Statement regarding Brunei laws

It is the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia and I’d just like to take a moment to reflect on this year. The Sultan of Brunei has made sexual orientation punishable by death. There are countries like Saudi Arabia where the result is the same. So, emphasis on international, because as we bring more awareness the more likely it is that people will help share our values.

It is the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia and I’d just like to take a moment to reflect on this year. The Sultan of Brunei has made sexual orientation punishable by death. There are countries like Saudi Arabia where the result is the same. So, emphasis on international, because as we bring more awareness the more likely it is that people will help share our values.

At the Canadian Mennonite University just a few weeks ago I attended a very interesting presentation by the Canadian Horticulturalists Society, it was packed. They had an international recognized gardener and I’m proud to say that gardener and his partner Brent was my Uncle, Uncle Tom, Thomas Hobbs. He has been in one of the most committed relationships I know. 

Madam Speaker, another person who has played a major role in my life is Donna Kirk. We used to go on canoe trips with the Manitoba Natural Society and the Manitoba Recreational Canoe Society. When we were in the wilderness there was no social hierarchy, no stereotypes, it didn’t matter how much money you had, and it didn’t matter what your sexual orientation was. Now that was in the eighties. 

Hopefully it doesn’t matter in Canadian society anymore and perhaps with a little bit of a push anyone anywhere in the world can love without the fear of the death penalty. Thank you, Madam Speaker, we are so lucky to live in Canada and to be progressive on these types of issues. I’d like to thank everyone for the opportunity to speak. 

Thank you

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  • Steven Fletcher
    published this page in News 2019-05-17 14:43:46 -0500

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