June 1, 2018 (Edmonton) – The Alberta Party Caucus is wishing all LGBTQ2S+ Albertans a happy and safe Pride Month. The history of Pride in Alberta includes marches where people felt they had to hide their identity by covering their faces. Now we see joyful, inclusive celebrations that families often attend.
Pride was established to honour the Stonewall riots of 1969, when the LGBT community launched demonstrations against a legal system that discriminated against them.
“Pride celebrations have been held in Alberta for almost 40 years, and Alberta also played an important role in advancing the legal rights afforded to those of all sexual orientations,” said MLA Karen McPherson.
“The Vriend decision to include sexual orientation as protected under the Alberta Human Rights Act laid the foundation for equal treatment before the law regardless of who you love.”
McPherson went on to add that it is important to remember the roots of Pride as a protest against discrimination and unfair treatment.
“Pride is political, and we need to keep that in mind. As recently as last year we had legislation before the house to protect the privacy of students in GSA’s, legislation that saw significant opposition from some political parties.”
While much progress has been made in advancing the equal rights of the LGBTQ2S+ community, this month is a reminder we all need to keep working to make our province an inclusive and accepting place for all Albertans.
The Alberta Party Caucus looks forward to joining Albertans in celebrating Pride across the province.
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Director of Communications
Alberta Party Caucus