​​Capital Pride statement regarding apparent vandalism of Bank Street Rainbow Crosswalk

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Capital Pride issued the following statement in response to an apparent act of vandalism of the Rainbow Crosswalk on Bank Street:

Hate-motivated acts of vandalism have no place in our community.

Today’s news that the rainbow crosswalks at Bank Street and Somerset Street appear to have been vandalised overnight is deeply troubling. While the incident continues to be investigated, it follows a disturbing trend of vandalism of pride symbols – and particularly of rainbow crosswalks – across the country, including in Wasaga Beach, Gananoque, Vancouver, Lethbridge, Nanaimo, Prescott, and Barrie.

As we reflect on the many important discussions taking place this week, it remains important to recognise that members of the the 2SLGBTQ+ community have long been victims of violence, as have Indigenous peoples, racialized communities, immigrants, religious groups and many others. This act reminds us of the need to continue to challenge and resist all forms of oppression, including homophobia and transphobia, wherever they may arise.

The theme of this year’s Pride celebrations, We Still Demand, is meant as both a reminder of the work that remains to be done to achieve full equality for 2SLGBTQ+ people in Canada, and a call-to-action for community members and allies alike to take a stand when they witness these types of hate-motivated incidents.

As the community joins together to celebrate the 2021 Capital Pride Festival, we remain committed to our efforts to build a more inclusive community.

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Osmel Guerra Maynes
Executive Director
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6137992284

The 2021 Capital Pride Festival returns to Lansdowne Park for TD Spectacular, a one-day in-person event celebrating the 2SLGBTQ+ community!

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Capital Pride is pleased to announce plans to host its TD Spectacular event in-person on the Great Lawn at Lansdowne Park. The event is all ages and takes place Sunday, August 29, 2021 from 3:00pm – 10:00pm. It will include a mix of live and virtual performances, a beer garden and food trucks. The event will be smaller than recent in-person Capital Pride festivals, with limited capacity and COVID safety guidelines in place.

“We are proud to host this event and create an opportunity for the community to come together and reconnect after a challenging 18 months,” said Osmel B. Guerra Maynes, Capital Pride Executive Director. “While Pride has never been cancelled, we recognize the challenge of creating community with virtual programming and are excited to invite folks to celebrate in person with us this year while we look to a bigger event in 2022”

TD Spectacular will be hosted virtually by Priyanka, Canada’s Drag Race Winner and includes live performances by DJ Sandy Duperval, Kiki Coe and Adrianna Exposee, and virtual performances by The Peptides and Vales of Bollywood. Further performers will be announced in the coming week.

Capital Pride has developed a COVID safety plan with guidance from local public health officials. Attendees will be required to complete a COVID screening questionnaire upon arrival and wear a face mask in high traffic service areas such as the bar and washroom facilities. Capacity at the event will be limited and social distancing will be in place throughout the site, with the public encouraged to make use of the large outdoor green space. Attendees must sign-up for free tickets, which will be available at capitalpride.ca starting Monday, August 16, 2021.

“We will be asking the public, volunteers, performers and vendors to all play their part in following our COVID wise plans”, continued Guerra Maynes.“At the same time, Capital Pride is continuing to offer a wide range of virtual events, recognizing that some folks may not be ready to celebrate in person.”

About Capital Pride
Capital Pride creates opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Canada’s national capital region. The 2021 Capital Pride Festival takes place August 23-29, 2021 and includes a mix of virtual and in-person programming. A full list of events and programming is available at capitalpride.ca.

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Osmel Maynes
Executive Director
[email protected]
Tel: 613.680.3033 ext. 100

Capital Pride announces the virtual 2021 summer festival programming “We Still Demand!”

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Ottawa, Ontario – Capital Pride is excited to bring you the 2021 Capital Pride Festival presented by TD Bank Group, taking place August 22 – 29, 2021. This year’s festival will include both virtual and in person, allowing participants to enjoy programming at home and outdoors. This year’s celebrations, themed “We Still Demand!”, honours the first large-scale queer rights demonstration in Canada that took place in 1971. On the 50th anniversary of the iconic protest, we remember all the voices that helped us achieve and enjoy the rights and freedoms we cherish today.

