Canada Recognized for Leadership in LGBT Equality Rights at Philadelphia's Equality Forum

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Travel Gay Canada will represent Canada as the Featured Nation at America’s largest LGBT equality rights event. The NHL, Burke Family and TD Bank will receive awards.

Canada was selected because of our history fighting for equality rights, beginning in the 1960s.

Canada will be recognized for its leadership in advancing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people at Equality Forum 2014 in Philadelphia, PA, May 1-4.

Canada has been selected as the Featured Nation of this year’s Forum, America’s largest LGBT equality rights event. The NHL and the Burke Family will receive the ‘International Role Model Award’ and TD Bank will receive the ‘International Business Leadership Award’ for their support of the community.

Darrell Schuurman, executive director of Travel Gay Canada, says, “Canada was selected because of our history fighting for equality rights, beginning in the 1960s to becoming the fourth country to nationally legalize same-sex marriage.” (Timeline infographic attached).

“From June 20-29, Toronto, Ontario will host the world’s largest Pride event, WorldPride 2014, and this shows the more than 2 million visitors from around the world that Canada as a progressive and inviting country to both do business with and to experience as a travel destination.”

Four Canadians who were instrumental in our country’s LGBT equality rights struggle will present a panel showcasing our efforts while offering Americans a look at how we successfully legalized same-sex marriage equality almost a decade ago.

Panelists include:

  • Cynthia Petersen, LGBT Rights Lawyer
  • Bob Gallagher, LGBT Rights Activist
  • El-Farouk Khaki, LGBT Refugee & Immigration Lawyer, Human Rights Activist
  • Helen Kennedy, LGBT Rights Activist, Executive Director of Egale Canada
  • With Moderator, David Walberg, CEO of Digital Media for Pink Triangle Press

Travel Gay Canada partners at Equality Forum include Ontario Tourism, Tourism Toronto and WorldPride 2014 Toronto, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Air Canada.

About Travel Gay Canada

TGC is Canada’s only LGBT tourism industry organization and is a member-based association of tourism-related businesses LGBT market through marketing, training, product development and research initiatives. TGC is leading the delegation of Canadians and manages our partner’s presence at Equality Forum.

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