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Calgary-Bow MLA Deborah Drever pictured in Edmonton Alta, on Thursday May 21, 2015. Drever has been suspended from the NDP caucus and will sit as an independent.Jason Franson/The Canadian Press

A rookie member of the Alberta legislature who was suspended from the NDP caucus over a controversial photo says she won't be quitting her job.

Deborah Drever says in a statement on Facebook that she's sorry for what she calls her "flippant attempt at humour."

She says she supports gay rights, but understands that the picture may have caused some people harm.

The photo shows former Tory Premier Jim Prentice and a cabinet minister with doodled speech bubbles that suggest the two men are gay.

Drever says she posted a screen capture of the photo on her Instagram account a year before the May 5 election.

She says she will stay on as an Independent member of the legislature for Calgary Bow and plans to meet with equal rights organizations.