In Canada

Canada stands up for the protection and promotion of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, 2-spirit and intersex (LGBTQ2I) people globally.

The human rights of all persons are universal and indivisible. Everyone should enjoy the same fundamental human rights, regardless of their sexual orientation and their gender identity and expression.

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Article 2 declares, “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration.” All people, including LGBTQ2I individuals, are entitled to enjoy the protection provided by international human rights law, which is based on equality and non-discrimination.

Nearly 30 countries, including Canada, recognize same-sex marriage. By contrast, more than 70 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex conduct. This includes 6 countries that effectively impose the death penalty on consensual same-sex sexual acts. In 6 other countries, the death penalty is a possible punishment.

Around the globe, people experience violence and discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. LGBTQ2I people experience discrimination and harassment in housing, the workplace and the classroom. LGBTQ2I people are also often victims of hate-motivated violence, including:

  • physical attacks

  • arbitrary arrest

  • torture

  • sexual assault

  • murder

What Canada is doing to protect LGBTQ2I persons internationally

In order to promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQ2I persons, we:

  • engage constructively at both bilateral and multilateral levels to promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQ2I people

  • consult and work closely with civil society organizations in Canada and abroad to advance the human rights of LGBTQ2I people

  • support international assistance programming that seeks to advance human rights and improve socio-economic outcomes for LGBTQ2I people

We use bilateral and multilateral channels to:

  • call on states to decriminalize same-sex conduct

  • support the work of grassroots LGBTQ2I organizations abroad

  • condemn violence and discrimination that target individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity

Information above is taken from official website of Canada Government.