Co-founder hopes to unite community and talk over issues
Come as you are — that’s the motto of the alternative Pride event being put on by two LGBTQ community members.
If that means a police uniform, that’s OK.
Gregory John, co-founder of Unity of Uniform, said he remembers his first Pride event in the late ’90s, when many protesters showed up. Now with tens of thousands of people expected at this year’s parade, John said it highlights the role of law enforcement.
“We also wanted to get service members to come in uniform — because they’re obviously a huge source of pride for them, and that’s what this week is about,” he said.
Calgary Pride said last month that it encourages police to take part in the Sept. 3 parade, as long as it’s without uniforms, firearms, vehicles or institutional representation, such as floats.
John said he believes Unity of Uniform is a way to unite the LGBTQ community and publicservice members — like police, EMS and firefighters — and to talk about some of the issues regarding how those organizations work with them.
Unity of Uniform will be held Friday night at The Mission.