I am pleased to rise in the house today to recognize that today, May 17, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

As part of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s ongoing efforts to promote diversity and respect in our classrooms, and to create environments where children and youth feel safe, accepted and supported as they learn and grow, we are pleased to support our students as they stand against homophobia and transphobia.

Our schools continue to make great strides in addressing the root causes of bullying by teaching our children and youth that the differences which make us each unique are something to be celebrated.

I encourage all members of the house to join with me in recognizing the importance of this day and the strides our society has made for the promotion of diversity and respect.