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Catholic community centre rejects LGBTQ fundraising event: White Rock Pride

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DH Vancouver Staff Apr 01, 2019 11:35 am 3,007

The White Rock Pride Society (WRPS) says it was denied rental access to a Catholic Community Centre for its Pride Fundraising Gala.

The pride society says that it was looking for a larger venue to host its gala, which is scheduled to take place in July 2019.

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“WRPS was looking for a larger venue to host this year’s fundraiser. WRPS submitted a rental application to the Star of the Sea Community Centre, owned by Star of the Sea Catholic Parish in White Rock, BC,” said the WRPS, in a statement.

WRPS says its application was rejected by the Parish “on the grounds that the WRPS charity event was not in accordance with the faith and morals of the Catholic Church.”

“Our fundraiser gala is to celebrate inclusiveness, equality and diversity in our community,” said Ernie Klassen, WRPS President, in a statement. “We are saddened the Star of Sea Parish is unwilling to accommodate such harmonious festivities.”

The proceeds from this year’s fundraiser help raise money for the Alexandra Neighbourhood House. The organization operates programs for LGBT2Q+ seniors and youth in South Surrey.

“White Rock Pride is honoured to help support and celebrate Alexandra Neighbourhood House and its model of diversity and acceptance of all citizens,” said Klassen.

Daily Hive has reached out to Star of the Sea Parish for comment.

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