Earlier this year pride festival organizers announced that anyone wishing to march in the parade must sign the pledge.
On Wednesday, organizers released a statement saying "no political party will be getting any special treatment when it comes to participating in this year's Pride Parade."
"If they refuse to stand up for LGBTQ2+ rights, they have no place at the parade."
The B.C. Liberals have not signed the pledge supporting the private member's bill, which was introduced by B.C. NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert.
The bill calls for the specific inclusion of transgender and gender-variant people in the B.C. Human Rights Code.
The party's executive director, Laura Miller, said it hasn't signed the pledge because the code is already inclusive of transgender and gender-variant people.
The statement from the Vancouver Pride Society clarified exactly whom from the party must sign the pledge:
- Any elected official or candidate for election must also sign the pledge to participate in the parade.
The West End B.C. Liberals riding association has signed the pledge and hoped to participate in the parade, which takes place in the riding. The application was initially accepted, but later rejected based on the clarified criteria.Suggest a correction