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Red Deer Rebels defenceman Joel Sexsmith, right, and Calgary Hitmen defenceman Luke Prokop have been friends since childhood. On Monday, Prokop publicly came out as gay. (Contributed photo)

Red Deer Rebel Joel Sexsmith proud of friend Luke Prokop for coming out as gay

Red Deer Rebels defenceman Joel Sexsmith says he’s “unbelievably proud” of his…

 

From left: Montana First Nation councillor Reggie Rabbit, Samson Cree Nation councillor Louise Omeasoo, Samson Cree Nation councillor Katherine Swampy, Samson Cree Nation councillor Shannon Buffalo and Samson Cree Nation chief Vern Saddleback were present during the painting of the Maskwacis Pride crosswalk. (Contributed photo)

Being gay made him contemplate suicide: Councillor in Maskwacis opens up

Maskwacis got a bit mote colourful over the weekend. Volunteers spent Saturday…

 

Bailey McKay, with the Penhold Fire Department, puts a rainbow flag on the back of a firetruck before the Red Deer Queer Community Association’s Car Pride Parade Saturday. The event was held as part of Pride Month. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Pride Parade rolls through Red Deer

A few dozen vehicles decked out in rainbow flags cruised through Red…

 

Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre and Red Deer Queer Community Association have launched support groups for LGBTQ youth and adult survivors of sexual violence. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)

Central Alberta group to support LGBTQ sexual violence survivors

Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre and Red Deer Queer Community Association partnership

Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre and Red Deer Queer Community Association have launched support groups for LGBTQ youth and adult survivors of sexual violence. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)
FILE -- In this Feb. 2, 2021 file photo, Pope Francis celebrates a Mass with members of religious institutions on the occasion of the celebration of the World Day of Consecrated Life, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The Vatican has decreed, Monday, March 15, 2021, that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin.” The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response to a question about whether Catholic clergy can bless gay unions (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, pool)

LGBTQ Catholics stung by Vatican rebuff of same-sex unions

LGBTQ Catholics stung by Vatican rebuff of same-sex unions

FILE -- In this Feb. 2, 2021 file photo, Pope Francis celebrates a Mass with members of religious institutions on the occasion of the celebration of the World Day of Consecrated Life, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The Vatican has decreed, Monday, March 15, 2021, that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin.” The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response to a question about whether Catholic clergy can bless gay unions (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, pool)
Red Deer Public Schools reaffirmed its commitment on Wednesday to have a Diversity Week, rather than a Pride Week.
(File photo by BLACK PRESS)
Red Deer Public Schools reaffirmed its commitment on Wednesday to have a Diversity Week, rather than a Pride Week.
(File photo by BLACK PRESS)
At Wednesday’s Red Deer Public School board meeting, four presentations were made regarding the board’s recent decision to turn down Pride Week in favour of a Diversity Week. Last week, silent protests were held in response to the same decision outside the division office. (Photo courtesy Black and Indigenous Alliance Facebook)
At Wednesday’s Red Deer Public School board meeting, four presentations were made regarding the board’s recent decision to turn down Pride Week in favour of a Diversity Week. Last week, silent protests were held in response to the same decision outside the division office. (Photo courtesy Black and Indigenous Alliance Facebook)
Two years ago Red Deer Public Schools trustee Dianne Macaulay celebrated Pride Week in the community with her child Jasper. (Photo contributed)

Defeat of Pride Week motion at Red Deer Public Schools catches heat

Red Deer Public Schools says district policy already allows Pride Week

Two years ago Red Deer Public Schools trustee Dianne Macaulay celebrated Pride Week in the community with her child Jasper. (Photo contributed)
Alana Fiks, left, and Angela Farkas, co-owners of Black Market Provisions, are photographed in their store in Winnipeg, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

LGBTQ businesses, hit hard by COVID-19, look for shifts in federal programs

LGBTQ businesses, hit hard by COVID-19, look for shifts in federal programs

Alana Fiks, left, and Angela Farkas, co-owners of Black Market Provisions, are photographed in their store in Winnipeg, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
This image released by Netflix shows Chadwick Boseman, from left, Colman Domingo, Viola Davis, Michael Potts and Glynn Turman in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." (David Lee/Netflix via AP)

Netflix leads GLAAD Media Awards for LGBTQ representation

Netflix leads GLAAD Media Awards for LGBTQ representation

This image released by Netflix shows Chadwick Boseman, from left, Colman Domingo, Viola Davis, Michael Potts and Glynn Turman in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." (David Lee/Netflix via AP)
Elliot Page poses for photographs on the red carpet for the movie 'Freeheld ' during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, in Toronto, on Sunday, September 13, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Elliot Page coming out offers historic visibility for trans and non-binary community

