To all of my Canadian readers, I would like to wish you a happy Canada Day. For LGBT people around the world, Canada exists as a beacon of hope and tolerance in a sea of hatred. Since 2005, when the Martin Government legalized same-sex marriage after Court rulings in the provinces forced their hand, LGBT Canadians have enjoyed many of the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts. Though Canada still has a long way to go (for example, transgender protections), its light of equality shines in the mist of a world where LGBT people are still not equal. Thank you Canada, and Happy Canada Day!!