Why Navdeep Bains marched in the Pride parade

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Better late than never can be said about federal cabinet minister Navdeep Bain’s decision to march in the Pride parade in Toronto last week.

In an interview with a media outlet, Bains acknowledged he should have done it earlier and that a conversation with his young daughters about discrimination and bullying led him to realize he needed to advocate more aggressively for equality and what better way than to do it visibly at a Pride parade with cameras all pointed at you.

“I was talking to my girls and they were asking me questions about what did LBGTQ2 stand for. They were talking to me about bullying, all those challenges that still exist among young kids,” said Bains, father of Nanki, 10, and Kirpa, 7.

The conversation was around the fact that people can face discrimination for many reasons that include background and sexual orientation.

“I take enormous pride telling my daughters, ‘Be proud of who you are. Be proud of your culture, your religious faith, your identity,’” Bains said in an interview in his Parliament Hill office.

“For someone who wears a kirpan, someone who wears a turban, someone who practises their faith outwards and (is) a proud Canadian, it meant a lot,” he said. – CINEWS

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