VIDEO: Canada’s Justin Trudeau Apologizes for ‘Unjust Treatment’ of LGBTQ Canadians

| December 6, 2017

Anya Crittenton of GayStarNews published this report after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized for the ‘unjust treatment’ of LGBTQ Canadians in a speech at the House of Commons. Specifically, the apology addresses LGBTQ service members who were ‘purged’ from the military during the Cold War and beyond.

‘Now imagine, if you will,’ Trudeau begins. ‘Being told that the very country you would willingly lay down your life to defend, doesn’t want you, doesn’t accept you, sees you as defective, sees you as a threat to our national security.

‘Not because you can’t do the job, or because you lack patriotism or courage — no, because of who you are as a person, and because of who your sexual partners are.

‘Imagine having to fight for the basic rights that your peers enjoy, over and over again. And imagine being criminalized for being who you are. This is the truth for many of the Canadians present in the gallery today, and those listening across the country.’

WATCH THE SPEECH HERE FOLLOWED BY AN ENTHUSIASTIC STANDING OVATION

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