For immediate release — 5 pm — Sat. 21 July 2018
For the first time, Equity Watch participated in Saturday’s Pride Parade.
Equity Watch Nova Scotia is a nonprofit organization representing hundreds of people who want to end bullying, harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Leading our marchers were two extraordinary women, Liane Tessier and Debbie Carleton. Tessier is the former Halifax firefighter who six months ago won a major case at the NS Human Rights Commission involving sex discrimination by HRM.
Debbie Carleton, a 23-year veteran of the Halifax Regional Police, is gay. In 2007, she was Pride Parade Marshal for the Police and acted as liaison with the police and the LGBTQ+ community. However, for the last few years, Carleton has been off work due to job-related PTSD. Her fight for justice and equality at HRM has resulted in her filing a complaint at the NS Human Rights Commission. The Halifax Regional Police have not marched in the Pride Parade for the last two years.