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LGBTQ community reacts to UCP election win

Last Updated Apr 17, 2019 at 7:17 am MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta’s LGBTQ community is speaking out following the election victory for Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party.

During the campaign, the NDP targeted Kenney’s character, releasing controversial comments he made previously about LGBTQ rights.

On top of that, audio surfaced of UCP candidate Mark Smith talking to congregates at the Calvary Baptist Church in 2013 where he allegedly compared homosexuality to paedophilia.

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LGBTQ activist Pam Rocker says the UCP’s record is calling upon the UCP to improve its stance on diversity issues.

“He (Kenney) has spoken on these issues by not removing candidates who have said really horrible things and have a recorded history of doing really hateful things and having a lot of animosity against a lot of minority groups. I want Albertans to know that there’s a lot of people that don’t think that way and we’re still here and we’re still going to fight for you. If the UCP really is that diverse, then show us that you’re to be.”

Another major issue during the election campaign was the proposed changes to Bill 24, which allows for the creation and protection of Gay-Straight Alliances in school.

Kenney announced early in the campaign that he would change the law to give freedom for teachers to inform parents, in some cases, if their child has joined a GSA.

The move was widely criticized by members of the LGBTQ community and other parties who rallied under the banner #QueerKidsAB.

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Rocker says she dreams of a day when this will no longer be a major issue.

“I think it’s important to centre humanity in that conversation. It’s 2019, I would love to not have to argue about social issues. I would love to have rights and everyone I love to have rights, that’s just simply not the case.”

Rocker says she’s overall not pleased with how the GSA issue was handled in the election campaign.