‘It’s a fresh start’: Alberta’s United Conservative Party affirms LGBTQ support


James Wood writes at the Calgary Herald:

After being rebuffed by Calgary Pride, the interim board of the United Conservative Party has passed a resolution affirming the new party’s support for the LGBTQ community.

Organizers of Calgary Pride recently blocked the UCP from marching in the Sept. 3 parade because the party — formed in July following a unity vote by the former Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties — does “not yet have clear policy in support of the gender and sexually diverse community.”

But on Wednesday evening, the UCP board approved a resolution saying the party affirms and supports the rights of LGBTQ Albertans under the Alberta Bill of Rights, the Human Rights Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

It also says the board will promote the inclusion of LGBTQ Albertans in the party.

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