Alberta, home to over four million Albertans, is blessed with the rugged mountain peaks of the Canadian Rockies, award-winning national parks, spectacular lakes, freshwater rivers, ancient glaciers, and vast desert badlands. Sparkling modern cities with state-of-the-art transportation and communication systems, as well as fully developed tourism infrastructures, are convenient starting points for amazing natural, sporting and cultural adventures. Getting there is convenient, whether travelling from within Canada, or visiting from abroad.
The LGBTQ+ community is open and visible in Alberta, with large celebrations in major centres like Calgary and Edmonton, but also in smaller urban areas and mountain resorts, such Jasper, Lethbridge, Red Deer and Banff, all of which have recently installed rainbow crosswalks in celebration of Pride. Openly gay Edmonton Centre MP Randy Boissonnault was elected in 2015, and in 2016 given a new role as special adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on LGBTQ+ issues. He was also instrumental in the 2017 official government apology to LGBTQ+ Canadians, for historic injustices.
Calgary, Calgary, Alberta’s largest city, has played host to a Winter Olympics, and is world-famous for its annual rodeo festival, The Calgary Stampede. Canada’s oil industry calls Calgary home, and a growing high tech sector is contributing to the downtown core of striking modern skyscrapers, with a young, diverse working population.
In 2019, the Calgary Queer Arts Society is marking twenty years since the start of the Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival back in 1999, as well as their later endeavours such as the OUTReels Diversity Education Program, Youth Queer Media Program, The Coming Out Monologues, and one year since the Fairy Tales Queer Presentation Society became the Calgary Queer Arts Society.
Calgary Pride will celebrate its 29th year, August 23 – September 2, 2019, with expectations of more than 65,000 spectators and 5,000 participants for the Calgary Pride Parade, showcasing over 175 businesses, politicians and community groups. Calgary’s Pride Festival outgrew its former location in recent years, and now takes place in Prince’s Island Park in the heart of downtown.
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