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Merci, Quebec

As the French expression goes, vive la différence. The phrase sounded like much more than a mere collection of words 37 years ago this month. That’s when Quebec became Canada’s first province—and only the second jurisdiction worldwide—to enact legislation outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation. Until then, Denmark was alone in extending full equality to all of its citizens. Quebec’s brave move helped pave the way for the LGBT rights that are part of the very fabric of Canada today. Vive le Quebec.

 

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