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Premier Ranj Pillai, Minister responsible for the Women and Gender Equity Directorate Jeanie McLean and Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee have issued the following statement:
“Today, as we raise the Pride flag at the Jim Smith Building, we reaffirm our government’s commitment to helping ensure that 2SLGBTQIA+ Yukoners feel safe and supported across the territory. This commitment extends to leading initiatives that centre the rights and needs of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
“Pride is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community while also acknowledging the barriers that continue to exist. Despite the progress made, our journey towards achieving equality is far from complete. Over the last few years we have seen a surge in transphobic and homophobic legislation being passed internationally. Canada is not immune to political agendas driven by fear and ignorance. We all must proactively call out discrimination, identify bias and make it clear that prejudice and hate do not belong in the Yukon.
“Our government continues to work with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in the territory to help ensure they can enjoy the same rights, representation and access to services that many people take for granted. Following the commitment for year two outlined in the 2021 LBGTQ2S+ Inclusion Action Plan, the Women and Gender Equity Directorate is preparing a targeted survey of 2SLGBTQIA+ Yukoners to evaluate the progress on actions listed in the plan. It is on track to be launched this month and will be promoted during upcoming Pride events. The objective of the five year plan is to make government programs and services more inclusive of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
“Through celebrating Pride, we honour a human rights movement that has only grown stronger since its conception at Stonewall Riots in 1969. Let’s strive to live by the words of 2SLBGTQIA+ activist Barbara Gittings: “Equality means more than passing laws. The struggle is really won in the hearts and minds of the community, where it really counts.”
Together, we can create a future where the 2SLGBTQIA+ community are celebrated, visible and represented in all aspects of our society.”