“Pride is not cancelled; Pride will never be cancelled! We are working hard to bring an energetic and educational Capital Pride Festival that celebrates what we have overcome as a community, while educating and advocating for the work that lies ahead,” said Osmel B. Guerra Maynes, Executive Director of Capital Pride.

The festival builds upon Capital Pride’s prior educational programming and includes panel discussions on a variety of issues facing our community. We are also excited to welcome Dominique Jackson, Star of FX TV’s Pose and Starz TV’s American Gods; Rodney Diverlus, a movement artist, performance-maker, artivist, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter — Canada; Danny Ramadan, a Syrian Canadian award-winning novelist; and jaye Simpson a two -Spirit Oji-Cree of the Buffalo Clan with roots in Sapotaweyak and Skownan Cree nation who often writes about being queer in the welfare system, as well as being queer and indigenous.

Our annual Parade will be presented virtually and aims to capture the energy that is expected of Pride. This event will be broadcasted on Rogers TV with Scarlett Bobo (Canada Drag Race finalist) and Ottawa’s very own Sandra from KISS 103.5 FM hosting the parade. In partnership with the United Way East Ontario and Gen Next, Community Builders Awards will be presented to 2SLGBGTQ+ Community leaders who have made an impact in our communities.

Capital Pride is proud to have curated a list of local and regional 2SLGBTQ+ artisans and community vendors that will be participating in our Virtual Queer Market. Delivered in an innovative 3D format, the market can be visited on any computer, smartphone or tablet.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Pride without some fabulous drag performers! This year we are thrilled to be providing opportunities to local drag performers as well as welcoming drag performers from across the country and around the world to our virtual stage. This year’s Pride Pageant features 11 competitors from the National Capital Region competing to be 2021 Capital Pride Royalty. The festival also includes a drag cooking show, drag bingo with Kandy Muse (finalist on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13), panel discussion about mental health hosted by 2020 Mr. Capital Pride Cyril Cinder.

Two in-person events are taking place. Our inaugural drag brunch will be hosted by La La Ri (Miss Congeniality & Contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13). The 2SLGBTQ+ Human Rights Vigil will return in person and centres 2-Spirit and indigiqueer voices. Further opportunities for in-person programming continue to be explored.

We also would like to thank our sponsors for this year’s festival. Presenting Sponsor: TD Bank Group; Champion Sponsors: Rogers Communications (Rogers TV, KISS 105.3 FM, CityNews 101.1 FM), Loblaws Inc., IBM, Narcity, Air Canada; Advocate sponsors: Giant Tiger, Vizzy Seltzer, ViiV Healthcare, Skip the Dishes; Unifier sponsors: Nokia Canada, KPMG, TJX Canada, Nordstrom, Point 3D; Supporter sponsors: FjallRaven, Ottawa General Hospital, The Bank Street BIA, The Home Depot, IKEA, Conseil écoles publiques de l’Est l’Ontario, The National Art Centre (NAC), The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)  and many more.

Visit capitalpride.ca/virtual-pride-festival/ to see what Capital Pride has in store for its 2021 virtual Festival. Stay tuned to the Capital Pride social media channels, as more exciting events and headline entertainers will be announced in the upcoming weeks. 

About Capital Pride:

Capital Pride creates opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Canada’s national capital region. The 2021 Capital Pride Festival takes place August 22 – 29, 2021.

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Osmel B. Guerra Maynes
Executive Director
[email protected]
613.680.3033 ext 100 / 613.799.2284

50 Years Later, We Still Demand

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JUNE 14, 2021 ‒ Capital Pride’s mission is to create opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. As we reflect on Pride Month, we are reminded not only of the progress we have made so far, but also of the ongoing discrimination and hate that our community still faces, especially for those who experience other intersecting forms of marginalization.

Capital Pride stands in solidarity with all those fighting for equity and justice, and we join our voices to others in the community to demand better. Fifty years ago, pioneers of the 2SLGBTQ+ movement in Canada marched to Parliament Hill to present ten demands for legal changes and policy reforms to the federal government of the day, in what would become known as the We Demand protest. As stated in the document that these activists submitted to lawmakers, “in a democratic society, if one minority is denied freedom, all citizens are oppressed.” This continues to ring true today.

