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Pride Winnipeg unveils ‘equALL’ theme and logo for this year’s festival

Pride Winnipeg unveiled the theme they’ve chosen for their 26th annual festival Thursday, and organizers want festival goers to think globally while celebrating on city streets later this year.

The theme “equALL” was picked bring attention to the fight for LBGT rights internationally, explained Pride Winnipeg’s vice-president Craig Theriault.

“In Canada we enjoy a lot of equal human rights, but that’s not the case around the world,” he said. “We’re not just promoting an agenda of equality in Canada, but trying support that globally.

“We want to make sure that our brothers and sisters from around the world are remembered at Pride events.”

Theriault pointed to the controversial Ugandan anti-gay bill commonly referred to as the “kill the gays” legislation that had asked for the death penalty for those convicted of various homosexual activities. The bill’s author has since told the Associated Press the death penalty has been removed from the legislation, although jail time is recommended for various offences in the new draft.

“Pride organizations around the world are concerned about that and trying to anything they can to try and influence a change in that part of the world,” he said.

Theriault said an estimated 30,000 people attended last year’s celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirited and queer peoples, and told Metro festival goers can expect a similar 10-day party including a huge wrap-up at the Forks following the parade through downtown Winnipeg on the festival’s last day.

“There’s something for everybody,” he said. “Pride is not just pride amongst the LBGT community, it’s pride amongst the greater community too.”

The Pride of the Prairies festival runs May 24-June 2.

--With files from the Toronto Star

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