Inclusivity is the name of the game as Edmonton, AB, approaches its 35th annual Pride festivities, starting June 5.

But on a recent Sunday, John, a cyclist, took offence when he was barred entry to the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ Society BikeWorks South due to an in-store program, which seeks to create inclusive spaces for gender minority groups.

Three times a month, the volunteer-staffed bike shop near Whyte Avenue hosts a Sunday afternoon program, which promotes an inclusive space for Women, Trans & Gender Non-Binary identifying individuals.

So when John, a cisgender man, went looking for bike parts on one of these Sundays found that he couldn’t get into the store “because of his gender,” he claimed the program made him feel “excluded” and dubbed it as “segregation.” MetroNews notes that he has since filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

These specialized programs are a means to encourage minority groups to be more involved and engaged in our community.

However, John’s case presents a controversial question. Where does the entitlement of the privileged meet the empowerment of the (traditionally-oppressed) minorities?

Source: MetroNews Canada



Collins Maina

Collins Maina is a writer who keeps a critical eye on minority issues. He is from Nairobi, Kenya, and is now based in Edmonton, Alberta, going into the final year of his undergraduate degree in Political Science. In his spare time he's constantly thinking of ways to blame his insecurities on capitalism

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