After UBC allows anti–SOGI speaker to hold event, Vancouver Pride rejects university from 2019 parade

After a controversial speaker was permitted to hold an event at UBC, the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) has denied the educational institution an official entry into this year’s Pride parade.

The Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) announced today (July 8) that UBC’s application to the 2019 parade was declined.

The VPS explained in a news release that all applicants to the parade are evaluated on their answers to questions that determine how much the values of applicants align with those of the VPS.

The UBC application for participation in the 2019 parade received a low-score assessment. The VPS explained that the score reflected UBC’s decision to allow controversial anti–SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) speaker Jenn Smith to hold an event on June 23 on campus, which the VPS deemed “a platform for transphobic hate speech“.