Capital Pride raises Progress Pride Flag with allies at Ottawa City Hall

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Capital Rainbow Refuge on hand to celebrate this year’s theme: All Together Now

Ottawa, On – Flanked by members and allies of the 2SLBGTQ+ community, Capital Pride Executive Director Toby Whitfield and Co-Chairperson Geneviève Colverson raised the Progress Pride Flag at Ottawa City Hall today. The Progress Pride Flag features black and brown stripes to represent 2SLBGTQ+ people of colour, the colors pink, light blue and white to represent the trans community, along with the 6 colours of the rainbow. 

“Today we mark the start of the Capital Pride Festival by raising both the Progress Pride Flag and the visibility of the 2SLGBTQ+ community across the National Capital Region,” said Toby Whitfield. Geneviève Colverson added, “Pride honours the victories won to support the 2SLGBTQ+ community – and we continue to advocate for progress locally and around the world. Our communities are stronger when we are all together.”

In August, Capital Pride announced Capital Rainbow Refuge as the inaugural Honoured Group for 2022. Speaking on the group’s behalf today, Durjoy Rahman recalled his lived experience as a beneficiary of their work to support and sponsor 2SLBGTQ+ refugees who resettle in Canada. “I feel free to be myself here in Canada,” said Rahman. “I live in a community that values and accepts me for who I am. This is what I am celebrating this year.”

Today’s Flag Raising marks the beginning of Pride Week: eight action-packed days of programming including six public art installations, an expanded Festival Weekend, and annual Pride Parade. This year’s theme All Together Now is an invitation to celebrate the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the National Capital Region.

Capital Pride celebrates the rich and diverse 2SLGBTQ+ community in the National Capital Region. Our mission is to create opportunities to advocate, educate and connect people through programming and events in partnership with our partner community groups, businesses, and sponsors.

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Toby Whitfield
Executive Director
[email protected]
613-680-3033

Capital Pride announces the recipients of the 2022 Community Project Fund

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Capital Pride’s Community Project Fund supports local community groups and individuals who organize events and activities that further one (or more) of Capital Pride’s objectives: education, advocacy, connection or celebration. The Fund provides grants of up to $1000 allowing groups to enhance or develop events taking place during the Festival.

Applicants organizing events or programming that serves marginalized and/or traditionally underrepresented communities within the LGBTQ2+ community were encouraged and prioritized. These include events or programming for trans people, non-binary people, racialized people, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, migrants, and people from other marginalized communities.

We are pleased to recognize the following groups who have received support from Capital Pride’s 2022 Community Project Fund.

Trans Community Picnic

Presented by: Rainbow Ottawa Student Experience
August 20th, 2022
5:00PM – 8:00 PM
Vincent Massey Park – 701 Heron Road

About this project:

The event will be a community picnic for the trans, non-binary, and gender diverse community providing a time to relax, recuperate, and heal from a day of activism. The goal is to provide food, and have 1-3 speakers to provide inspiring and reassuring words at a very difficult time and turning point in the world for the trans community. We’ll be coordinating with other community organizers to have trans-specific postering and chalking happening downtown as a lead up to our event.

Soirée de Drag dans le Vieux-Hull

Presented by: Jeunesse Idem
August 25th, 2022

About this project:

Last year, Jeunesse Idem planned a free drag show in downtown Hull and it was such a success that we want to do it again. A stage will be installed in the center of rue Laval, a pedestrian and commercial street, and the public will be able to attend the performances of several drag queens, from the street or from the terrace of one of the restaurants/bars in the area. Last year, the majority of the spectators came for the show, but a significant part of the crowd was made up of people who simply planned to go out downtown pleasantly surprised by the show, we expect that this is still the case this year. Ideally, the free show encourages a lot of curious people to come and discover the art of drag. We had several hundred attendees last year and expect to have even more now that the pandemic is less present in our lives. The animation will be done in French, allowing French-speaking Quebecers to feel included in the Pride celebrations in the capital.

En français, svp

Presented by: Open world production
August 24th, 2022
7:00PM – 10:00PM
2265 Robertson Road, Nepean

About this project:

A 100% francophone drag show at Kichessipi Beer Co. with performers from the region who can perform and interact with the audience in French. Our special guest will be Uma Gahd, Montreal-based drag star who is from our area. The event will be hosted by Adrianna Exposée and will feature Elle Faekwa?, Ruby Foxglove, Caligula. All proceeds will be donated to Northern Lights Refuge, an organization sponsoring LGBTQ+ refugees to Canada.

