• RDQCA Staff

OOPS, HE DID IT AGAIN!

RED DEER QUEER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION CONDEMNS JASON KENNEY FOR AIDS/HIV COMPARISON IN FEBRUARY 8th PRESS RELEASE


Calls for further action in addition to February 9th Apology

 

The Red Deer Queer Community Association calls for Jason Kenney to expand on his February 9th apology following the horrendous comparison he made between current-day antivaxxers and the victims of the AIDS/HIV epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s during his COVID 19 update on February 8th 2022.


(You can see the lead-up to the comment above at timestamp 1:07:17), where Mr Kenney is answering a media follow-up question about the social tensions between the vaccinated and unvaccinated)

Like many other Albertans, we at the Red Deer Queer Community Association were watching the February 8th update to learn about the new COVID restriction updates. What we were not expecting was to hear such a gross misrepresentation of 2SLGBTQIA+ history being used in comparison to the social inflammation between the vaccinated and unvaccinated.


The AIDS/HIV epidemic was a very dark period of 2SLGBTQIA+ history that removed an entire generation from our community across North America. For Premier Kenney to speak of it with such blatant disregard - and with such little understanding of the unquantifiable devastation that period wrought - shows that he has never been, and still refuses to be, an ally to the 2SLGBTQIA+ peoples of Alberta.


The Red Deer Queer Community Association requests that Mr Kenney avail himself of learning more about the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and the struggles that we have undergone throughout history and in many capacities in this province still today. For as he said himself, the sentiment of treating fellow people as if they are somehow unclean is deeply concerning.

 

Watch the full video update here (via YouTube)

Want the info without the drama? See the restriction updates here (via the Alberta Government website)

See an article about Mr Kenney's apology here (via CTV Edmonton)


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