Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan to march with YYC VOICES in the 2019 Calgary Pride Parade
Calgary, AB (July 30, 2019): David Khan has been invited to march in the 2019 Calgary Pride Parade with YYC VOICES, Calgary's Coalition of Two-Spirit, Trans, Queer and Straight people of colour.
“David Khan is Alberta's first openly-gay leader of a major political party and a leading advocate for LQBTQ2S+ rights. I am proud to invite him to march with VOICES representing himself as a queer person of colour (“QPOC”),” says Michelle Robinson, Co-Founder and Allied Board Member of YYC VOICES.
The Alberta Liberal Caucus has a strong record of advancing LGBTQ2S+ human rights in this province. More than 5 years ago Liberal MLAs Laurie Blakeman and Kent Hehr spearheaded Motion 503 and Bill 202 (which became a government Bill 10). This historic legislation enshrined protections for Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and vulnerable LGBTQ2S+ youth in Alberta law.
Alberta Liberal candidate Devon Hargreaves and his organization YQueerL tabled a petition in the House of Commons in 2018 demanding a ban to conversion therapy by the Federal Government. The Federal government has now promised to table a government bill on this issue in the future. The Alberta Liberal Party has been calling for a provincial ban on conversion therapy since 2016.
David Khan says, “I’m proud to be Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party and our ongoing efforts fighting for LGBTQ2S+ rights and protections in our province. I am also proud to march in this year’s Calgary Pride Parade with VOICES. We all recognize more work must be done to protect vulnerable groups, including trans Albertans and queer people of colour, visible minorities and Indigenous peoples. These are all issues the Alberta Liberals and I are passionate about and will continue to advance.
“We will continue to advocate for GSA protections, a ban on conversion therapy, and improving respectful relationships between visible minorities, government and police. We will also walk together with Indigenous peoples on the long road to reconciliation.”