"Giving young people opportunities and role models is part of making it better now,â€� said NDP LGBT critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt â€“ Juan de Fuca). â€œBy creating opportunities for LGBT youth to meet and shadow a LGBT MP, we are showing them that their voices count and that there is space for them to be involved in politics.â€�
So far, along with Garrison and Morin, NDP MPs Libby Davies (Vancouver East), Phil Toone (GaspÃ©sieâ€”ÃŽles-de-la-Madeleine) and Craig Scott (Toronto-Danforth) as well as Liberal MP Scott Brison (Kingsâ€”Hants) have stepped forward to be the inaugural Rainbow Day mentors.
â€œIt is an honour to work with Jerâ€™s Vision,â€� said Morin. â€œThey have shown us that the best anti bullying programs involve inspiring people and giving them hope.â€�
The NDP LGBT Caucus is working closely with Jerâ€™s Vision, a leading anti-bullying and anti-discrimination organization that runs programs all over Canada and the United States.
â€œWhile homophobia is still a daily fact of life for many within our community, there is also a lot to celebrate,â€� said Jeremy Dias, founder of Jerâ€™s Vision. â€œThis event was designed to both inspire and remind LGBT youth the contributions LGBT people make across the country.â€�
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