GPO leader Mike Schreiner and Deputy Leader Mark Daye made the following statement today:
“Pride Month officially begins today with the annual flag raising ceremony at Queen’s Park. This month’s festivities are a joyous occasion to celebrate the diversity of our province and equality for all Ontarians.
Pride also offers us an opportunity to remember and pay tribute to those who fought tirelessly for the rights and freedoms we have today.
We should all be proud of how far we have come on our path toward acceptance and inclusivity, but we are not there yet. We must continue to work toward making our communities more tolerant and safe for all.
We must ensure that all families are treated with respect and equality under the law. We must ensure that all parents have equal rights.
It is especially important that our children grow up in an environment that respects everyone equally. That is why the GPO continues to speak out for human rights in our school system. It’s unacceptable that some schools funded by Ontario taxpayers discriminate against the LGBTQ community through hiring practices and school policies. We must continue to push for political change that promotes inclusivity and human rights for all.
We hope you will join with us as we celebrate Pride across Ontario. Let us use this month to empower people with diverse gender identities and expressions to speak out.”