Demand Emo Town Council Recognize LGBTQ2 Pride!

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Whereas the equality of LGBTQ2-identifying people is guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and there has been a sea change in LGBTQ2 rights recognition in Canada over the past 30 years;

Whereas Ontario’s Human Rights Code (the “Code”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and family status;

Whereas Borderland Pride requested a resolution from the Township of Emo in support of LGBTQ2 Pride, diversity, and inclusion in 2020;

Whereas the Council of the Township of Emo voted down that resolution in a discriminatory manner contrary to the Code; and

Whereas the observance of Pride is necessary to show support for marginalized and vulnerable people in our communities.

THEREFORE, we, the undersigned, petition the Council of the Township of Emo to:

1. Make a public, unreserved apology to their citizens for the homophobic comments and actions taken at their meeting on May 12, 2020;

2. Require councillors to complete training on topics related to diversity, inclusion, and human rights, with a focus on LGBTQ2 issues; and

3. Adopt the resolution, as drafted and submitted by Borderland Pride for the May 12, 2020 meeting of Council.