Pride P.E.I. chairman criticizes Charlottetown for not providing funding for upcoming event but city official says no request has been made yet
City of Charlottetown says it has not received funding request from Pride P.E.I.
Charlottetown’s events development officer says Pride P.E.I. hasn’t gotten any money from the city because Pride Week organizers didn’t ask for it.
Tyler Murnaghan, chairman of the local LGBTQ organization, claims the City of Charlottetown turned down a funding request for the upcoming Pride P.E.I. week.
Murnaghan issued a news release Monday criticizing the city for turning down a funding request only to learn that the city was spending money to advertise at the Pride festival in Halifax.
The truth is, the City of Charlottetown isn’t advertising at Halifax Pride but Discover Charlottetown is, promoting the P.E.I. capital as LGBTQ-friendly. Discover Charlottetown is a separate entity from the city corporation and is not funded by the city.
But Discover Charlottetown does operate with funding through the tourism accommodation levy collected by the hotels and uses that money to promote the city.
Murnaghan said his group sends a sponsorship request every year but was told this year the city didn’t have any funds.
Murnaghan said he’s looking for $500 to help with Pride Week activities.
“They said they didn’t have any funds, right around when they came out with the budget,’’ Murnaghan said.
Wayne Long, the city’s events development officer, said Murnaghan may have communicated with someone with the city, but his office is where such funding requests go to. Long says no such request was made this year.
“As of today, we have not received any funding application through the events development division and that’s where the funding ( for this event) normally falls,’’ Long said. “Traditionally over the years the city has been a funding partner of Pride Week.’’
Pride Week takes place July 26 to Aug. 1.
The City of Charlottetown will host a flag-raising ceremony on July 27 to formally recognize Pride Week but Murnaghan said getting financial help has been a challenge lately.
“Sponsorships really aren’t coming as easy this year as they have in the past,’’ Murnaghan said.
The organization’s chairman said there is a greater acceptance now of the LGBTQ community and he would like to see more Pride events held across the province.
“Things have been moving forward on Prince Edward Island as far as acceptance. I think it would help if we were to start funding projects.’’
Tyler Murnaghan, chairman of Pride P.E.I., issued a news release on Monday in which he criticized the City of Charlottetown for not providing funding for Pride Week activities later this month. However, the city’s events development officer told The Guardian that they have always provided funding in the past through the events development division but that a request for financial assistance hasn’t been made to his office yet.