AFL Pride and Solidarity Committee

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At the 2003 AFL Convention, delegates voted to establish a Working Group to deal with issues surrounding the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities. This Working Group was transformed into a full AFL Standing Committee at the 2005 AFL Convention.

The role of the Pride and Solidarity Committee is to encourage active involvement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in union activities and other activities affecting them, to promote, audit and organize educational programs concerning gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the workplace, home and community, and to foster working class culture amongst gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and their allies by initiating meetings, forums, workshops, conferences, conventions, demonstrations, mass action and education course where appropriate.

The Committee will also work with the GLBT community to outreach through community groups throughout the province.

AFL Pride and Solidarity Committee - 2011-2013

  • Keith Purdy, United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401, Chair and Council Liaison
  • Garry Lehmann, Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4731, Secretary
  • Ange Freer, Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 730 - Edmonton
  • Timothy Hunt, Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 30036
  • Jay Smith, Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists-Alberta
  • Normita Trinidad, United Nurses of Alberta


100x70_new_2012feb03    That's Gay Poster Campaign launched (posters 8.5x11 or 11x17)

The battle for gay rights in Canada is the focus of a new set of posters produced by the Alberta Federation of Labour. The campaign - titled "That's Gay!" - aims to educate Albertans about the history of the struggle, from Everett Klippert being jailed indefinitely as a "dangerous sex offender" in 1965 simply for admitting he was gay to today, with the Alberta Gay Rodeo Association becoming the largest organization of its kind in the world. A series of five posters has been designed, showing distinctly Albertan images, along with a timeline of gay-rights milestones. The posters will be handed out at events around the province and will be made available to post-secondary educational institutions and high schools. To order copies, email To download the posters - That's Gay 11x17 or That's Gay 8.5x11.

May 2010 - Reinstate Gender Reassignment Surgery Now!wheres_the_equality_june_2010

Update June 2012 - The Alberta government under Premier Alison Redford has now reinstated gender reassignment surgery for up to 25 people in Alberta each year. This is a great step back to the 21st century for the Government. Now people of Alberta don't have to travel to other jurisdictions to get the services they deserve and the money to achieve these services without undo hardship. It is by the lobby of community groups and like organizations that we have achieved this significant step back to the future. We commend everyone's effort in cause. At the same time it is important to see that the Alison Redford listening to Albertans.


Pride Events - click on links below to see slideshows

Support an Upcoming Pride Event

The AFL is proud to work with friends, neighbours and allies on many important events. Calgary’s Fairy Tales Film Festival is such an event, celebrating local and national GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bi‐Sexual and Transgendered/Two Spirited) artists of all mediums. This year marks the 15th anniversary of this event and it continues to flourish in our community. The festival is a non‐profit society that reaches out to the GBLT community in many ways. You can check them out on the web at Attached is a summary from the Programs Director, James Demers.

Special Days / Days of Action

  • April 11 - CLC Solidarity in Pink
  • May 17 - International Day against Homophobia
  • October 20 - Purple Day
  • November 20 - International Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • December 1 - International Aids Awareness Day
  • December 10 - International Human Rights Day

Thank you!

The Pride and Solidarity Committee of the Alberta Federation of Labour wishes to extend their thanks to the following union’s for the funds generously donated to create the float and displays proudly presented at events across Alberta this past season.

  • Amalgamated Transite Union (ATU 987)
  • United Nurses of Alberta (UNA)
  • Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW 4534)
  • Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW 730)
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 4731)
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW 401)

Your Union's continued fellowship and support are invaluable!