Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

May 14, 2009 14:29 ET

MAY 17 INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA

Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, STATEMENT--(Marketwire - May 14, 2009) - May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia. It is a day of action, awareness and affirmation of the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified (LGBT) people and their families to live their lives - Out and Proud. On this day and throughout the year the Ontario Federation of Labour is proud to stand in solidarity solidly in opposition to homophobia and transphobia.

2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. Until 1969, it was a crime to be gay in Canada.

Over the past forty years, the labour movement can be proud of its work to ensure full legal rights for the LGBT workers and their families. We fought for collective bargaining rights and stood with our members through legal battles in achieving legislative equality.

Trans-identified people have yet to win basic rights in human rights laws. Their right to access necessary medical procedures is precarious at best.

We have made significant gains. However, we know that legal rights does not mean full dignity and social equality. The reality is, for many LGBT workers, there remains the threat of discrimination both in the workplace and in society.

LGBT people experience oppression and discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity/expression and on the grounds of their race, ethnicity, sex, linguistic background, ability, economic circumstances or any number of other factors.

Our work towards equality and justice for all members of the LGBT communities requires an understanding of the linkage between homophobia and transphobia, and other forms of discrimination such as racism, sexism, ableism and classism. It also requires a commitment to work actively on all equality issues facing members of our communities, alone or in coalition with like-minded equality seeking groups.

As an organization working for equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and their families, the Ontario Federation of Labour is committed to recognizing the links between different forms of discrimination, and we stand together to challenge discrimination in all its forms.

cope343 /For further information: Wayne Samuelson
OFL President
416.571.7408 (cellular)/ IN: LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Dana Boettger, OFL Communications Director
    Primary Phone: 416-441-2731 ext. 665
    Secondary Phone: 416-443-7665
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138