Calgary Pride turns down UCP bid to march in parade

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Elizabeth Cameron writes in Metro News Calgary:

You won’t see the province’s newest political party marching in the Calgary Pride parade this year, but event organizers say the United Conservative party (UCP) could participate in the future if its platform and policies are crafted to be inclusive.

Calgary Pride president and executive producer Jason Kingsley said in a letter to the UCP this week their application to participate in the annual parade had been denied because their party lacks clear policies in support of the LGBTQ community.

“We would like to encourage a collaborative learning opportunity prior to participating as parade entries,” Kingsley wrote.

He said if the caucus demonstrates a commitment to the community through their platform and policies and takes part in Pride training sessions provided by the Calgary Sexual Health Centre, UCP MLAs could join in during future parades.

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