The Canadian Prime Minister has appointed Alberta MP Randy Boissonnault as his LGBTQ2 special advisor.
The advisor was the first out gay MP in Alberta to be elected.
He is appointed as Canada repeals a federal law making it illegal for same-sex couples to have anal sex, or if more than two people “take part or are present” for sex.
“It is an honour and a privilege to be named to this role. I will work hard with the Prime Minister and the LGBTQ2 community to advance and protect their rights and address historical injustices they have endured. I look forward to collaborating closely with Egale and other organizations in the coming months to advance the government’s agenda for equality.” said Boissonnault, in a statement.
He will advise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the Canadian Government’s LGBT+ strategy.
Along with the announcement came the news that anal sex laws would be equalised, and Section 159 of the Canadian Criminal Code would be repealed, and that the Government plans to protect trans people.
“We have made great strides in securing legal rights for the LGBTQ2 community in Canada – from enshrining equality rights in the Charter to the passage of the Civil Marriage Act. But the fight to end discrimination is not over and a lot of hard work still needs to be done. Canadians know our country is made stronger because of our diversity, not in spite of it,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.