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Fight against homophobia: Quebec doubles the budgets

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Minister Martine Biron will unveil the 2023-2028 Plan to Combat Homophobia and Transphobia on Thursday.

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Nearly $24 million will be dedicated to the fight against homophobia and transphobia in Quebec over the next five years, Radio-Canada has learned. The minister responsible for this file, Martine Biron, must unveil her entire plan Thursday morning in Montreal.

This is the largest amount never granted to this cause in Quebec since the adoption of the very first plan to combat homophobia by the Liberal government of Jean Charest in 2011.

In total, $23.7 million will be used to finance the Plan to Combat Homophobia and Transphobia 2023-2028. This is more than twice the amount invested in the previous plan, around $10 million for the period 2017-2022.

According to our information , this new plan will focus on three main objectives: ensuring the stability and continuity of community action, promoting respect for the rights of LGBTQ+ people and improving practices in public services.

During a press conference scheduled for Thursday morning in Montreal, Minister Martine Biron is expected to unveil a total of 44 measures. Some will be taken from the previous plan and will be improved. Others will be completely new measures.

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Martine Biron is responsible for the fight against homophobia and transphobia within the Legault government.

Although Radio-Canada has not been able to confirm the details of the 44 measures contained in this plan, it is likely to be received favorably, or even with a sigh of relief in the case of some.

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Various events have indeed caused concern among actors in the LGBTQ+ community in Quebec in recent months.

The absence of a trans or non-binary person on the committee of wise men responsible for studying questions relating to gender identity has sparked its share of criticism, for example.

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Meanwhile, some wondered why Minister Biron was delaying unveiling her Plan to Combat Homophobia and Transphobia 2023-2028 since the submission of this plan was expected in September.

According to our information, however, this plan will meet the community's expectations on several aspects, including recognition of the contribution of LGBTQ+ actors working in the field.

As much as $11 million, nearly half of the money available, will be used to fund community organizations and strengthen support networks for people of sexual and gender diversity.

The government plans, among other things, to create an LGBTQ+ prize from 2024 as well as a web directory which would bring together all the tools and resources developed as part of the Fight Plan.

Approximately $4.6 million should be invested to recognize sexual and gender diversity through an awareness strategy aimed at the general public. More targeted content for the sports community and for health professionals, in particular, is also planned.

The Office to Combat Homophobia and Transphobia will receive $4 million to ensure its sustainability in the Quebec government.

The remaining few million dollars will be used, among other things, to create information tools on the rights of LGBTQ+ people and to train public service workers in the realities experienced by LGBTQ+ people.

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