Justin Trudeau has made history as the first Canadian Prime Minister to appear on the cover of an international LGBT magazine.
Trudeau has been featured on the cover of Attitude magazine, the UK's best-selling and award-winning gay magazine.
This isn’t the first time Trudeau has publicly shown his support for the LGBT community.
In the summer of 2016, Trudeau became the first Canadian Prime Minister to march at a Gay Pride event when he joined in the parade in Toronto.
He also took part in the inaugural Canada Pride 2017 in Montreal this summer, marching alongside Ireland’s first openly gay Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.
Gracing the cover of Attitude’s January issue, Trudeau spoke to the magazine about the importance of upholding human rights for all.
“The LGBT+ community has become emblematic of the fight for human rights," he said.
“The fact that so many people have gone for so long feeling that they had to be ashamed, or hide about their core identity to fit into society is a lesson for everyone to push against.”
Although progress has been made in the fight for LGBT rights, Trudeau is emphatic that there is still more to be done in future.
“Every time someone says to me, ‘Why do you still feel it’s important to walk Prides?’ [I say] it’s because there’s so much more to do, and the more that we are exposed to stories that reveal our own biases, the privileges we take for granted, that other people don’t have, the better we’ll be standing up for other people’s rights and opportunities.”
Trudeau’s appearance on the cover of Attitude comes after the Liberal Party politician gave a heartfelt apology to members of the LGBT community who were treated unjustly by the Canadian government during the Cold War.
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