Vancouver – With the Mayor set to kick off Pride Week in the City of Vancouver, Vision Vancouver is committing to keep moving Vancouver forward as a leader in support of LGBTTQ rights, equality, and inclusion.

“At all levels of Vancouver local government, Vision Vancouver has been steadfastly committed to moving Vancouver forward as an inclusive, equal, and even more fabulous city,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Progressive LGBTTQ inclusion policies at the Park Board and School Board, civic status and increased funding for the Pride Parade, and the Host City Pride Mission in Sochi are just a few strong examples of Vancouver’s leadership to build a city that is louder, prouder, safer, and stronger.”

Mayor Robertson and Vision candidates will be joined by world-renowned drag queen BenDeLaCreme (of RuPaul’s Drag Race) and Vancouver’s own Joan-E for the second annual VISION:PROUD event at Celebrities Monday evening, the same day that Mayor Robertson officially proclaims Pride Week.

“Vancouver must continue to do everything in its power to end homophobia and transphobia in all of their forms," said Vision Park Board candidate Coree Tull. "Vision Vancouver will keep working with the LGBTTQ community to make sure Vancouver doesn’t go backward on the remarkable progress we’ve made together.”

For more details on VISION:PROUD, visit http://proud.votevision.ca