Fifty years later, despite progress made in protecting fundamental rights and freedoms, grave issues still persist. That is why the theme of this year’s Capital Pride celebrations, We Still Demand, is so incredibly important. We are proud to support the launch of the Capital Pride Youth Committee’s social media campaign, #WeStillDemand, to bring attention to the ongoing challenges facing 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Canada, while also advocating for solutions to issues like the discriminatory blood ban, ongoing conversion therapy, and a lack of accessible and transaffirmative healthcare, to name but a few.

Recent events across the country—including the tragic discovery of the unmarked mass grave of 215 Indigenous children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation; the horrific anti-Muslim terror attack in London, Ontario; the appalling gay-bashing incident in Toronto; a recent rise in anti-Semitic and Islamphobic rhetoric and violence across the country; transphobic posters being plastered across downtown Ottawa; ongoing anti-Black discrimination and unjust systems of over-policing; and a spike in anti-Asian hate crimes—show us how much work is left to do in order for us to achieve a truly just society.

While we encourage all community members, advocates and allies to add their voices to the growing calls for change, we also recognize that these events have been incredibly traumatic for many, especially those who see their identities reflected in the horrors we’ve witnessed in the past weeks and months. For those seeking support, here are some resources that may prove helpful:

  • Indian Residential School Survivors Society crisis line (available 24/7): 1-866-925-4419
  • Black Youth Helpline: 1-833-294-8650 or blackyouth.ca
  • Counselling connect (same or next day mental health appointments)
  • Jaku Konbit: (Black youth support group): 613-567-0600
  • KidsHelp phone (available 24/7): 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868
  • Mental Health Resource Guide, Ottawa Public Health
  • Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) with staff working remotely: 613-725-5671×316 or email [email protected]
  • Ottawa Distress Centre: 613-238-3311
  • Somali Centre for Family Services: 613-526-2075
  • Youth Services Bureau (YSB) crisis line available 24/7: 613-260-2360 or chat.ysb.ca

Despite these difficult times, we will continue our march forward in the pursuit of justice and dignity for all. Though our identities and experiences may differ, our common liberation is rooted in the dismantling of unjust structures that maintain our marginalization. Together, we can celebrate our diversity in all its forms, while also advocating for equity in everything that we do – and that is something that we, at Capital Pride, promise to continue doing.

In solidarity,

Capital Pride


If you believe in Capital Pride’s mission, if you share our vision for a truly just and equitable Canada, and if you want to contribute your time to help us achieve it, consider applying to our Board of Directors. We are seeking active members, especially of racialized and marginalized identities, to contribute their energy to continue celebrating, advocating, educating and connecting people within and beyond the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

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Osmel Guerra Maynes
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[email protected]
613-680-3033

Capital Pride provides an update on the 2021 Summer Festival – “We Still Demand!”

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APR 06, 2021 • OTTAWA, ONTARIO

It is with great excitement that Capital Pride unveils the theme of this year’s celebration. “We Still Demand!, was chosen to honour the first large scale queer rights demonstration in Canada that took place in 1971. On the 50th anniversary of the iconic protest, we remember all the voices that helped us enjoy the rights and freedoms we cherish today.

Since the advent of the pandemic, Capital Pride developed a path forward for the annual festival making last year’s virtual parade a success, while adhering to all public health guidelines. Pride celebrations have always been a place of love, allyship and compassion, and we are confident that this year will be no different.

Presented by TD Bank Group, the festivities will take place from August 22 – 29, 2021, and will feature both local and international talent. Festival favourites such as the official Flag Raising, Our Voices Speaker Series, Capital Pride Pageant and of course the Virtual Parade, will continue to be delivered in new and innovative ways.

“Last year was a huge success! Although we still are not able to celebrate in person together, Capital Pride will still demand access, we still demand a voice, and we still demand love!”, said Osmel B. Guerra Maynes, Executive Director of Capital Pride.

We know that the annual summer festival is loved by many, and gives us a platform to celebrate the 2SLGBTQ+ community and our allies in the National Capital Region. Stay tuned to Capital Pride’s channels for more information on programming and events.

About Capital Pride:

Capital Pride creates opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Canada’s capital region.

