Statement: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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GPO leader Mike Schreiner made the following statement on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia: 
“Everyone in our province deserves respect. 
 
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is a day for all of us to commit to ending homophobia and transphobia in Ontario.
 
We must be aware of the fact that bullying exists, but that together, we can stop it. It’s critical to ensure that we not only celebrate diversity, but we also refuse to tolerate any form of discrimination.
 
It would like to recognize and thank MPP Cheri DiNovo for successfully pushing to amend the Ontario Human Rights code to include protections for trans people in June of last year. DiNovo’s bill received support from all parties at Queen’s Park and marked a historic day for human rights in Ontario.
 
I especially would like to recognize the dedicated teachers and students who fight against bullying through Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs). Our schools must be safe for all students and staff. Far too many LGBT students still face extreme cases of bullying. This abuse can lead to dropping out of school, social isolation and, tragically, death and suicide.
 
I am committed to working with Ontarians to ensure our province provides a welcoming, safe and equal place for all people.  Let’s all work together to put an end to bullying and discrimination.”