CALGARY – Pride Calgary is pleased to see the Alberta Legislature make positive amendments to, and pass, Bill 10, which allows students to form Gay-Straight Alliances in Alberta schools. It is encouraging that the Alberta Government spent the time to listen to Albertans, particularly our youth, and took initiative in proposing the amendments to the bill, being open to revision, and getting it right.

“With this positive step forward on Bill 10, Alberta has gone from having one of the least progressive legislative frameworks as it relates to LGBTQ rights, to one of the most progressive,” says Stephen Wright, President of Pride Calgary. “Supporting Gay-Straight Alliances in our schools without compromise is what we have been calling on the provincial government to do all along, and they have done it. I applaud this important move.”

In addition to allowing Gay-Straight Alliances in all schools, Bill 10 also includes a number of other important moves forward on gender identity, gender expression and LGBTQ rights, which Pride Calgary is also delighted to see.

The passing of Bill 10 is a huge step forward in protecting the rights of young Albertans and the LGBTQ community. It allows students to create peer support groups that provide positive encouragement during what can be a very stressful time in their lives. We commend the Alberta Legislature for putting our young people first, by ensuring that they have a safe learning environment for them to grow and develop.

“GSAs has shown to save lives and make a positive impact in the lives of our province’s young people. As a result of this move the youth of Alberta will be safer and better off,” says Wright.

Pride Calgary is a not for profit organization that seeks to promote a society free from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. For media inquiries, please contact Tansy Wong, Director of Communications at Media@PrideCalgary.ca.