Quebec pledges $7 million to fight anti-gay bullying, discrimination

Quebec pledges $7 million to fight anti-gay bullying, discrimination

MONTREAL, Quebec — The Quebec government has announced it will allocate $7 million dollars for programs to fight discrimination and bullying against its gay and lesbian citizens.

Jean-Marc Fournier, Quebec’s Minister of Justice, indicated that funds will be shared among public and private agencies with a special focus and emphasis on “demystifying gay people within the heterosexual community and ensuring they are treated fairly at school, work and society at large.”

Robert Laramée, CEO of the Fondation Émergence’s Gay Line — which offers support to LGBTQ people and their families in difficulty — praised the Ministry’s commitment and financial support, which he said will assist the non-profit groups who work on behalf of LGBT people, young and old, throughout the province.

“There is still an enormous amount of work to be done,” said Laramée.

The announcement by the Ministry states that organizations who wish to participate have until December 1 to apply for program funding.

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