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$24M to counter homophobia: a sum historical, according to Diversity 02

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The director of Diversité 02, Roxanne Gervais, welcomes Quebec's announcement made Thursday to double the budgets for the fight against homophobia and transphobia.

The announcement was made by the Minister responsible for the Status of Women and responsible for the fight against homophobia and transphobia, Martine Biron.

Nearly $24 million will be allocated over the next five years.

Approximately half of the amount will go directly to community organizations that work to support and include LGBTQ+ people.

We are really, really happy with this announcement. I will actually repeat the words of the director of the Quebec Council, it is a historic sum. There has never been so much money released for the Office to Combat Homophobia, in the plan to combat homophobia and transphobia. So of course we could say that it's never enough money because it's always good to have the maximum reimbursement, but it's ;is still something really really very positive for us, declared Roxanne Gervais in an interview during the show Place publique on Thursday.

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Thus, this money will allow the regional organization to improve its services. Diversité 02, unlike others in Quebec, covers a very large territory and must therefore travel a lot

What we know is that it will allow us to have an increase in money at the mission. So it’s money that comes back and allows us to offer our basic services. The other thing that has been improved, which will help us, is that before the response plan, there were project submissions lasting 12 months while now the projects will be able to be over a longer period of time, therefore larger projects of greater scale which will allow us to offer better, more concrete services, she continued.

On the other hand, Roxanne Gervais recognizes that Quebec sends messages that may seem contradictory. Remember that the absence of a trans or non-binary person on the committee of wise people responsible for studying issues relating to gender identity has been criticized by many.

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