Trudeau visits Vancouver gay bar to mark city's LGBT Pride week

Trudeau visits Vancouver gay bar to mark city's LGBT Pride week
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauOur last best chance of redemption: Why Congress needs to pass USMCA Pelosi updates Trudeau on status of Trump's NAFTA revamp Has the G-7 outlived its usefulness? MORE on Tuesday helped mark LGBT Pride week in Vancouver by visiting a gay bar in the city. 

“Vancouver is gearing up for #Pride weekend right now, but the spirit of pride and inclusivity is strong here all year long!” Trudeau said on Twitter. “Thanks to the folks at @fountainheadVAN for the warm welcome today.”

Trudeau's visit to the Fountainhead Pub effectively makes him the first sitting Canadian prime minister to visit a gay bar, according to NBC News
 
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Trudeau has continually extended support to the LGBT community during his time as prime minister. In 2016, he became the first sitting prime minister to participate in the Toronto Pride parade. 
 
In 2017, he delivered an apology to gay Canadians who experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation from the 1950s to the early 1990s, saying that "it is our collective shame that you were so mistreated."

"And it is our collective shame that this apology took so long — many who suffered are no longer alive to hear these words. And for that, we are truly sorry," he said in the House of Commons, the Canadian Broadcasting Company noted

Trudeau also proposed legislation that expunged the records of Canadians who were convicted of "consensual homosexual activity" during that time, NBC News added. The legislation was passed last year.