Prism; Capital Pride Edit

Presented by: Osgoode Youth Association
August 26th, 2022
6:00PM – 10:00PM
Osgoode Youth Association – 5479 Osgoode Street, Ottawa

About the Project:

O-YA is located in rural south Ottawa, where there are no existing services for 2SLGTBQ+ youth. But, we know there is a need! Currently, O-YA runs a Teen Drop In program, and a significant number of our teen participants are part of the 2SLGTBQ+ community. The remainder of our participants, and all of our staff are 2SLGTBQ+ allies. We have applied for funding from Bell Let’s Talk for an 2SLGTBQ+ program called Prism. While we await news of this funding, it would be great to try out a ‘mini version’ of the Prism program during Capital Pride week in the form of a fun event called Prism; Capital Pride Edit. Prism; Capital Pride Edit will take place on Friday, August 26 from 6 pm – 10 pm. In advance, the event will be well promoted through O-YA’s existing social media / website / email newsletter / in person marketing. We hope to register up to 20 youth in Grades 7 – 12 from rural south Ottawa, at an event cost of $10 / per person. For Prism, O-YA staff will transform the O-YA space in a fun and friendly Pride theme. When guests arrive, they will enjoy interactive entertainment stations where they can decorate cookies, paint, create a fun Pride sign for O-YA, and make our signature event mocktail (with cotton candy, of course!) and create a DIY appetizer. Guests will then be treated to entertainment. We are currently working with the Pride folks in North Greenville to help us with entertainment. But, we are hoping for a youth friendly drag BINGO or drag show. We will have music, a disco ball and a dance stage to cap the evening off. And, all of our guests will go home with a Pride themed swag bag (which will include Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health resources; www.ruralottawayouth.ca). A key part of our event will be that we are inviting Ottawa Public Health to be present at the event to answer questions and provide information specific to the 2SLGTBQ+ youth community.

ACB Block Party: Take Back the Block!

Presented by: AIDS Committee of Ottawa
August 21st, 2022
Jack Purcell Park – 19 Main Street, Ottawa

About the Project:

Hosting events during Pride month that centre BIPOC communities is crucial to QTBIPOC community building in Ottawa. BIPOC and specifically ACB (African, Caribbean, and Black) events are hosted annually in nearby major cities like Montreal and Toronto, and it’s time for Ottawa to do the same. This block party would serve as a performing arts space, community space, and an HIV rapid testing opportunity for Black folks during pride week. We’re hoping to reach Black 2SLGBTQ+ folks who are not already connected with our year-round programming at the AIDS Committee of Ottawa. African, Caribbean, and Black communities are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS – 60% of new HIV diagnoses amongst women in particular are ACB women. Gender diverse folks and 2SLGBTQ+ people (in particular, gay, bi, and other men who have sex with men) are also disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. During pride week, it’s our responsibility to create celebratory spaces while also meeting the year-round healthcare needs of priority populations. And so – we’d like to take back the block.

Pride Dance 2022

Presented by: Ottawa Date Squares
August 27th, 2022
1:30PM – 4:30PM
Jack Purcell Community Centre, room 203A – 320 Jack Purcell Lane

About the Project:

The Ottawa Date Squares is an LGBTQ+ square dance club founded in 1995 that teaches a brand of high energy dance moves set to modern music. We are hosting a Pride Square Dance on August 27, 2022. This intro to gay square dancing is free to all who wish dress in their favourite pride attire, enjoy festive music and celebrate who we are and learn something new at the same time.

Francopositif

Presented by: Action Positive VIH/SIDA
August 27th, 2022
Gay village (Bank & Somerset)

About the Project:

A show hosted by Sophie Stiquée with drag performances to highlight queer and BIPOC artists from Canada and the global francophone communities. A dj set will be followed by performances by queer and and bipoc francophone artists to introduce the community to francophone electronic music by queer and BIPOC artists.

Bliss Pride Party

Presented by: Lez Go
August 26th, 2022 8:00PM – 1:00AM
Queen St. Fare – 170 Queen Street

About the Project:

Lez Go is Ottawa’s newest lesbian+ events group (lesbian, bi, trans, non-binary, 2 spirit et al. are welcome). We started the group 3 months ago and now have just under 1500 members in our private Facebook group. Our Launch Party was on May 27th and we had 260 people in attendance. We are having another big party on Aug. 26th during Pride week. We are bringing in two DJs (and looking into belly dancers). Ticket prices will depend on sponsorship.                            

ACB HIV Prevention

Presented by: Somerset West Community Health Centre
August 27th, 2022
55 Eccles Street, Ottawa

About the Project:

The “rooted workshop” is intended for folks to slow down, and support their mental health through plants. Folks will also have the opportunity to connect including a session about mental and sexual health.

Abolishing Tuition & Advocating for Black, Indigenous, and Racialized Students’ Right to Free & Safe Education

Presented by: C.E.D.A.R Care Collective
August 27th, 2022

About the Project:

A new Collective of Black, brown, Indigenous, queer folks who are struggling for the abolition of tuition in what is currently called Canada; we operate primarily on the unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg. Our goal of this event is to share our Collective’s work with the community and build networks with other BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ groups organizing in this geographical region. At our booth we will also be hosting a ‘pay what you can’ clothing drive. The goal of the clothing drive is to continue our work of extending and building bonds of community care.

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Toby Whitfield
Executive Director
[email protected]
613-680-3033