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Montreal – August 21, 2014 – UFCW Quebec activists joined more than 2,000 participants in the Montreal Pride Parade to show their support for the LGBTQ community and respect for the human rights of all.
The 30th Annual Parade took place under the theme of “Our Flag, Our Fire”, where orange, one of the rainbow flag colours, was predominant. Proudly wearing orange t-shirts, members of the UFCW Quebec contingent marched past an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 240,000 spectators who had gathered along René-Lévesque Boulevard.
As is customary, participants paused for a minute of commemoration for those who have died of AIDS, and for all who are victims of homophobia and physical violence.
“As a progressive and welcoming organization, we are very proud to support our gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans brothers and sisters in the fight for equality in their workplace and their community,” said Antonio Filato, president of the UFCW Quebec Provincial Council and president of UFCW Canada Local 500.
“Sexual orientation is a human right that must be protected inside and outside the workplace," said Anouk Collet, director of the UFCW Canada Quebec regional office. "We are proud to stand by our brothers and sisters of the LGBTQ community today and every day.”