“June is Pride Month, a celebration of 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities  and the progress we have made toward dignity and equal rights for all people, regardless of sexuality or gender identity.

“On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York. The riots that followed were the spark that ignited the gay rights movement around the world. Although Pride Month traces its roots to that event, it’s also important to commemorate the 2SLGBTQQIA+ history right here in Alberta. The police raid of the Pisces Bathhouse in Edmonton in 1981 was a shocking example of homophobia and violence remembered by many community members to this day.

“We must never forget our shared history as community members and allies work together to build safer and more inclusive spaces. Throughout June, some of the stories from 2SLGBTQQIA+ history in Alberta will be shared on the Alberta Status of Women Instagram account. I encourage all Albertans to follow along, educate themselves and participate in public events across the province.

“History has shown that we can only fight for what is right by working together. Our collective work to support the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community is not over, and by doing our part now, we can build a province where everyone is welcome and where all people feel safe to be their authentic selves.”