Late Jack Layton’s Push for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Rights Celebrated at 2011 Inspire Awards

December 14, 2011

TORONTO – Ending injustice towards LGBT individuals and fighting for their civil rights was always at the heart of Jack Layton. It was this passion and commitment that was honoured at the 2011 Inspire Awards in the form of a posthumous lifetime achievement award for the late NDP stalwart.

Olivia Chow, who continues the fight for gay rights in Parliament, sent a video message to the event participants. She emphasized the importance of both public figures speaking out for LGBT equality as well as grassroots efforts to build the cause from the ground up.

Among Jack’s contribution to the queer community, the Member of Parliament for Trinity-Spadina highlighted Canada’s first municipally sponsored AIDS strategy and achieving marriage equality.

The award for Jack’s contribution to the queer community was accepted by Mike and Sarah Layton on behalf of their late father. The City Councillor expressed his gratitude at the ceremony:“What a tremendously proud night for our family. Thank you for your love and support and for honouring Jack here tonight.”

Further reading: Xtra Magazine article