UCP legislature members banned from Alberta Pride events in push for policy changes

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05/21/2024

An Alberta queer community organizer says a Pride ban on United Conservative Party legislature members challenges Premier Danielle Smith to start matching words with actions. “There’s absolutely no reason to invite the UCP to engage in our cultural celebrations while they are legislating against us,” James Demers of Queer Citizens United said in an interview Tuesday. “They’re trying to appeal to their extremely radicalized right-wing base by attacking queer people.” Demers comments came after the Calgary-based organization, representing 14 groups provincewide, announced Friday that members of Smith’s caucus are not welcome to attend Pride events this summer.

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