Justin Trudeau has made history by becoming the first Canadian leader to appear on the cover of LGBT magazine Attitude.
The Liberal Party leader has become a trailblazer of sorts when it comes to championing LGBT rights, marching in Canada’s Gay Pride march alongside Ireland’s first openly-gay Prime Minister Leo Varadkar earlier this year in August.
Speaking to the magazine, he says: ‘The LGBT+ community has become emblematic of the fight for human rights. The fact that so many people have gone for so long feeling that they had to be ashamed, or hide something about their core identity to fit into society is a lesson for everyone to push against.
‘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.’
He also talks about his concerns for global politics in a Trump-era world, as well as how he’s settled into his role after two years in office.
He’s not the first prominent politician to feature on the cover, with David Cameron and Tony Blair previously appearing, as well as Prince William, who was widely praised for his decision.