Manitoba premier uninvited to future Pride festivities

Manitoba premier uninvited to future Pride festivities

Pride Winnipeg announced in a press release Thursday that Manitoba premier Heather Stefanson will not be invited to future Pride festivities in the province after not walking in the 2022 Pride parade.

In the release, Pride Winnipeg said that Stefanson confirmed that she would walk in the parade three times and didn’t show.

“Not only has she gone back on her word to our board, but also to our 2SLGBTQ+ community,” wrote Barry Karlenzig, President of Pride Winnipeg. “We will not allow this to happen again. Her office also prohibited us from gathering on the north lawn of the Manitoba Legislature Building due to alleged safety concerns, instead, pushing us to the west lawn farther away from the parade lineup, minimizing our community’s voices.”

Stefanson spoke at a Pride rally Sunday morning and even took to Twitter to make a post for Pride Winnipeg’s 35th anniversary, but didn’t join the parade that immediately followed.

“The premier is supposed to represent all of her constituents and this weekend she showed that she does not stand with the 2SLGBTQ+ community. She completed her speech and then left, just like her predecessor Brian Pallister did for multiple years,” Karlenzig said.

Pride Winnipeg said they will not allow the current government to utilize the annual Pride Rally as a photo op or take up space in community events without walking alongside them to truly show their support.

“We are expecting an apology to not just Pride Winnipeg, but to our entire 2SLGBTQ+ community at large for this gross lack of respect for our community. We deserve better. Pride Winnipeg will not be extending an invitation to Premier Stefanson to speak at any of the community 2023 Pride festivities, including the Rally, due to the blatant disrespect shown to our community.

Stefanson is yet to file an apology or respond to the release.


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