and advance the rights and well-being of 2SLGBTQI+ people in Nova Scotia.”
The Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Member of Parliament for Halifax West
“These organizations are at the forefront of addressing the challenges faced by 2SLGBTQI+ communities and are key to implementing solutions today and creating systemic change for tomorrow. One year after the launch of the 2SLGBTQI+ Action Plan, we are making progress towards ensuring organizations have the support they need to advance equality for all Canadians.”
The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth
Women and Gender Equality Canada