Contacts:

Osmel B. Guerra Maynes, Executive Director

Phone: 613-680-3033 ext. 100

Email: [email protected]

Riyadh Nazerally, Director of Communications (Board of Directors)

Email: [email protected]

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Capital Pride’s Board of Directors’ Updates

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The past year, in spite of all its challenges, has been a time of growth for Capital Pride. Through the past year, and especially in the last few months, the Board of Directors has been working very hard alongside the Operations team to develop a plan for its strategic direction in the coming months and years. Launching into 2021 has therefore been an exciting time for Capital Pride, especially the Board of Directors.

Capital Pride started the year with its Annual General Meeting in late January, which led to the nomination of a new Executive team for 2021. Having served as the Vice-Chair in 2020, Geneviève Colverson (she/her) was elected to the position of Chairperson and will serve in this position for 2021. Serving alongside her as the Vice-Chair is Victoria Wang (she/her), who previously served as the Director of Strategic Development. Jonathan Généreux (he/him) rounds out the current Executive in the role of Treasurer, in which he has been serving for the last several months. For more information about the members of the Board of Directors and the Executive team, please visit our website.

The Board of Directors also adopted its latest Strategic Plan for 2021 to 2023, that includes some ambitious goals and promises to continue to grow the organization with the needs of 2SLGBTQ+ communities in the National Capital Region at the forefront. Alongside this Strategic Plan, the Capital Pride Youth Committee has also launched its own Strategic Plan for the year ahead. To consult the Strategic Plan 2021-2023 and the Youth Committee’s Strategic Plan 2021, please visit our website.

In order to build on the past year’s growth and development and to implement the objectives identified in the Strategic Plan, the Board of Directives is seeking to grow its team of directors. The Board of Directors has also created a new position within the Executive team, for which it is now recruiting. The Equity & Inclusion Officer will be vital in ensuring that the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the decisions made by the Board of Directors. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors or for more information about the current opportunities, please see the postings on Charity Village: Equity & Inclusion Officer position and non-designated Director positions.

The Board of Directors is excited for what is to come and hopes the community will join us in continuing to celebrate, advocate, educate, and connect all members of our 2SLGBTQ+ communities!

About Capital Pride
Capital Pride creates opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Canada’s capital region.

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Osmel B. Guerra Maynes
Executive Director
[email protected]
613-680-3033 ext. 100

WinterPride 2021 is online and ready to deliver fierce programming!

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JANUARY 25, 2021 • OTTAWA, ONTARIO

To align with public health guidelines, the third annual WinterPride festival will take place online. Though there may not be opportunities to celebrate in person, we’re committed to bringing together the 2SLGBTQ+ community to celebrate our truth. Taking place from February 8-12 during Winterlude, the National Capital Region will be dazzled by virtual festive winter activities, performances, and much more.

“I’m thrilled to announce that the Capital Pride team has been hard at work – creating a great lineup that will be sure to put a smile across your face during these difficult times. WinterPride 2021 may be virtual, but we guarantee that you’ll be entertained!”

OSMEL GUERRA MAYNES, CAPITAL PRIDE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

WinterPride 2021 – Virtual Events

Start your engines racers, because WinterPride 2021 is bringing back our signature event, It’s Drag Henny hosted virtually by Bob The Drag Queen, Winner of RuPaul Drag Race Season 8 and Emmy nominated for her role on the HBO hit series We’re Here. This virtual show, featuring Ottawa’s drag royalty, will leave you gagged, gooped and asking for more.

Furthering our mission to create spaces for marginalized members of our community, we are excited to present Our Voices: Anti-Black Racism – A Black Queer Perspective speaker series featuring Rodney Diverlus (He/Him) and other BIPOC community leaders, Rodney is a Haitian-Canadian multi-hyphenate artist, artivist, and community activator. He is a founder of Black Lives Matter – Canada and a Director of Wildseed Centre for Art & Activism. He is author and co-editor of Canadian bestseller: “Until We are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada.”  

The week will also include a performance by Ottawa’s very own Kimberly Sunstrum. Already well-known in the local music scene, Kimberly’s unique blend of classic R&B, old-time country and 70’s Motown power bops is sure to soothe the soul.

