GATE Edmonton was started in 1971 by Michael Roberts, a Calgarian, visited Vancouver in late 1970. Michael got in touch with Gay Alliance Toward Equality (GATE) Vancouver, which had been started by Roady Green. GATE was the first group in Canadian history to challenge social perceptions, as well as plan civil rights strategies to achieve LGBTQ+ equality under Canadian law. Michael moved to Edmonton in early 1971 and founded GATE Edmonton. Early membership was largely made up of students from the University of Alberta, but it was not a student group.
Gradually, the group evolved into a community centre, answering to the community’s need for services and resources, metamorphosing into the Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton (GLCCE) in 1987, and, finally, the Pride Centre of Edmonton in 2004.