Two Foothills area groups are a collective of more than a dozen LGBTQ organizations that are disallowing the United Conservative Party from taking part in 2024 Pride events.

On Friday, May 17, Queer Citizens United released a statement in "direct response to Premier Danielle Smith's stated intention to infringe on the rights, freedoms, and healthcare of the transgender community in Alberta." 

The groups represented in the statement will be taking steps not to allow the premier or any members of the UCP caucus to participate in Pride events.

Undersigned were 14 Alberta-based LGBTQ groups, including Okotoks Pride and Foothills Rainbow Connection.

"You may not join our celebrations in June when you plan to attack us in September," it reads.

The statement alludes to proposed policies that would limit gender-affirming care for minors, and require parental consent for Albertan students aged 15 and under who want to use names or pronouns other than those assigned to them at birth in school.

Smith announced the policy changes in February, and they're set to be tabled in September.

The 14 groups are calling on Smith to reconsider the changes and consult with the Queer community.

The statement was issued on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Earlier that day, the Minister of Arts, Culture and Status of Women, Tanya Fir, issued a statement in recognition of the day.

"By standing in solidarity with those impacted by homophobia, transphobia and biphobia, we not only support those we know and care for, but also uphold the values of compassion, respect and understanding that define us as a province and as a people," the statement partially reads.