International Day Against Homophobia - May 17 - Let's Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Omnibus Bill

                   Before 1969, same-sex sexual relations
                                 were a crime

    MONTREAL, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Can you imagine that in Canada prior to
1969, people risked imprisonment for having same-sex sexual relations?
    This year marks the 40th anniversary of the enactment of Pierre Elliott
Trudeau's famous Omnibus Bill, which changed the Canadian Criminal Code and
decriminalized same-sex sexual relations.
    The Canadian gay and lesbian community is grateful to the Canadian
Parliamentarians who took this initiative and, in particular, the Right
Honourable Pierre Elliot Trudeau, who proposed to enact this law.
    "Besides decriminalizing sexual relations, this historic moment marked
the beginning of activism, which led to legal equality for homosexuals. This
resulted in the right to civil marriage for same-sex couples, a right that is
recognized by Canadian Members of Parliament," explained Laurent McCutcheon,
President of Fondation Emergence.
    As part of International Day Against Homophobia, Fondation Emergence is
marking this fortieth anniversary by taking the initiative to send the 2009
campaign pamphlet "Homosexuality Knows No Borders" to all Canadian
Parliamentarians, Members of the House of Commons and the Senate. Members of
Parliament have also been invited to celebrate this historic event by speaking
on the occasion of International Day Against Homophobia.

    Created in 2000 through an initiative by the help centre, support and
information line Gai Ecoute, the mission of Fondation Emergence is to fight
prejudice. It established the event International Day Against Homophobia, held
on May 17 each year, which is its annual campaign to combat homophobia.

For further information:

For further information: Laurent McCutcheon, President, (514) 522-7614;
Fondation Emergence, (514) 866-6788

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