In 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
Although we have come far. . .
We still have a long way to go.
Lesbians, gays, Bisexuals, and transgender people still face a lot of discrimination.
Whether it’s through a governmental system . . .
Or through personal discrimination.
In fact, 30% of suicides are related to sexual orientation issues.
Unfortunately religion is one institution that has been slow to adopt any changes. . .
Most major religious text denounces the LGBT community. . .
And therefore make it hard for religion to accept things are changing.
We are excited to introduce our next speaker Gary.
He is a United Church minister.
And has worked in Vancouver for over 3 decades.
Including the Downtown Eastside.
He is also the first openly gay person in the world to lead a major Christian denomination.
To learn more about Gary and to buy tickets for TEDxStanleyPark click HERE.