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Vancouver – August 7, 2015 – Members, staff, and officers from UFCW Canada Local 1518 were loud and proud at the 37th annual Vancouver Pride Parade on August 2, where UFCW activists handed out whistles and waved to spectators as part of a multi-union delegation that marched in the parade.
Held in the city's west end, the Pride Parade attracts visitors from across Canada and the U.S. and is one of Vancouver's flagship events. Organizers estimate that more than 650,000 people attended this year's parade, making it one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. The parade is also an economic boon to the city, as the Vancouver Pride Society estimates that it pumps almost $23 million into the local economy.
"It is important to stand with the LGBTQ community and demand that workers be treated equally regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity," said Ivan Limpright, President of UFCW 1518. "We are extremely proud of our diverse membership, and we will continue to fight to end homophobia and transphobia in the workplace," added Limpright.
For more information on Pride events taking place across Canada this summer, click here.