Canada helps to “make magic happen” at Capital Pride

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi and over 50 members of the Canadian community joined the American Capital’s 2016 LGBT Pride celebrations.
 

The Embassy of Canada joined the Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C – “Make Magic Happen”
 

Canada’s contingent, one of a record eight embassies to participate in the event, carried pride banners and waved Canadian flags all along the 1.5 mile parade route while an estimated 150,000 spectators looked on.

Canada’s participation reflected a long history of championing equality and inclusion for the LGBTI community, beginning with the establishment of equality rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982. In 2005, Canada enacted the Civil Marriage Act, which protects marriage equality under the law, and more recently, introduced legislation to ensure transgender rights are fully protected.

For the first time ever, the Embassy of Canada joined the Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C., on June 11, 2016.

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, a long-time human rights advocate and Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, led over 50 Embassy staff and members of the Canadian community in the American Capital’s 2016 LGBT Pride celebration, this year themed “Make Magic Happen.”

It was also the first time a high-level government minister from outside the United States walked in Washington’s annual Pride parade.

To commemorate Pride Month, the Embassy also raised the Canadian Pride flag at its Pennsylvania Avenue location, and lit the columns of its exterior rotunda in the pride colours in the week leading up to the Capital Pride Parade.

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