Calgary is a city that does not tolerate hate and we are actively working to address systemic discrimination in all forms.
The escalation of hate, harassment, and intimidation targeting Calgarians in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community requires that we review how we deliver safe and inclusive access to civic amenities.
The need for physical and psychological safety of both customers and staff must be ensured. The public is entitled to equal access of services without being exposed to messaging or behaviour that is hateful, intimidating, harassing, or discriminates.
All Calgarians must be able to enjoy the benefits of programs and resources offered through public facilities. Gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, socio-economic status, age, ability, religion, or heritage should not impede a person’s ability to be part of a thriving and prosperous city.
The proposed bylaw allows for safe access to civic facilities while ensuring the right to protest exists.