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Resolution to human rights complaint offered to Emo

By Randy Thoms Apr 8, 2024 | 4:05 PM

Borderland Pride is offering a proposal to Emo’s township council to resolve a human rights complaint launched four years ago.

A hearing is scheduled to take place in June.

The complaint was filed after Emo township council voted against a proclamation that recognized Pride Month in 2020 and a request a request by Borderland Pride to fly the Pride flag.

In an open letter to Emo’s council, Borderland Pride makes three proposals in an effort to settle the case before a hearing takes place.

It asks for a published apology, financial compensation , diversity and inclusion training for council and a commitment to adopt Pride proclamations in the future, without stripping out any 2SLGBTQIA+-affirming language.

The amount of money asked is not mentioned, but Borderland Pride says it is lower than initially sought.

Borderland Pride says it will donate one-third of the money back to the Emo Public Library if it hosts a drag story time event later this year.

It also proposes to hold its next charitable drag event in Emo, with the proceeds going to support the library and the township providing the venue at no charge.

Borderland Pride is giving Emo council until May 3rd to accept the offer.

“This is a good deal. You should take it. The alternative is to continue to waste taxpayer money fighting a losing battle in defence of bigotry and hate. That path will be embarrassing for your municipality and council,” the letter states.