Calgary Pride 2020 – celebrating in a different way
“Pride is at its essence a celebration of resiliency, community & love. This year will be no different.”
– Calgary Pride
YYC is an international airport and an integral part of the Calgary community so we celebrate many of the important cultural events and festivities around the city. Calgary Pride (Aug. 28 to Sept. 6) is one of them, even though it’s being celebrated differently this year.
Although there may not be a parade or festival this year, you can still see our Insta-worthy CANADA letters at International Arrivals lit in rainbow colours, and our indoor pride crosswalk located in Concourse B. We’ll also be marking Pride on our in-terminal digital screens and social media channels.
We continue to encourage airport staff to learn more about the importance of diversity using one of Calgary Pride’s many online educational opportunities. Visit the Calgary Pride website for this year’s festival info, program guide and learning series.
Anyone who has travelled can understand the stress that might be involved moving through an airport and navigating an unfamiliar city. For the LGBTQ2S+ community, this stress can be amplified by fear of discrimination or harassment.
“One of the best ways is to ensure you are inclusive is to have a good connection to your own LGBTQ+ community.” said John Tanzella, President, International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA).
Did you know we have all-gender bathrooms at YYC? There are about 40 single occupancy washrooms currently with varying labels including: accessible, family, men or women. These have new signs that focus on function rather than gender, using symbols that are commonly understood to prevent any communication barriers with our guests.
We will continue making YYC a safe and welcoming for everyone. Happy Pride!