LGBTQ2S+ Community and Police Action Dialogue Conference NL

Lay Summary 

Across Canada, police organizations are embroiled in debates about their participation in Pride parades. Arguments have centred mainly on their historical—and, in some cases, ongoing—negative treatment of marginalized groups who are also members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, and plus (LGBTQ2S+) community, such as Blacks and Indigenous people. Since October 2019, an LGBTQ2S+ and police steering committee has been meeting to plan this conference, which will take place on June 5, 2021. This important dialogue and conference will build understanding around the relationship of police and Pride, to find a way forward in Newfoundland and Labrador. The purpose of the event is to: 1) provide interactive opportunity for dialogue about police and Pride; 2) consider what the relationship between police and Pride could look like going forward; and 3) generate ideas for a report to guide future decision-making by police and St. John’s Pride Inc. about uniformed police participation in Pride. The event will involve a panel discussion with panellists’ around the question, “What does safety at Pride mean to you?” This will be followed by small group conversations among attendees on key questions about the relationship of police and Pride in Newfoundland and Labrador and what this might look like going forward.

School of Social Work
$ 2500 Quick Start Fund - Public Engagement Office, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
$ 5000 Catalyst Conference Fund - Public Engagement Office, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
Public engagement
Industry Sectors 
Local, Municipal and Regional Public Administration
Start date 
23 Oct 2019
End date 
5 Jun 2021