Premier LGBTI Network Community Groups Celebrate Pride Week

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter joined members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) Network, and their supporters today, July 20, at Province House to celebrate the launch of Pride Week 2009 in Halifax. “Today, we launch Pride Week, but we also celebrate a first in government with the establishment of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex Network,” said Premier Dexter. The network, formed in March, is a safe-place for public servants who identify with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities to discuss opportunities to create a more inclusive work environment. With more than 35 public servants as members, the network is growing and gaining support. Laura Barbour has been a member of the network since it began. Events like pride week celebrations and the start of the network help Ms. Barbour feel supported by the provincial government. “Creating an inclusive environment for LGBTI public servants and all LGBTI Nova Scotians is important,” said Ms. Barbour. “I’m pleased to be able to work with people across government and community-based organizations to address the challenges facing LGBTI people in this province.” The event also brought together all levels of provincial public servants and community organizations, such as the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, The Youth Project, the Halifax Pride Committee, Capital Pride Health, and the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project. “We are all here together because our communities go beyond geography,” said Premier Dexter. “Supporting inclusion and diversity within the public service and Nova Scotia’s communities is important.”last_img

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