Once again, Calgary Pride has made the disappointing choice to put politics ahead of participation in their recent decision to exclude the United Conservative Party of Alberta (UCP) from taking part in the Calgary Pride parade. LGBTory has heard from our members across Alberta, and it is clear to us that, more then ever, LGBTQ+ people in the conservative movement feel like they are not represented by the politicized and radical ideologues behind Pride organizations across our province.
The UCP has more than 120 000 members from every community that calls our province home, including the LGBTQ+ community. It is short-sighted to deny those LGBTQ+ Albertans who believe in low taxes, individual liberty, smaller government, and a strong free-market economy the opportunity to stand tall and be proud of who they are at Pride festivals. Calgary Pride is an opportunity to move forward together, and to clearly show to Albertans that every major party stands for equality, compassion, and solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. Instead, left-wing Pride activists choose to engage in ideologically-driven politics aimed at exclusion and settling old scores.
More disturbing, however, than the move to silence LGBTQ+ conservatives are the attacks on the people who serve our community in the Calgary Police Service. Not only is Pride excluding those who literally put their lives on the line to protect us, they are telling LGBTQ+ police officers that they don’t have a place in our community. This is deeply flawed thinking that, like the decision to exclude the UCP, dwells on past grievances and refuses to acknowledge the progress that has been made in outreach by the Calgary Police to the LGBTQ+ community.
LGBTory looks forward to working with the UCP in welcoming members of the LGBTQ+ community in a separate event at Calgary Pride, where we will proudly stand with the largest political party in Alberta, along with our police in uniform, in celebrating Pride without prejudice.
Alberta Coordinator, LGBTory Canada