CALGARY – After consulting with Joan Crockatt, and other members of our community over the past several days, Calgary Pride and Joan Crockatt mutually agreed on the withdrawal of her application to march in this year’s Pride Parade, so the focus can be returned to matters concerning the parade and festival. Both parties look forward to ongoing dialogue and Calgary Pride has communicated with Joan Crockatt that she, along with all Calgarians, are welcome at the Pride Festival and are invited to engage further with the community. Calgary Pride will also be reviewing their application process with further community involvement over the next year.

Throughout this process, there have been numerous allegations of possible conflict of interest surrounding the participation of Scott Crockatt as a member of the Calgary Pride Board of Directors. Such accusations are categorically false. Scott has abstained from all votes on this issue, and has never been a part of the parade application approval process. Scott has always acted with integrity and is an upstanding member of the Board, who has helped open a vast number of doors for the organization in his first year. The Board of Directors stands behind the membership of Scott Crockatt, and will always defend his work and position with the Board.

Furthermore, there have been many voices from the LGBTQA* community, with many different viewpoints, weighing in on this issue. As a small group of dedicated volunteers doing our best to represent a broader community, ongoing constructive and open discussion from our community is always appreciated and encouraged. We welcome anyone who has a concern with decisions being made to reach out to us directly, and to also consider joining the Board of Directors and be a part of the voice of the community.

We look forward to celebrating 25 years as a united community, working together to a common goal of a city free from discrimination. The 2015 Calgary Pride Week will take place from August 28th until September 7th, with the Parade and Festival, presented by ATB Financial, taking place on Sunday, September 6th.

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