Calgary Pride and the Calgary Police Service will be hosting a series of town hall meetings to work towards mending their relationship with the gender and sexually diverse community (GSD).
In hosting these meetings, Calgary is taking a leadership role by ensuring that the conversation towards resolution is collaborative, rather than adversarial. In doing so, the town halls will include a panel of representatives:
- Calgary Pride
- Voices – Calgary’s Coalition of Two-Spirit & Racialized LGBTQIA+
- Calgary Police Service
- Calgary Police Commission
- Sexuality & Gender Diversity Chief’s Advisory Board
Each panelist will be able to discuss the content of the current situation in Calgary, followed by an open dialogue which includes the opportunity for those in attendance to ask questions, give solutions, and share challenges they have faced.
The town halls, hosted by Calgary Pride and the Calgary Police Service, will be able to work towards the goals of:
- Informing the community of the conversations that have taken place between law enforcement and the process and timelines of these conversations.
- Gather community insights on law enforcement engagement with a variety of community stakeholders and community members.
- Identify ongoing and systemic challenges faced by the GSD community
- Communicate the resources available to the community.
In creating an equal, open, and collaborative dialogue with members and organizations in the GSD community, the service is able to work towards reconciling past wrongs and building future positive relationships through trust, understanding, awareness, and healing. The Calgary Police Service is thankful for this opportunity to create change with the GSD community.
The first town hall is April 29, 2018, with another following on May 7, 2018.