Canada supports the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons

Canada is a staunch supporter of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons at home and abroad.

For the past five decades, the LGBTI community has made great strides in advancing their legal rights in this country. Milestones include the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the 1960s, equality rights enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982, and the enactment of the landmark Civil Marriage Act in 2005, a proud accomplishment for Canada.

Our offices abroad continue to work with like-minded governments and civil societies to promote and protect the human rights of LGBTI persons – a key priority for Canada.

Canada supports the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons

Canada champions LGBTQ2 rights across Asia-Pacific
Canada in the Asia-Pacific:

Canada champions LGBTQ2 rights across Asia-Pacific

For Canadian offices in the Asia-Pacific region, advocating for LGBTQ2 persons means navigating strict laws, religious conventions, and local community organizations. But the goal is always the same: to honour Canada’s commitment to fight for the rights of LGBTQ2 people around the world.
[Asia Pacific, July 2018]


Canada in India:

Turning words to action in India’s fight for transgender rights

Dhananjay Chauhan, one of North India’s most influential advocates, is fighting to improve transgender rights.
[India, May 2018]


Canada in Guatemala:

Standing up for LGBTQ2 Rights in Guatemala

In a series of initiatives throughout Pride Month, the Embassy of Canada in Guatemala supported local organizations and projects championing LGBTQ2 rights.
[Guatemala, June 2017]


Canada in Thailand:

Celebrating Rainbow Families

This year, the Canadian Embassy in Thailand expanded engagement with LGBTI civil society in advance of IDAHOT 2017. Ambassador Donica Pottie shared her rainbow family story.
[Thailand, June 2017]


Canada in Vietnam:

LGBTI education and transgender issues at the forefront in Hanoi to help end discrimination

In 2015, the National Assembly of Vietnam passed the Revised Civil Code legalizing the rights of transgendered people to change their gender marker after gender reassignment surgery. Despite this advancement, LGBTI people are still subjected to stigma and discrimination in the family, workplace, school and society.
[Vietnam, May 2017]


Canada in Thailand:

Promoting inclusion: LGBTI rights in Thailand

LGBTI individuals in Thailand do not face the same issues of criminalization and violence that are present in other Asia-Pacific countries.
[Thailand, February 2017]


Canada in Portugal:

Cool Canadian Olympic athlete becomes LGBTI role model to Portuguese youth

Although Portugal is one of the world’s most progressive countries for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights, there are currently no openly gay athletes in the country and bullying based on sexual orientation is still rampant in schools.
[Portugal, November 2016]


Canada in Mexico:

Canada Participates in Mexico’s City Pride Parade

The Embassy of Canada in Mexico City was pleased to work with the Mexico City Pride Parade organizing committee to establish the first coordinated, high-profile international delegation to join the 38th LGBTI Pride Parade.
[Mexico, June 2016]


Canada in Korea:

‘Queer I Am, Kudo to Who We Are’

In support of the rights of sexual minorities the festival theme was ‘Queer I Am, Kudo to Who We Are.’ The Embassy of Canada to Korea was yet again a proud supporter promoting human rights including the rights of LGBTI persons.
[Korea, June 2016]


Canada in the Dominican Republic:

Exploring alternative ways to resolve conflict

The LGBT community is currently one of the most marginalized and discriminated population segments of Dominican society.  Canadian sponsored workshop helps address social changes needed.
[Dominican Republic, March 2016]


Canada in Vietnam:

Spreading wings on a new wave of tolerance

Canada supports VietPride 2015 “Spread My Wings,” dedicated to Vietnam’s transgender people, who face risks and difficulties defining themselves even within the LGBT community
[Vietnam, June 2015]


Canada in Mauritius:

Supporting understanding and acceptance of the LGBT community

In Mauritius, the rights of the LGBT community are vulnerable due to prejudice and misunderstanding and LGBT individuals still face the threat of violence and shaming. Canada supported campaign launched to support understanding and acceptance of the LGBT community in Mauritius.
[South Africa, February 2015]


Canada in South Africa:

Workshop brings local media and LGBTI activists together

Canada brings local media and community-based organizations together to discuss the challenges of reporting on gender-based violence against the South African's LGBTI community [South Africa, January 2015]


Canada in Vietnam:

Embassy profiles LGBT rights through Canadian film

In recognition of Viet Pride day celebrations the Embassy supported a screening of Canadian film director Deepa Mehta’s “Fire” which has contributed to the discussion on same-sex marriage and LGBT rights in Vietnam.
[Vietnam, October 2013]