The Rainbow flag has been raised at Bracebridge town hall.
On Monday members of the Muskoka Pride Community and supporters joined Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith in raising the flag to recognize the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.
This flag raising is about remembering the 50 year history of LGBTQ rights in Canada and recognizing that many individuals still do not have full equality. In North America, transgender and Queer people of colour still face daily discrimination. In 70 countries worldwide, being LGBTQ is illegal - and punishable by death in 7 countries.
May 14, 1969 was the date the necessary changes to the Criminal Code of Canada passed in Parliament.
Pierre Elliot Trudeau made his famous comment, “There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.”
“The passage of Bill c-150 in 1969 partially decriminalized homosexuality in Canada and was an important first step in a long history of LGBTQ rights in Canada,” says Shawn Forth, Secretary for the Muskoka Pride Community. “LGBTQ advocacy groups continue to work to end discrimination against the trans and gender-diverse population, and queer people of colour. We are excited to join 50 communities across Canada, in all provinces and territories, to raise the flag this week to recognize this important moment in LGBTQ history, and to renew our resolve to work towards equity for all members of the LGBTQ community.”
“The Muskoka Pride Community has done excellent work in ensuring that Muskoka joins communities across Canada to recognize this moment in LGBTQ history,” adds Mayor Smith. “Their work towards equity for all members of the LGBTQ community is how change is generated, both now and in the future.”