This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. After a three-year hiatus, the Alberta gay rodeo is back, this time taking over the Calgary Stampede grounds for a weekend of barrel racing, wild drag, dancing, and more. The Alberta Rockies Gay Rodeo Association was founded inand held rodeos in Strathmore and Simons Valley until the organization folded in after the economic downturn.
With an Alberta election ahead next week, party leaders are declaring their positions. It is important to know that GSAs have only existed in Alberta for less than two decades. In a relatively conservative social climate, courageous students convinced our principal and staff the group was needed to help students feel safer at school.
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney was met at his Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast by a handful of people voicing opposition to an education law that they say puts gay and transgender students at risk. The United Conservative government passed legislation last week that erases measures brought in by the previous NDP government to strengthen protections for gay-straight alliances. As Tom Vernon reports, both the government and the Official Opposition feel they made their points this spring.
The boisterous demonstration outside Western Canada High school was one of many minute walkouts across Alberta on Friday morning. Premier Jason Kenney said during the election campaign his United Conservative government would replace the NDP-drafted education law with older unproclaimed legislation. That would have the effect of undoing some provisions for GSAs, including a ban on schools informing parents if their children join such a club.
Kevin Allen — Research Lead Kevin has been documenting and profiling queer people and events for 25 years through freelance writing and editing for various queer publications including: Clue! Magazine, QC Magazine, Xtra! West, and Xtra.
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Since its founding inthe festival has attracted over 35, attendees. Due to censorship associated with government funding and the homphobia from Albertan taxpayers experienced during The Fire I've Become festival,  Fairy Tales chose to be entirely privately funded and volunteer-run. Inthe film festival separated from the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers to become an independent non-profit known as the Fairy Tales Presentation Society.