The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, to receive the 2016 Laurent McCutcheon Award for his commitment to fighting homophobia and transphobia.

Published by May 16, 2016 12:44 pm

In collaboration with the National Bank, official partner of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Montreal, May 16, 2016 At a ceremony to be hosted by Marguerite Blais on May 16th at the National Bank of Canada headquarters in Montreal, Fondation Émergence will present the 2016 Laurent McCutcheon Award to the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

This award is presented annually to a personality who has made a significant contribution throughout their career to the fight against homophobia and transphobia. With the presentation of the 2016 Laurent McCutcheon Award, Claude Leblond, President of Fondation Émergence, and the Board of Directors hope to highlight the unparallelled commitment made by Mr. Trudeau to demystify the realities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals for the general public across Quebec and Canada.

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, has brought tangible change in the recognition and respect of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals to the political front. His commitment to the rights of LGBT people cannot be denied. In particular, Mr. Trudeau:

  • Made a commitment to adopt a law to further protect the rights of trans individuals;
  • Confirmed that he will be the first Prime Minister to participate to the a Gay Pride Parade in the summer of 2016;
  • Respected his commitment to ensuring that Canadian diversity be reflected in his government and included LGBT persons by incorporating 4 LGBT MPs in his caucus, a record for the Liberal Party of Canada;
  • Announced his intention to put an end to the discriminatory ban that prevents men who have had sexual relations with other men from giving blood;
  • Officially declared that his intention to pardon homosexuals who had been convicted for their sexual orientation prior to 1969;
  • Often said that the right to same-sex marriage constitutes one of his core political principles;
  • Took part, as promised, in the 2015 Vancouver Pride Parade, despite the fact that early elections were called the same day;
  • Encouraged the entry of LGBT Syrian refugees into Canada;
  • Took tangible, everyday actions to openly demonstrate his alliance with the LGBT community, such as posing for photos with Scott Brion, his partner, and their twin daughters, and sending a card of encouragement to Degas Sikorski, a victim of homophobia, also signed by several cabinet members and MPs.

For the occasion, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Quebec and leader in the fight against homophobia and transphobia will present the Laurent McCutcheon Award to Mr. Trudeau. Stéphanie Vallée will present the award created by artist Danielle Roy, who drew her inspiration from the Pink Ball installation by landscape architect Claude Cormier.

Official Event Partner

The National Bank has shown its commitment for the past three years as an official partner of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. “The National Bank is committed to promoting a culture of openness, because the business world represents one of the most important dimensions of inclusion. It is therefore with great pride that we join forces with Fondation Émergence to highlight the significant contribution of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau to LGBT communities across Canada,” announced David Pinsonneault.

About Fondation Émergence

Fondation Émergence works to fight against homophobia and transphobia, and for the rights and inclusion of LGBT individuals in society by means of different programs.

Founded in 2000, Fondation Émergence initiated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in 2003.

With the Laurent McCutcheon Award presented annually to a public personality, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau joins 14 previous recipients: Monique Giroux (2015), Michel Marc Bouchard (2014), Ariane Moffatt (2013), Fabienne Larouche (2012), Xavier Dolan (2011), Michel Tremblay (2010), Dany Turcotte (2009), Marc-André Bédard and Joanne Kathleen Rowling (2008), Mark Tewksbury (2007), Canadian MPs (2006), Raymond Gravel (2004), Janette Bertrand (2003). Mr. Trudeau’s father, the Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau, received the award posthumously in 2005.

About the National Bank of Canada

With $214 billion in assets on January 31, 2015, the National Bank of Canada ( and its subsidiaries form one of the largest Canadian integrated financial groups. It employs over 21,000 people and is a recognized employer of choice. Its stock is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA: TSX). Follow its activities on or social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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