The former Minister for Social Protection continued: "Countries that are progressive, open and diverse, like Canada and Ireland have a responsibility to other people in other parts of the world where equality and equal rights are under threat and the clock is being turned backwards.
"We need to use our voices to stand up to communities who face real threats and real dangers."Mr Varadkar, the son of an Indian immigrant doctor, came out in 2015 in the run-up to Ireland's referendum on equal marriage, which at the time made him Ireland's first openly gay cabinet member in Ireland. Meanwhile, Montreal Pride week saw the City of Montreal and its police force issue an historic public apology to the LGBT community for past institutional discrimination and crackdowns on gay bars and clubs from the 1970s to the 1990s, CBC News reports. The future of city's Pride event also looks assured after the federal government announced on Sunday (August 20) that it would be giving $463,000 in funding to the organisation that puts together the annual celebration of LGBT+ equality. "This colourful party allows us to celebrate the culture and pride of LGBTQ2 communities," said Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly. "And allows us to bring together people of all ages and backgrounds." Check out some highlights from Montreal Pride parade below: More stories: Aaron Carter says he's not interested in dating men Celebrity Big Brother's Chad Johnson left exposed while getting intimate with Sarah Harding