Four years ago, I posted about filmmaker Mike Buonaiuto’s touching ad about LGBT rights. It featured a “first kiss” between a returning UK serviceman and his male partner:
Today, on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, the Canadian Armed Forces Tweeted a very similar scene:
It’s amazing to see how fast LGBT rights and visibility are progressing in some western countries.
Here in Canada, both the Prime Minister and the Leader of The Opposition made statements in support of LGBT rights, and the trans flag was displayed in Parliament for the first time. A new trans rights-protection bill was introduced by the government, and the United States Ambassador to Canada joyfully endorsed it. (President Obama also spoke in favour of trans rights.)
Things are changing. I claimed that the critical mass to change attitudes on same-sex marriage had been reached in the 2012 US Presidential Election, and that seems to have come true. Now trans rights are in the spotlight.
That said, many countries in the world still oppress, or even execute, people for being LGBT.
We’ve still got a long way to go.
*Disclaimer: I was a co-author of the Canadian Armed Forces’ original social media strategy. I have no involvement in current content.