The colours of the rainbow are a little brighter this year. Those are the words of Dr Kristopher Wells as Friday kicks off Pride Week here in Edmonton.
Wells is the faculty director for the U of A’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services and he says that 2016 has seen great strides for the LGBTQ community.
“It was wonderful to be on Parliament Hill to watch the rainbow flag go up for the first time in Canada’s history. Here today in Alberta to see the rainbow pride flag go up in front of the RCMP headquarters. These are real signs of social progress in our world.”
That’s not all. Wells says Pride is also special this year for the progress being made in government.
“More importantly is to see the federal government introduce legislation to strengthen protections for Transgendered Canadians is perhaps even more important than raising the flag.
He says 52 weeks of the year straight couples can publicly show affection, and says LGBTQ people don’t enjoy the same comfort.
“You know, that’s still not a reality for LGBTQ people. There’s still in Edmonton very few places where same sex couples will feel comfortable showing affection the same way heterosexual couples do. We will have achieved equality when no one needs to come out anymore because it just doesn’t matter, but sadly, we’re not there yet.”
He recalls that it wasn’t more than 45 years ago that homosexual behavior was a criminal offense here in Canada.
Details on Pride week festivities can be found by clicking right here.