Elliot Page coming out offers historic visibility for trans and non-binary community

Elliot Page poses for photographs on the red carpet for the movie 'Freeheld ' during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, in Toronto, on Sunday, September 13, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
FILE - Elliot Page arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Umbrella Academy" on Feb. 12, 2019. Page, the Oscar-nominated actor of “Juno”, “Inception” and “The Umbrella Academy” came out as transgender on Tuesday in an announcement greeted as a watershed moment for the trans community in Hollywood. The 33-year-old actor from Nova Scotia said his decision came after a long journey and with much support from the LGBTQ community. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

‘All my love, Elliot’: Actor Page comes out as transgender

‘All my love, Elliot’: Actor Page comes out as transgender

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FILE - Elliot Page arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Umbrella Academy" on Feb. 12, 2019. Page, the Oscar-nominated actor of “Juno”, “Inception” and “The Umbrella Academy” came out as transgender on Tuesday in an announcement greeted as a watershed moment for the trans community in Hollywood. The 33-year-old actor from Nova Scotia said his decision came after a long journey and with much support from the LGBTQ community. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Lesbian couple Yi Wang, right, and Yumi Meng pose during a military mass weddings ceremony in Taoyuan city, northern Taiwan, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Two lesbian couples tied the knot in a mass ceremony held by Taiwan’s military on Friday in a historic step for the island. Taiwan is the only place in Asia to have legalized gay marriage, passing legislation in this regard in May 2019.(AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Two same-sex couples in military marry in first for Taiwan

Only place in Asia to have legalized same-sex marriage

  • Oct 30, 2020
Lesbian couple Yi Wang, right, and Yumi Meng pose during a military mass weddings ceremony in Taoyuan city, northern Taiwan, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Two lesbian couples tied the knot in a mass ceremony held by Taiwan’s military on Friday in a historic step for the island. Taiwan is the only place in Asia to have legalized gay marriage, passing legislation in this regard in May 2019.(AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, holds a press conference via videoconference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on August 6, 2020. A United Nations expert says proposed Canadian legislation that would ban forcing children or adults into therapy to alter their sexual orientation or gender identity could help further LGBTQ2 rights globally. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, holds a press conference via videoconference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on August 6, 2020. A United Nations expert says proposed Canadian legislation that would ban forcing children or adults into therapy to alter their sexual orientation or gender identity could help further LGBTQ2 rights globally. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Statistics Canada offices in Ottawa are pictured, May 1, 2013. A Statistics Canada study says gay, lesbian, bisexual and other sexual minority people are nearly three times more likely than heterosexuals to experience sexual or physical assault. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Statistics Canada offices in Ottawa are pictured, May 1, 2013. A Statistics Canada study says gay, lesbian, bisexual and other sexual minority people are nearly three times more likely than heterosexuals to experience sexual or physical assault. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
In this Feb. 3, 2017, photo, the scoreboard shows “Pride Night,” before the start of an NHL hockey game between the Florida Panthers and the Anaheim Ducks in Sunrise, Fla. Athletes who have played in diversity-themed games that celebrate pride and inclusion use homophobic language less often than players who have not, according to new research from Australia’s Monash University and Ryerson University in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Wilfredo Lee

Study finds players who play in pride games use homophobic language less often

Most teams in North America’s top leagues hold Pride Games

In this Feb. 3, 2017, photo, the scoreboard shows “Pride Night,” before the start of an NHL hockey game between the Florida Panthers and the Anaheim Ducks in Sunrise, Fla. Athletes who have played in diversity-themed games that celebrate pride and inclusion use homophobic language less often than players who have not, according to new research from Australia’s Monash University and Ryerson University in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Wilfredo Lee
Even with ruling, workplace still unequal for LGBTQ workers

Even with ruling, workplace still unequal for LGBTQ workers

Even with ruling, workplace still unequal for LGBTQ workers

Even with ruling, workplace still unequal for LGBTQ workers
New Brunswick village lowers ‘straight flag’ after public backlash

New Brunswick village lowers ‘straight flag’ after public backlash

CHIPMAN, N.B. — A New Brunswick village has taken down a “straight…

New Brunswick village lowers ‘straight flag’ after public backlash
Calgary police chief apologizes for past discrimination against LGBTQ community

Calgary police chief apologizes for past discrimination against LGBTQ community

CALGARY — The chief of police in one of Alberta’s major cities…

Calgary police chief apologizes for past discrimination against LGBTQ community
Trudeau accepts award for LGBTQ advocacy, says more work to be done

Trudeau accepts award for LGBTQ advocacy, says more work to be done

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada has made great strides…

Trudeau accepts award for LGBTQ advocacy, says more work to be done