The B.C. Liberal Party says it will not participate in Vancouver’s Pride parade after refusing to sign a pledge calling for new legislation to protect transgender people, as required by organizers.
The city’s Pride parade is scheduled for Aug. 2. The Vancouver Pride Society announced in May it would require parade entrants to sign a pledge for transgender equality. The one-page document says the signee supports the passage of new provincial and federal legislation to better protect transgender and gender-variant Canadians from discrimination.
Laura Miller, the B.C. Liberal Party’s executive director, in an e-mail Wednesday confirmed the party will not participate in the parade.
“Vancouver Pride Society has drawn a line in the sand: Sign the pledge or don’t march. As much as we might want to participate, we will not change our point of view to do so,” she said.
“The party’s policy is clear. Every individual is equal. Every individual has the right to protection under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, which is inclusive of transgender and gender-variant people. Where we differ is whether these protections need to be explicitly stated.”
The Vancouver Pride Society, in a written statement, said people watching the parade this year “can take comfort knowing that the groups they see march in the parade support trans rights.”
“No political party will receive special treatment for the parade,” Bry Leckie, the society’s parade co-ordinator, wrote. “Political parties that march must sign the pledge on behalf of the party. If they refuse to stand up for LGBTQ2+ rights, they have no place at the parade.”
That’s a new one to me!
Seems, too, to be a B.C. only thing.
British Californians just have to be different, doncha know…
Elaine Allan, the federal Conservative Party’s candidate for Vancouver Centre, also signed the pledge. The society said it has not yet received a signed pledge from the federal Conservative party.
But will they discipline her, for acting so independently?
Of course not!