Trudeau Liberals hope to retain LGBT support in October election in face of challenges from NDP and Greens

"Long-time Vancouver East NDP MP Libby Davies was the first openly queer female parliamentarian. "There were many civil servants, going back to the '60s, the '70s, and earlier who were fired, who faced terrible discrimination, some people who took their own life because of what they faced," Davies told the Straight before the 2014 Pride parade. "There has never been an official apology and we think there needs to be recognition for what people faced in that era and it calls upon the Canadian government to issue an official apology."