Canada considering gender-neutral ID cards, PM Justin Trudeau says at Pride
Speaking from the first Pride ever as a sitting Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said today that Canada is considering gender-neutral national ID cards.
The Prime Minister told TV station CP24 that his government is considerning introducing the gender-neutral identification cards.
Mr Trudeau marched at the head of the Toronto Pride parade which kicked off at 2pm this afternoon.
In doing so he became the first ever sitting Canadian Prime Minister to attend a Pride event.
However, this is not the leader’s first time at the event.
Trudeau has attended Pride parades in Toronto and Vancouver for years – but never as leader of the country.
He tweeted earlier this year that he looked forward to being there again, “this time as PM.”
Pride Toronto’s executive director Mathieu Chantelois shared his excitement over Trudeau’s involvement.
“[It’s] big news in Canada but big news around the world.”
“Not only because he is probably the sexiest politician alive but also because there has never been a leader of a country to walk in a parade, at least not that we know of.”
Chantelois said he spoke to Trudeau at his office in Ottawa, where he was “very surprised” and “very excited” to hear he would be the first Canadian prime minister to take part.
“It’s a nice way to make history,” Chantelois said.
He went on to praise Trudeau’s clear understanding and commitment to issues facing the LGBT community in Canada – and across the world.
“When we met him in his office, he was really serious about talking about trans rights, about equal rights, about immigration, about gay men donating blood,” Chantelois said.
“All these things are very important topics for him.”
Trudeau has shown himself as a keen supporter of equal rights since being sworn into office.
In November, the government promised to take in a substantial amount of gay refugees from war-torn Syria.
Amid security concerns, the country does not plan to accept unaccompanied males – but it will make an exception for gay people, who face persecution in Syria from both the government and the terrorist group known as Islamic State.
The pledge to accept refugees was a cornerstone of the commitments by new PM Trudeau.
The keen LGBT ally also demonstrated his commitment to equality by naming a diverse, gender-balanced cabinet.
Trudeau earlier this year announced that he intends to posthumously pardon a man who was jailed simply for being gay in the 1960s.