We remember LGBTQ+ Veterans

The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity will be laying a wreath in honour of LGBTQ+ Veterans as part of the National Rememberance Day Ceremonies in Ottawa.

This year, we are proud to be joined by WWII Veteran Captain Ken Tillberg who served as a Forces Signal officer and is openly gay. Tillberg said that he is looking forward to honouring his friends.

“For me, it is incredibly important to openly recognize the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer officers. Their voices are often silenced by homophobic and transphobic cultures in the forces that still exist today” said Captain Tillberg.

Two weeks ago, at the Pride Parliamentary Panel, the CCGSD reiterated to over 130 parliamentarians that an apology to those dishonourably discharged was not enough, and that there needs to be efforts to combat cultures and systems of discrimination within the armed forces.

The CCGSD will be following up with a full report from the Panel in the next few weeks.
“It is important to be visible and take action,” said Captain Tillberg. “The issues facing LGBTQ communities are not just legal limitations, but fundamental barriers that oppress and discriminate us.”