Kids Help Phone’s favourite LGBTQ2S+ moments of 2016
From LGBTQ2S+-identified athletes at the 2016 Summer Olympics to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marching at Pride Toronto, these are Kids Help Phone’s favourite LGBTQ2S+ moments of the past year.
With the 2017 Pride season in full swing across Canada, Kids Help Phone is sharing some of our favourite LGBTQ2S+ moments of the past year. We love these examples for their demonstrations of equality, inclusivity and diversity.
1. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marches at Pride Toronto
On July 3, 2016 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became the first sitting Canadian prime minister to march in Toronto’s annual Pride parade as a supportive ally. (He carried a rainbow flag with a maple leaf in the centre.)
2. The 2016 Summer Olympics was host to more LGBTQ2S+ athletes than ever
Whether your favourite sport is swimming or hockey, you may have heard the names of 50+ openly LGBTQ2S+-identified athletes going for gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. That’s the highest number of LGBTQ2S+ athletes recorded at the Olympic Games — ever.
3. National Geographic features a transgender person on its cover
If you love to read, you may know that National Geographic’s January 2017 special issue on gender revolution featured a transgender person on its cover. Nine-year-old Avery Jackson proudly posed for photographs and was interviewed for the magazine.
4. Ellen DeGeneres wins the Presidential Medal of Freedom
In 2016, Finding Dory star, talk show host, comedian and actor Ellen DeGeneres added the Presidential Medal of Freedom to her résumé. Ellen won the award for coming out on her TV show in the ’90s and for being an advocate of LGBTQ2S+ rights.
5. Rachel Lauren Clark throws the first pitch at a Toronto Blue Jays game
In June 2016, Rachel Lauren Clark hit the field to become the first openly transgender person to throw the ceremonial pitch at a Toronto Blue Jays game (and in Major League Baseball). Talk about a home run!
Remember, special LGBTQ2S+ moments happen every day — you may have even joined in or seen them in your own community. This list features just some of our favourite LGBTQ2S+ moments of the past year, but there are many more to choose from. We hope these examples inspire and show you that everyone deserves respect, equality and a chance to shine.
Kids Help Phone would like to give special thanks to Justin Preston, bullying and LGBTQ2S+ advocate, for his contributions to this article.
Photo: Alex Guibord
More info on LGBTQ2S+:
- LGBTQ2S+: What does it mean?
- On identifying as LGBTQ2S+ and coming out
- Stephen’s story on coming out
- 6 inspiring transgender icons
- Counsellor tips: What to expect at your first Pride
- How to be a supportive ally to the LGBTQ2S+ community
- Kids Help Phone’s favourite LGBTQ2S+ moments of 2016
- Can’t make it to Pride? You can still be an ally.