OUTreach Southern Alberta:
Do you consider yourself an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, what does that mean to you, and how would it be reflected in your actions as councillor?

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Burke

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I would absolutely consider myself an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. This, to me, means using my place of privilege to help create and keep spaces safe so this community can continue to grow and thrive. This means speaking up for inclusion and speaking out against discrimination when we see it. This would be reflected in my actions as councilor through inclusive policy measures, open and continuous conversations with the LGBTQ+ community, and the continuous support of such groups as OutReach and the Pride Society.

C

 

Burrows-Johnson

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Yes, I would be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and would participate with them in pride activities.

M

 

Campbell

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I do. They are first and foremost human beings. I totally respect who they are.

J

 

Carlson

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As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am proud of this Council and the work we have done. This Council has made great progress with the LGBTQ+ community, and needs to continue that work. Pride Flag raising at City Hall, our LGBT and Transgender crosswalks, and Financial support of Pride events are all good steps we have taken. As a Councillor, I pledge to be open to all and will strive for better understanding of ALL our residents needs, beliefs, and desires. I will support marginalized groups to ensure that they feel safe, secure, and part of our whole community. While we have good policy on inclusiveness, we need to ensure that we take actions to stand alongside 'good policy'.

J

 

Coffman

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Yes, I am an ally, which means that I take action in support of, and to support, our LGBQT+ community. This past term I co-sponsored the Resolution to expand the “Gender” census question, and I sponsored the Pride Flag / Trans Flag crosswalk Resolutions. I assisted OUTReach and marched in Pride. As a Councillor, I would continue my support of the LGBQT+ community through actions, such as participating in LGBQT+ awareness and education sessions for City Council, sponsoring Resolutions that support LGBQT+ efforts, and ensuring the City examines its systems, structures, and policies to address and remove barriers for LGBQT+ inclusion in our community.

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Crowson

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Yes, I’m an ally. Whether I am elected as a councillor or not, it will not change my attitudes and actions. I will continue to advocate for equality; support friends and community members; and continue to assist where and how I can (such as the help I gave supporting historic research for Pridefest’s historic walking tour). As an ally, I will continue to listen and educate myself and others.

C

 

Germshied

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I can honestly say I do not understand what is in their hearts, and that is ok. They don't necessarily know what is in mine either.But I can and will welcome these people into my heart and home. I would love them and care for them as I would any person because that is who they are to me is people.

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Gibb

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As a member of the LGBTQ+ community I would consider myself as an ally and advocate for it. We need to look out for the interests of all citizens, from all walks of life, and be a progressive and inclusive place for everyone.

B

 

Ginther

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I consider myself to be one who accepts people from all walks of life and sexual orientation. I'm a firm believer in equal rights for all and that we need to love and accept all people regardless of the lifestyle the engage in or adhere to...

M

 

Heavy Head

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Yes. Supporting and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community needs to be more visible than it is within the city. Not just lip service.

R

 

Hoffarth

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Yes. An inclusive community must also be seen to be inclusive, so we need to communicate our view and support the efforts of groups to promote acceptance and inclusion. I would be pleased to sponsor or support initiatives that build understanding and bridges between members of the LGBTQ+ community and others.

B

 

Hyggen

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It is extremely important that we as a community are inclusive and that the rights of all community groups are respected. As a councillor, I would insure that we continue to respect the rights of the LGBTQ+ community by promoting awareness of the needs and experiences of LGBTQ+ people and advocate for equality.

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Iwaskiw

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I am now. At first I was opposed to the transgender sidewalk because I didn't understand why it was such a big deal. Then I got curious and asked members of our transgender community to explain it to me. I said that when I was a kid there were just men and women and now there are all these categories and it's confusing. And they said "We have always been here but back then we were hiding". I almost cried. And I got it. And I'm sorry I didn't get it sooner.

R

 

Janzen

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

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Layton

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

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MacLeod

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Yes, I support the LGBTQ+ people and their families. A good friend of mine passed away in the 1980's of HIV. It was tragic for the family as it was difficult to explain his lifestyle to others. As a Councillor, I would continue to listen and support people acceptance in the community. We all need friends and want to know that we are welcome and belong. Isolation and people loneliness is a real problem in today's busy society that can be fixed through conversations and gatherings. I care about people, acceptance is critical to our healthy city.

