Manitoba’s Official Opposition is standing up in the House today to call on the PC government to commit to protecting the rights of all LGBTTQ* Manitobans on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, Interim NDP Leader Flor Marcelino said today.
“Despite great leaps forward, we know that many Manitobans continue to face homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia,” said Marcelino. “We are concerned that, with no mention of LGBTTQ* Manitobans in yesterday’s Throne Speech, ‘Better Together’ does not include all Manitobans.”
The former Manitoba NDP government worked closely with the LGBTTQ* community to bring about ground-breaking legislation. They:
- created the Human Rights Code, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity;
- extended full marriage and adoption rights to same-sex parents;
- introduced the Family Law Reform Act, which would modernize parental rights for LGBTTQ* families;
- brought in groundbreaking legislation that protects Manitoba children and youth from bullying;
- struck down the requirement for transgender Manitobans to show proof of surgery to change their birth documents was struck down; and
- allowed a person’s sex designation to be changed on marriage registrations.
“On behalf of all Manitobans, we are asking Mr. Pallister to commit to continuing to work toward equality and protect human rights,” Marcelino stated.
Pallister’s Conservatives presented their vision for the province in the Throne Speech that promised vague goals such as “better care for all Manitobans” and being the “most improved province.” The Manitoba NDP is asking for the details of these commitments to ensure that the government will guarantee care for every Manitoban regardless of sexual or gender identity. The NDP will support policies that strengthen services and progressive legislation, but will fight to protect the values and safety of all Manitobans when their best interests are not reflected in the new PC government’s policies.
“The Manitoba NDP stands with advocates and allies all over the world who are fighting for the right to be free from criminalization, persecution and stigmatization,” said Andrew Swan, critic of Justice and Human Rights. “Today is a chance to recognize how far we have come and reflect on how much work is yet to be done. Every year we lose Manitobans to violence and suicide and we must stand together to prevent further tragedy.”