Proud to Vote: LGBTQ2 Issues in the Federal Election

Updated October 4, 2019

Moving Forward for LGBTQ2 Canadians: a pre-election statement was released publicly on September 30. This is the first time in Canadian history that so many organizations (216!) have come together with such a statement in support of LGBTQ2 issues. Feel free to share the statement on your organization’s social media feeds, if you use them. You can tweet using the hashtag #ProudVote, #VoterFierement and #elxn43

An article about the statement and town halls has been posted on Huffington Post Canada. Check the dates for all the town halls and tell your friends across the country!

Those who will be in the Vancouver area on October 8 are invited to join us for a discussion and debate with representatives of all four major parties on key issues for LGBTQ2 communities in Canada. This event is part of a national series being held in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. PAN is  one of the local partners for the townhall that is taking place in Vancouver – along with PAN member, Mclaren Housing Society.

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Doors: 6 PM; Event begins: 7 PM; Post-debate Social: 8:30 PM)
Place: The Junction, 1138 Davie Street, Vancouver

National sponsors: Canadian LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity, Community-Based Research Centre, Conseil québécois LGBT, Dignity Network / Réseau Dignité,
Egale Canada Human Rights Trust and ProudPolitics.

Media sponsor: Xtra

Local partners: Rainbow Refugee, LOUD Business, LOUD Scholarship Foundation, Pacific AIDS Network, Trikone Vancouver, McLaren Housing Society, Sher Vancouver: LGBTQ South Asians and Friends and Qmunity.

Representatives from all four major parties running candidates in Vancouver have been invited. (To be confirmed)

There will be five national town hall debates on LGBTQ2 issues in the federal election. If you are in Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton (all on Oct 8), Ottawa-Gatineau (Oct 9) or Montreal (Oct 15) we invite your organization to attend in person. Further information

If you are not able to attend, we have confirmed that the Toronto debate (English) will be live-streamed on Tuesday, October 8th at 4:00 PM Pacific time (7:00 PM Eastern time). Watch here  It will also be on the XTRA website ( Please feel free to share this link with your members, staff, volunteers, etc.

You can still also enter in questions for the candidates here:

The Vancouver discussion will be moderated by Charmaine de Silva, News Director at NEWS 1130. Unlike riding-focused debates, this town hall will emphasize a range of issues of interest to LGBTQ2 communities in Canada.

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