Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised a Pride flag on Parliament Hill today for the first time in the country’s history in an all-party show of support for LGBT Canadians.
“This is a great day for Canada and it’s part of a long series of milestones this country has hit over the years,” Trudeau said. “It hasn’t been easy, it hasn’t been automatic, a lot of people fought for a long time for this day to happen.”
The moment was made even more significant by the fact that members of parliament representing the spectrum of political parties were in attendance.
“Canada is united in its defense of rights and it’s standing up for LGBTQ rights,” he said. “And quite frankly…we still have more work to do.”
He specified that his government is currently pushing a transgender rights bill in order to protect trans people in the country.
Click here to watch footage of Trudeau raising the Pride flag on Parliament Hill for the first time in Canadian history.