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Flag-raising Celebrates Allies, Initiatives

Volunteers and supporters were celebrated at this year’s annual provincial pride flag-raising.

The event, which began in 2010, was again held at Province House today, June 27 with government employees, community members, allies, volunteers and supporters.

The provincial government’s LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) Network hosts the event.

“Raising the pride flag at Province House symbolizes the freedom LGBTI employees have to be themselves. It’s important not to stop at symbolism,” said Gerald Hashey, LGBTI Network co-chair. “And that’s why we don’t. That’s why we’re active, engaged and growing, with the help of our supporters.”

Mr. Hashey said this past year was one of the strongest for raising awareness and equality for LGBTI employees and their allies, thanks to committed volunteers, supporters and important partnerships.

“We are working with other provincial government networks to plan the province’s first diversity conference for 2015,” said Mr. Hashey. “A positive spaces initiative is also underway that will help make Nova Scotia government workplaces inclusive, supportive and welcoming to LGBTI employees.”

Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard is Nova Scotia’s first openly gay MLA. She shared a message of inclusion at the event and was joined by Public Service Commissioner Laura Lee Langley.

“The province is pleased to celebrate and recognize initiatives that support the LGBTI community and their supporters in their effort to make the Nova Scotia government a safe and inclusive place to work for LGBTI and all employees,” said Ms. Bernard. “As an openly gay MLA and cabinet minister, this year the provincial flag-raising has special meaning to me. It is a symbol of how far we’ve come and of government’s commitment to advance equity in our diverse workforce and I’m a proud to be a part of that.”

The ceremony is one of the first pride events of the summer. Another flag-raising was held today at the provincial building in Sydney.

Formed in 2009, the LGBTI Network is made up of LGBTI public servants and allies who seek to make the public service a positive and inclusive environment for all.

For event information, visit www.halifaxpride.com .

Source: Release

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