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Pride Calgary celebrates the support of LQBTQA ally: Premier Alison Redford
Released: Wednesday June 13, 2012 (Calgary, AB) - Pride Calgary
The Pride Calgary
team commends the Alberta government and the leadership of Premier Redford and
Health Minister Fred Horne for reinstating gender reassignment surgery last
week. Of this Vice President of Pride Calgary, Jason Fraser states, "It
IS the right thing to do. It’s inspiring for us to see the Albertan
government moving towards strengthening human rights in this province. This
surgery is a medical necessity for trans-people and to have the provincial
government acknowledge this, even with the loud voices of dissention in the
opposition, is a very big step forward."
Other big steps
forward include Calgary receiving the accolade of "Cultural Capital of Canada".
To the Pride Calgary Board of Directors this honour means that they will plan
Calgary’s most fully realized vision of "creative, connected, communities" (as
per the Calgary 2012 mandate). Taking the goals of Calgary 2012 to heart
the team is working hard to "raise awareness of the richness of Calgary’s
cultural assets" and to "empower celebration and participation in every Calgary
community", in this case especially, the LGBTQA community. Part of these
initiatives will include helping Calgary’s LGBTQA community build a stronger sense
of identity within the city.
President Dallas Barnes states, "We have worked tirelessly throughout the year
to make sure that Pride 2012 is the best yet." This weekend
part of that tireless work included heading up to Edmonton Pride to hear
Premier Alison Redford’s address and celebrate the newest human rights victory
for trans-people. The team was also curious to see if Wildrose Party
Leader Danielle Smith would appear to support Pride as alleged although she
opposed the provincial government’s reinstatement of gender reassignment
surgery. Although Smith did not appear at the event, when it comes to
having the support of political leaders Barnes asserts, "For Calgarians and
Albertans to ‘play’ the diversity ‘game’, we must empower our allies. Allies
are people who are wildly supportive and onboard with our cause AND people who
may disagree or have resistance to what we are up to. Many of us are
motivated by the nay-sayer ally to take a stronger stand for what we believe
and are even more empowered to use our voices in the face of dissonance.
There is no question that this year Pride Calgary is sending out a call for
action to engage and activate this city’s allies and the entire LGBTQA
official Pride Calgary details will not be released until July Barnes affirms,
"We are encouraging the entire community, along with our allies to
really make a difference in this year's Calgary Pride. Pride is nothing
without our community and we insist on being inclusive. The Pride team is
working hard to ensure that we are empowering celebration and participation
within Calgary’s LQBTQA community. Starting now we are asking that all
Calgarians take some time to consider what Pride means to you and get ready to
showcase your pride by joining our celebration of diversity in September."
The Calgary Pride
2012 Parade is Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 12 PM beginning at Olympic
Plaza and heading west down Stephen Avenue to Shaw Millennium Park
(free). Shaw Millennium Park is the official location for the Pride
Calgary Street Festival, which will take place from 12 PM - 6 PM and feature
music, dancing, community booths and a beer garden (free entrance).