Canada’s LGBTQ population now 1 million — but hate crimes are rising too: Statistics Canada

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06/15/2021

Canada is now home to about one million people who identify as members of the LGBTQ community, with people under the age of 25 accounting for a disproportionately large share of the LGBTQ population. That’s according to a new report by Statistics Canada which seeks to paint a “statistical portrait” of the country’s LGTBQ population in recognition of Pride month. The data, which Statistics Canada has been collecting since 2003, show that Canada’s LGBTQ population is skewed heavily toward young people. Around 30 per cent of LGBTQ Canadians are between the ages of 15 and 24 — an age group that accounts for just 14 per cent of the non-LGBTQ population. Only seven per cent of Canada’s LGTBQ population is 65 or older. People in the same age group make up 21 per cent of the non-LGBTQ population. The report details a number of momentous developments and legal changes that have affected the lives of LGBTQ Canadians since the start of the 21st century, including the legalization of same-sex marriage and new protections for gender identity and expression written into the Canadian Human Rights Act.

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