Our History

The Pride Centre of Edmonton originally began in the early 1970s, after university students took a trip to Vancouver, where they had encountered a group called Gay Alliance Toward Equality (GATE). GATE was the first group in Canadian history to challenge social perceptions, as well as plan civil rights strategies to achieve gay and lesbian equality under Canadian law.

After the students returned from Vancouver, an autonomous GATE group was formed in Edmonton as an activist group. Gradually, the group evolved into a community centre, answering to the community’s need for services and resources, metamorphizing into the Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton (GLCCE) in 1987, and, finally, the Pride Centre of Edmonton in 2004.

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