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Federal government to apologize for discrimination

Friday, November 24, 2017

A UWaterloo expert is available to speak to the media about the historic apology that the prime minister is expected to issue for the number of people fired from government jobs, pressured to quit jobs in public service or charged because of their sexual orientation. Justin Trudeau is anticipated to make the apology in the House of Commons on November 28.

Corey Johnson — Applied Health Sciences

Corey Johnson is a professor of recreation and leisure studies at the University of Waterloo, and has a research focus on creating safer environments for LGBTQ2 youth in institutional settings such as camps, secondary schools, and universities. He also co-produced two documentaries, Be there for me: Collective memories of LGBTQ youth in high school, and We exist: Collective memories of transgender, queer and questioning youth

"The Canadian government's apology is important because it sends a clear message to all citizens that the country can no longer sanitize its historical mistreatment of LGBTQ2 as a just act. I think it also sets a tone for our future, demanding that inclusion and affirmation of people who identify as part of the LGBTQ2 community be treated with respect and as full and equal members of society. "

Corey Johnson

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