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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on cover of LGBT magazine: ‘Politics of fear and division don’t work’

With so many people feeling like leadership in the U.S. is at such a low point right now, it’s nice to know that some world leaders seem to have open hearts and minds.

It was in the summer of 2016 that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made history as the country’s first leader to march at a Gay Pride event.

Now, the Liberal Party politician is marking another milestone as Canada’s first Prime Minister to appear on the cover of an international LGBT magazine.

In a world exclusive interview and shoot in the January issue of Attitude,Trudeau, 45, opens up about the growing fear and division in world politics, equality, his first two years in office, and how his work at a student sexual assault centre shaped his political career.

“If you allay people’s anxieties and fears about their own economic future, about their jobs and about their kids’ futures, it’s easier to build a cohesive, inclusive and positive society,” he says. “The politics of fear and division don’t work that well.”

He also says: “Every time someone says to me, ‘Why do you still feel it’s important to walk Prides?’ [I say] it’s because there’s so much more to do, and the more that we are exposed to stories that reveal our own biases, the privileges we take for granted, that other people don’t have, the better we’ll be at standing up for other people’s rights and opportunities.”

The Canadian leader’s appearance on the cover of Attitude comes after he issued a heartfelt apologized for the historic persecution of gay people in Canada, and introduced previously-announced legislation to pardon those convicted of historic gay sex offenses.

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