Police uniforms barred from 2018 Vancouver Pride parade

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Bethany Lindsay writes at CBC British Columbia:

Police officers will not be allowed to wear their uniforms when they march in Vancouver’s Pride parade in 2018, organizers have announced.

The decision came after organizers heard from members of the city’s LGBTQ community who said a highly visible police presence made them uncomfortable, according to Vancouver Pride Society executive director Andrea Arnot.

“Everyone needs to feel safe and comfortable to be in the parade,” she told CBC News. “We never set out to ban the police from being in the parade…. It was, how could they participate in the parade in a way that made people feel safe?”

The decision was made at the Pride society’s annual general meeting in September, but Arnot said organizers have kept it quiet while they inform community groups about the change in policy.

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