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Edmonton Is Neglecting LGBTQ2 History By Cancelling Its 2019 Pride

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The Edmonton Pride board of directors have made the executive decision to cancel the city's pride parade this year, citing the current political and social climate surrounding the event. By doing so they are neglecting the history of why pride exists, and how in today's political and social climate, pride existing as both a protest and a celebration is necessary.

Internationally, Pride month is celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots that took place in New York City in 1969. These riots occurred due to the over-policing of queer spaces, as the individuals faced ongoing harassment and brutality from the police. Prominent figures in the Stonewall riots included black trans women, who still have the highest rates of murder and police harassment in North America today.

Specifically in Edmonton's history, the over-policing of queer spaces can be seen with the Pisces Bathhouse raid in May 1981, where 56 men were arrested and were denied phone calls or counsel upon being sent to court. The systemic issues that these events are rooted in are still causing harm today as a survey from........

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