Federal Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan made a bold gesture and statement when he danced on the Sher Vancouver Pride of Bollywood Float at the Vancouver Pride Parade on Sunday.
Needless to say the South Asian LGBT community was thrilled by that support.
“This sent a very public message from a senior Canadian government minister who happens to be South Asian and Sikh that LGBTQ South Asians deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, and equality. Minister Sajjan is helping to break down barriers in our community. We thank him for that. He made our Pride,” said Alex Sangha, Founder of Sher Vancouver and last year’s Grand Marshall of the Vancouver Pride Parade.
The South Asian LGBT community in Vancouver and for that matter anywhere in Canada has a problem getting acceptance often within their own families and the larger community. The fear of social and family ostracism torments many who refuse to come out of the closet often with tragic or horrifying results.-CINEWS