The Alberta New Democratic Party has scrapped a foundraiser for LGBT candidates which was set to take place on November 18.
The event, which was selling tickets for $30 each, billed itself as a fundraiser for “fruits of the legislature” in aid of the party’s LGBT Caucus. But the members did not like the event name’s connotations. Gay NDP minister Ricardo Miranda told National Post: “I think it’s just another way to remind us to think about the impact of language … and be mindful of how we use it.”
LGBT Caucus co-chairs Dylan Sloan and Leah Ward added: To all the members of our caucus and our communities, we would like to offer an unreserved and sincere apology for the name we used for our fundraiser. We have removed the event and will be re-posting it as soon as possible with a new name. It was in no way our intention to offend or make light of the struggles and pain our community has endured and continues to experience. Nevertheless, we understand that regardless of our intent, harm was caused and we take full responsibility for that. We appreciate your comments and your courage in calling attention to this unfortunate misstep and encourage the continuation of open and honest dialogue. The LGBT Caucus believes in inclusion and diversity and we seek to create safer spaces for all members of our communities. We hope that you will continue to offer your support and feedback as we work to increase LGBTQ engagement and representation in Alberta’s NDP.”