Alberta, home to over four million Canadians, is blessed with the rugged mountain peaks of the Canadian Rockies, sparkling modern cities with state-of-the-art transportation and communication systems, as well as fully developed tourism infrastructures, which are convenient starting points for amazing natural, sporting and cultural adventures.
The LGBTQ+ community is open and visible in Alberta, with 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 installed rainbow crosswalks in recent years in celebration of Pride.
The Pride Centre of Edmonton is a registered charitable organization that provides a variety of events, programs and services for LGBTQ2S+ people, their allies, and the broader community in the Greater Edmonton area.
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.
Calgary is also home to Mark Tewksbury, Olympic Gold Medalist in the 100 metre backstroke at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Mark was the first Canadian Olympian to openly identify as gay, and among other things, is now a motivational speaker and co-founder of Great Traits, a professional development company offering high performance applied leadership training in Toronto and Calgary.
In 2020, the Calgary Queer Arts Society is marking twenty one 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.
Calgary Pride will celebrate its 30th year in 2020, and although at press time the dates had not yet been announced, historically it is usually in the last week of August, overlapping into September when necessary. Check the Calgary Pride web site to confirm dates for 2020.
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