Calgary Pride says this year’s parade marshals will be LGBTQ refugees who now call the city home.
The organization says it is working with the End of the Rainbow Foundation, which helps LGBTQ refugees, and the Centre for Newcomers, a settlement agency, to focus on immigration at the Pride parade.
It says it is important to celebrate those who have left everything behind to settle in Canada.
“They approached us last month with this idea and we thought it was such a brilliant idea to bring intersectionality as the focus of this year’s parade,” Calgary Pride’s Brit Nickerson told Global News on Wednesday.
“In addition to the war, 2SLGBTQ+ in about 70 countries are facing prosecution just for their gender and sexual identify, so coming to Turtle Island — to Canada, is a huge change for them.”