Wynne says parents praise her for being "out"
TORONTO – Kathleen Wynne says parents in Ontario frequently tell her that having an openly-gay premier makes life safer for their homosexual children.
Wynne insists she’s not a gay activist, but says being a lesbian in the premier’s office allows people to see society is changing for the better.
She says people tell her their daughters feel they can do anything when they see a woman premier, and fathers say their gay sons or daughters see her presence in the premier’s office as key to helping change people’s attitudes.
Speaking at the anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day at Agincourt Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, Wynne said one father told her that just having an “out” premier helps make the world a safer place for his gay son.
Wynne told the students about her own experience in high school in the 1960s, saying no one would come out then as gay, and in many cases would not even tell their parents about their sexuality.
She said she wants a world where people can be loved for who they are regardless of their sexual orientation or gender.
Wynne rarely raises the issue of her homosexuality, but has spoken about it three times in the past week, condemning Indiana’s religious freedom law, voting against so-called conversion therapy and at the anti-bullying rally.
“It’s not every other week that I talk about my sexuality…but it’s part of who I am,” Wynne told reporters. “I recognize that it’s important for me to be clear that I see that I have a responsibility, because of who I am, to do everything I can to make our society safer and more inclusive.”
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By The Canadian Press