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Media Release: On May 21, Take a Stand for Global LGBTQ Human Rights with #ENDHatelaws and Toronto Artists.

Friday May 16th is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
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OPEN LETTER TO THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
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#ENDhatelaws is a coalition of seasoned activists, journalists, health professionals, educators, artists, lawyers and students in partnership with advocacy organizations like the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Ryerson University and #TOwithRussia.

We have come together to build a national movement in response to the homophobia/transphobia that is creating fear for LGBTQ people across the globe.

There are currently more than 80 countries that criminalize homosexuality, including about half a dozen that call for the death penalty. We must build solidarity with LGBTQ community who are living under regressive laws and work with them to effect change. As we do this, we will continue to put pressure on political leaders in Canada who have the power to push for the laws to be repealed and human rights be respected.

Canada must act against international hate laws targeting LGBTQ people: Marking International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, dozens of organizations release 10-point plan for federal government. Read the news release here.

As of May 16, 2014, more than 85 organizations have endorsed the open letter to Hon. John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, calling for Canada to take urgent action to prevent further human rights violations against LGBTQ people and end hate laws. Endorse our letter to the Canadian government.