Enthusiastic supporters of the LGBTQA community marched on Sept. 1 at the city’s annual pride parade. Sunday’s march had an estimated 35,000 people, made up of community members from throughout Calgary.
The University of Calgary’s faculty of medicine, along with delegates from the Students’ Union, joined the parade in support of LGBTQA rights. Marching alongside representatives from the university were members of Alberta’s ruling Conservative Party.
Premier Allison Redford’s speech — the first of its kind for a sitting Albertan premier — challenged voters to elect candidates who support inclusive policies toward the LGBTQA community. Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s speech echoed a similar sentiment.
Six members of Canada’s Olympic team were also in attendance.