October 11 is recognized as National Coming Out Day, and is officially described as being a day to “celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ).” With tens of thousands of Canadians identifying as LGBTQ+ across the country, it is undoubtedly an important day for so many people. However, there was only one major party leader that took the time to recognize the day on Twitter, and that was the New Democratic Party leader, Jagmeet Singh.
Jagmeet Singh has been making headlines repeatedly recently, for his hilarious one-liners at the federal leaders’ debates and his Instagram DM’s with Rihanna. Now, he is being appreciated by some Canadians online once again, this time for being the only major party leader in Canada to tweet about National Coming Out Day.
In an emotive tweet on Friday afternoon, Singh took to Twitter to say, “If you've been treated differently because of who you are, or who you love. If you've felt you couldn't share a part of yourself with the world. If you've been made to feel afraid or been hurt – we see you. You’re loved. You matter. We're proud of you.”
The tweet received many positive responses from Singh's followers, who took to Twitter to tell the NDP leader how much his post meant to them.
One Twitter user responded, “Thank you, Jagmeet. That message is really what my 16 year old self needed to hear when I was abandoned by family because of who I loved.”
Another explained, “I can’t even begin to explain how breathtaking it is to walk with you (and Andrea!) every year at Pride Toronto. Knowing we have party leaders who truly care about LGBTQ Canadians is incredibly reassuring during this times of a rise in anti-LGBTQ hate crimes.”
Somebody else shared a similar message, writing, “Thanks, man. This truly means a lot to me.”
While Canada’s other major party leaders, including the Prime Minister, didn’t acknowledge National Coming Out Day on their Twitter channels, Trudeau, Scheer and May did recognize International Day of the Girl, which was also lands on October 11.
Trudeau simply tweeted a link to his official statement, adding, "Girls are the future, and the future starts today."
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer shared a photo of his three daughters, adding, "As the father of these three girls, I want to help ensure every girl here in Canada and around the world has the opportunity to succeed."
While Green Party leader Elizabeth May retweeted others' messages about the day, PPC leader Maxime Bernier did not comment on the day at all.
Narcity reached out to the Conservatives, the Liberals, the Greens and the PPC, to ask if any of the party leaders have an official statement regarding National Coming Out Day. This article will be updated when a response has been received.
With October's federal election now only days away, it remains to be seen which of the country's major party leaders will come out on top!