News release

Government Raises Pride Flag in Halifax

Government employees, 2SLGBTQ+ community members, allies and supporters were in attendance as two Pride flags were raised at Province House and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, in Halifax, today, June 27.

This year, June 28 marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots in the U.S., which became the cornerstone of the 2SLGBTQ+ (two-spirt, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and asexual) rights and human rights movement around the world.

“We are proud to show our support for our 2SLGBTQ+ employees as well as all Nova Scotians who are part of the community,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Our workplaces, communities and province are stronger when we all feel safe, welcome and able to be our whole selves.”

The provincial government’s Pride Nova Scotia Employee Network strives to create and maintain supportive and inclusive workplaces for government employees of diverse sexual orientations, sexes, gender identities and gender expressions.

“The Pride flag raising is an opportunity for us to reflect on the significant work that has been accomplished over the past fifty years to advance the rights and equality of 2SLGBTQ+ people,” said co-chair of the Pride Nova Scotia Employee Network Allison Smith. “Raising the pride and trans flags are an important and visible symbol of the commitment of the Nova Scotia public service to ensuring safe, inclusive spaces in which we can all be treated with dignity and feel proud of all aspects of who we are.”

The Pride flag has been raised in Halifax since 2010 as a direct reflection of how important 2SLGBTQ+ rights and inclusion are to the people of Nova Scotia.

“We’re striving to make sure Nova Scotia’s public service is a workplace that is inclusive and that better represents and reflects the voices and talents of our diverse communities,” said Public Service Commission Minister Tony Ince. “That is why this event and the work of the Pride Nova Scotia network is so important.”

This year, in addition to Halifax, government is also displaying Pride flags inside seven provincial buildings around the province.

During the summer, Pride events will be held in communities throughout the province.

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Government employees, 2SLGBTQ+ community members, allies and supporters were in attendance as two Pride flags were raised at Province House and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, in Halifax, today (June 27th).

This year, June 28th marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots in the U.S., which became the cornerstone of the 2SLGBTQ+ rights and human rights movement around the world.

Premier Stephen McNeil says the government is proud to show support for 2SLGBTQ+ employees as well as all Nova Scotians who are part of the community.

He says workplaces, communities and the province are stronger when we all feel safe, welcome and able to be our whole selves.

This year, in addition to Halifax, government is also displaying Pride flags inside seven provincial buildings.

During the summer, Pride events will be held in communities throughout the province.

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