Virtual Family & Youth Events

The Capital Pride Youth Committee partnered with Dress for Success to present FIERCE! Virtual First Impressions webinar. Tune in and learn how to stand out in a crowd, tips and tricks on how to find a job, and how to get noticed in a virtual world.

Youth can also participate in INStudio Winter Edition! a youth-focused art show featuring local 2SLGBTQ+ artists brought to you by the Capital Pride Youth Committee & the Ottawa Art Gallery Youth Council.

Last but not least, the whole family can get crafty with the Drag Family Hour hosted by non-binary Drag Performer and current Mx. Capital Pride Eve Anne Jellicle.

Capital Pride would like to thank our Champion Sponsor, Rogers and its affiliates Kiss 105.3, CityNews, Rogers TV and all other supporters for making this year’s festival happen.

Stay up to date on all the exciting WinterPride programming by visiting the Capital Pride Facebook page or capitalpride.ca. All events are free and can be streamed at capitalpride.ca/live. Event details will be announced in the coming days.

About Capital Pride

Capital Pride creates opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Canada’s Capital Region.

Contact:

Osmel B. Guerra Maynes, Executive Director

Tel: 613.680.3033 ext. 100

Email: [email protected]

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613-680-3033

The Capital Pride Youth Committee presents its first virtual coffeehouse

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The Capital Pride Youth Committee (CPYC) is proud to present: Cafe au Gay, its first virtual coffeehouse, on January 29th, 2020! Prepare to be entertained by live performers while connecting with other 2SLGBTQ+ youth online!

The CPYC is seeking youth artists based in the National Capital Region to perform at Cafe au Gay. All kinds of performers are welcome, from drag, singing, slam poetry, or more! To apply, visit this link. Applications will be accepted until January 25th, 2020. All performers will be compensated with an honorarium.Limited spaces are available, so be sure to secure your spot!

We are committed to supporting and connecting with 2SLGBTQ+ youth in an accessible way. Tickets to Cafe au Gay will be available on Eventbrite at no cost. The CPYC is looking forward to connecting with the community on January 29th!

So curl up with a warm beverage and a blanket and enjoy the great youth talent we have in the NCR!
If you have any questions please contact Kaitlyn Chen.

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Capital Pride in collaboration with Google Canada Presents: 2SLGBTQ+ Small Business Digital Skills Workshops

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Miss Rona got you down this fall, Capital Pride and Google Canada are gathering the small 2SLGBTQ+ business community to talk about operating in a digital-first world helping you gain the knowledge necessary to increase productivity and build your 2SLGBTQ+ small business.

Join us October 27th -November 12th for 2SLGBTQ+ Small Business Digital Skills Workshops hosted by Capital Pride in collaboration with Google Canada. 2SLGBTQ+ Digital Skills Workshops aims to support queer individuals, brands, and small businesses to build the necessary digital skills to succeed an increasingly digital landscape

All workshops are free and can you can register on capitalpride.ca.

Please take a look at our virtual workshops:

Tuesday: October 27
5:00 AM – 6:15 PM

Get Your Business Online: Managing your online presence

Ensure customers can find accurate, updated information about your local business on Google Search and Google Maps, no matter which device they use. This workshop includes hands-on time to build or edit a Google business profile, so you can get real- time feedback and help from Google experts.

Thursday: October 29
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Make Your Website Work for You: Best practices for your website

Learn how to create a search-friendly website that drives user action and supports your goals. Whether you’re launching a new website or sprucing up an old one, this workshop will help.

Tuesday: November 03
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Use YouTube to grow your business

Get best practices for creating a YouTube Channel and compelling video content that promotes your products and services and drives engagement with your brand.

Thursday: November 05
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

Learn the basics of Google Ads

Discover campaign types offered in Google Ads, including features to help you reach the right audience and potential customers to meet your marketing goals.

Tuesday: November 9
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Optimize your energy for high performance

Learn how to more effectively balance your energy and master your time to enhance overall productivity. You will get practical guidance, resources and exercises to incorporate in work and life.

Thursday: November 12
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Maximize your productivity with GSuite

Make the most of your time by managing your work in Google Sheets and creating a meeting agenda in Google Docs that drives your project forward and keeps you on pace.

Capital Pride’s mission is to create opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

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[email protected]
613-680-3033