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Canada has frequently been referred to as one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world, with its largest cities often named among the most gay-friendly cities in the world, and featuring their own gay areas and communities such as Toronto's Church and Wellesley neighbourhood, Montreal's Gay Village commercial district, Vancouver's Davie Village and Ottawa's Bank Street Gay Village.
Since 1982, the Constitution of Canada has guaranteed fundamental human rights to the LGBT community, as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which applies to all legal instruments, "shall be interpreted in a manner consistent with the preservation and enhancement of the multicultural heritage of Canadians".
Same-sex sexual activity has been lawful in Canada since June 27, 1969, when the Criminal Law Amendment Act (also known as Bill C-150) came into force upon royal assent.During the British North American era, same-sex sexual activity between men was a capital crime and resulted in the death penalty.However, there is no surviving record of any executions, and political figures were reluctant to enforce the law.Every summer, Canada's LGBT community celebrates gay pride in all major cities, with many political figures from the federal, provincial and municipal scenes.
A global survey conducted in March 2013 showed that 80% of Canada's general population (87% among Canadians aged between 18 and 29) favoured social acceptance of homosexuality, which represented an increase of 10% in public opinion, within six years.The Blackfoot term aakíí'skassi (meaning "acts like a woman"; also spelt a'yai-kik-ahsi) describes men who dress as women and typically perform chores and activities associated with women, such as basket weaving and pottery making.