J

 

Mauro

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I believe everyone has the right to live their life the way they choose to and I totally support and encourage it. Freedom of choice.

D

 

Mikuliak

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I would like to consider myself an ally to all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or age. I have no difficulty stating that I support the LGBTQ+ community. What does that mean to me? It means belonging to a larger community that is aware, educated and increasingly less judgmental of others. I would like to believe that we live in a community where all people can live happy, healthy lives and strive to achieve their personal goals while contributing to the community at large without risk of discrimination of any sort.

R

 

Miyashiro

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I am an ally. I sponsored the resolution calling for the development of a non-binary census (which passed). I voted in favor of the Rainbow and Trans crosswalks. The ATB Steering Committee (of which I'm Chair and includes Mayor Spearman and Councillor Hyggen) advocated for universal washrooms in Phase 1 of the ATB Centre and Universal washrooms and change rooms in Phae 2...all are now included.

R

 

Morrell

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I do consider myself an ally for the LGBTQ+ community.  I employ members of this community, I have friends within this community, and as such, I am aware of the challenges that they can face, and I believe I offer support wherever I can. My wife if fond of the expression, "I'm straight, but not narrow", and feel that this encompasses me as well.   

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Paladino

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I'm as straight as an arrow...but I have absolutely no issues with the LGBTQ community. My actions on Council would be no different than for any other group. Present a valid case and you have my vote!

R

 

Parker

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Yes and I have a proven track record of supporting the LGBTQ+community.

H

 

PEREVERSEFF

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The LGBTQ+ community is not a community that I am a part of nor would I consider myself as being an "ally" to. The LGBT+ community is not new and has been within my sphere of work, relations and civic community most of my adult life. In particularly when I was working as a Customs Superintendent at international border crossings. It is my experience, members of this community often go unrecognized by reason of their own choice and therefore there is absolutely no distinction from anyone else. Others who wish to stress their persuasion do so and I have no issue with that either. LGBTQ+ or not, my actions as a councillor would not be reflected in anyway.

J

 

Pogorzelski

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I do consider myself an ally. What that means to me is I support everyone's way of life. People are who they are and it is not up to anyone to dictate how someone else should live there life. Why someone would feel the need to hate a group of people based on the sexual orientation is beyond my comprehension. I was always brought up to respect everyone and allow people to be who they are. I cannot even imagine the anger I would feel if someone was actively against the way I live my life.

L

 

Saloff

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Yes, i am an ally and support the rights of the LGBTQ and their inclusion into the community.

J

 

Shackleford

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I am an ALLY to the LGBTQ community as I have a personnel reason to be so. I have marched in several Lethbridge Pride parades and do so as a Dad and a teacher. I support all the functions and initiatives that the LGBTQ has accomplished and will do so in the future whether on city council or not.

C

 

Spearman

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Yes. I support and attend LGBTQ+ events. My visible participation as mayor is important as a role model for inclusiveness in our city.

J

 

Takahashi

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Yes. As I have for 25 years I will still stand and fight with my LGBTQ+ family. Inclusion and diversity are not buzzwords. Being an ally and a member of the queer community I understand the importance of giving space and my voice to those that are marginalized and discriminated against. Being an ally on council is a continuation of that. My actions would be dictated by extending my privilege to protect, support, and fight for the LGBTQ+ community in whatever way required.

B

 

Thurber

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Yes, I am an ally. I have supported and attended pride parades, and as an elected official I feel this speaks even louder volume when we attend. We need to model an inclusive community in all things we do.

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Watson

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Yes, absolutely. I want to continue to listen to the concerns of the community and help disseminate important information. I would support initiatives and policies that allow our community to be safe and inclusive to everyone in the 2SLGBTTQQIA+ community. We need to continue working with OUTreach Southern Alberta Society, the Pride Centers and Lethbridge Pride.

D

 

Wiggers

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Definitely. I have close friends and family members who are gay. They form a integral and important part of my life, and contribute to the person I am and hope to become.

R

 

Woss

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Some of my dearest friends since grade school are gay plus I have employed LGBT people over many years. I have an understanding of their challenges. I believe the City is doing a great deal towards recognizing our LGBT community. I would advocate to establish safe spaces for LGBTs to form networks, relationships & job information/ opportunities. It would be important to know who might discriminate against LGBT’s in order to curb potential harm. Peter Tatchell is an activist on this front who would be worth contacting for help in this area.