Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan releases statement commemorating Pride Month
Calgary, AB - June 1, 2019:
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan has issued the following statement in recognition of Pride Month:
“As the first openly-gay Leader of a political party in our province, I am proud and privileged to join with Albertans in celebrating LGBTQ2S+ communities across Alberta.
“Alberta Liberals led all political parties in support for LGBTQ2S+ Albertans in 2014 with Private Member’s Bill 202 to make gay-straight alliances (GSAs) mandatory in schools where students ask for them.
“The former PC government credited the Alberta Liberals as the driving force behind the GSA legislation that eventually became Bill 10, and in 1994 we were the first party to call for sexual orientation to be added as a prohibited ground of discrimination to the Alberta Human Rights Act.
“I urge Premier Jason Kenney to reverse his planned elimination of school GSA club protections for vulnerable LGBTQ2S+ youth and leave these fundamental protections in the School Act in place. He must now represent all Albertans in a fair and equitable manner.
“We have been calling on the provincial government to ban conversion therapy, and will continue to fight for an end to this hateful practice in Alberta and at the federal level, and for progress on other LGBTQ2S+ Albertans’ issues, like fair and accessible access to hormone therapy and Medicare-insured gender reassignment surgery for Trans Albertans.
“All Albertans can be proud of the important progress we are achieving towards a more inclusive society. We are all helping to establish Alberta as a safer and more welcoming place for LGBTQ2S+ individuals.
“We invite all Albertans to express support for Alberta’s LGBTQ2S+ communities during Pride Month.”
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan will be attending Pride events across the province, including the third-annual Taber Pride on Saturday, June 9, from 2:00-6:00 pm, in Confederation Park (corner of 50th Avenue & 50th Street), where Mr. Khan will be speaking at the raising of the Pride flag at 1:00 pm (held at the Provincial Building, 5011 - 49th Avenue).