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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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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Capital Pride announces 2022 Theme “All Together Now” and plans for new programming and an expanded Festival Weekend  

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OTTAWA – Following two years of virtual celebrations, today Capital Pride is pleased to announce the return of the Capital Pride Festival from Sunday, August 21, to Sunday, August 28, 2022. This year’s festival theme is All Together Now and speaks to the community reuniting to celebrate and advocate.

“Planning is well underway for our 2022 Capital Pride Festival and we look forward to hosting  8 days of great programming for the entire community,” said Toby Whitfield, Executive Director of Capital Pride. “We hope this year’s Festival will be an opportunity to come together to celebrate but also that it will serve as a platform for continued advocacy for the 2SLGBTQ+ community.”

Today the following new programming and plans for an expanded Festival Weekend can also be announced: 

  • A new public art project will take place throughout the week and feature art installations reflecting this year’s theme, All Together Now! 
  • The annual Capital Pride Pageant is on the move, now taking place at Southam Hall at the National Arts Centre on Thursday, August 25 with contestants competing to be crowned the next Ms. Capital Pride, Mr. Capital Pride and Mx. Capital Pride. 
  • Festival Weekend returns to Bank Street from Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28 with three nights of live entertainment, an expanded street festival and a new Family Zone at Dundonald Park. 
  • Festival Weekend will feature live entertainment across three stages: the TD Main Stage at Bank Street & Slater Street, the Somerset DJ Stage at Bank Street and Somerset Street, and a Community Stage at Bank Street & Laurier Street. 

About the 2022 Theme: All Together Now!

This year’s theme “All Together Now” is an invitation to the community to celebrate and advocate. The Capital Pride Festival brings our communities together. After a challenging two years, we are excited to celebrate All Together Now! This is our opportunity to reconnect and celebrate the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community!  

At the same time, Pride is rooted in activism. When we come together, we reflect on the challenges our communities face and the progress that has been achieved—and we continue to advocate for action locally and around the world.  

Our communities are stronger when we are all together.

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Accepting Applications: Capital Pride Youth Art Showcase at the OAG

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The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) and Capital Pride are teaming up together to curate a summer art exhibition featuring work from young queer artists in the city!

The selected works will be showcased in the OAG’s public areas and the exhibition, along with its accompanying workshops and events, will run between August 10th and September 11th 2022.

Submissions will be reviewed and juried by members of both the OAG and Capital Pride youth councils.
All mediums are welcome and each applicant may submit up to one work or one body of work (ie: a series of paintings or photographs with similar themes). The works will be evaluated on various criteria such as concept, originality and technical ability. The deadline to apply is June 11th, 2022.

Participants will be notified of results via email within a month of the submission deadline. Selected exhibiting artists will be awarded a small honorarium and will need to have their artwork ready for installation and display by August.

Follow us on Instagram @oagyouthcouncil and @fiertecappride for news and updates on our programming! If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Application here

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Capital Pride 2022 Community Consultation Survey Report

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The mission of Capital Pride / Fierté dans la Capitale is to create opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Canada’s capital region, on the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people. Capital Pride is committed to reflecting the perspectives of the communities we serve.

As we navigate into new territory for the 2022 Capital Pride Festival we have a reinvigorated focus to create community connections and bring forth festival programming that will benefit the National Capital Region’s 2SLGBTQ+ communities. For this reason we have conducted a community consultation process to gather input from 2SLGBTQ+ community members and organizations in order to:

  1. assess how beneficial, accessible, and enjoyable Capital Pride’s events and initiatives are to 2SLGBTQ+ people in Ottawa and Gatineau;
  2. identify areas of the festival programming that need improvement, especially within the focuses of family programming and BIPOC programming;
  3. assess the impact and assess any concerns in regards to potential locations for the 2022 Capital Pride Festival; and
  4. explore new ideas and opportunities that will contribute to its mission.

This report will summarize the input gathered from the online survey and outline the steps that Capital Pride will be taking to incorporate, with its finite resources, the feedback and ideas from the community and local 2SLGBTQ+ organizations.

The first three sections describe the methodology we employed (‘What We Did’), the groups who participated (‘Who We Heard From’), and the results of the survey (‘What We Heard’). The final section, ‘What We Will Be Doing’ outlines the future commitments Capital Pride is undertaking to improve its events, relationships with communities, organizations and accessibility. The survey questions are also included at the end of the report [Appendix 1].

Capital Pride remains committed to community outreach and engagement with 2SLGBTQ+ communities. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took the time to complete our survey and offer their insights to help guide Capital Pride’s planning process for the 2022 festival. Engaging with community partners is a continuous process and we shall continue to reach out, engage in conversations and listen to the diverse voices of the National Capital Region’s 2SLGBTQ+ communities.

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​​All Blood is Equal Coalition welcomes changes to blood donor policies at Canadian Blood Services

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Today’s decision by Health Canada to authorize Canadian Blood Services to change its approach to blood and plasma donor screening ends a decades-long discriminatory ban which has targeted Two-Spirit, gay, bisexual, and queer men, trans women, and other men who have sex with men (2SGBTQ+/MSM). 

 “Today’s change in blood donor policies at Canadian Blood Services is long overdue and marks a significant victory in our efforts to end the discriminatory blood ban,” says Toby Whitfield, Chair of the All Blood is Equal Coalition. “For decades the blood ban perpetuated homophobic and transphobic discrimination against the 2SLGBTQ+ community. While our work will continue, today’s announcement is an important step towards righting this wrong.”

The Coalition will continue its work in the months ahead to support reconciliation between our community and blood operators,  address testing processes that continue to limit individuals who take PrEP and PEP from donating blood,  ensure the introduction of appropriate training for frontline blood donor staff,  advocate for the same regulatory change to be adopted by Hema Quebec and work to address other challenges that continue to exist.

Activists, 2SLGBTQ+ organizations, students’ unions and labour unions have long advocated an end to this discriminatory ban. A lifetime ban was introduced in 1992 and changed to a 5 year deferral period in 2013. This deferral period has been shorted since 2013 but remained discriminatory because any ban reinforces the idea that blood donated from the 2SGBTQ/MSM community posed unique public health risks, which is false.

The All Blood is Equal Coalition is a national coalition of Canadian organizations committed to ending Canada’s discriminatory blood donation ban.

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Capital Pride is hiring 

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Capital Pride is currently hiring students for summer positions to help coordinate the 2022 Capital Pride Festival.

The available positions are:

The positions are full-time from Monday, May 16 to Friday, September 2 and are paid at a rate of $17.00 per hour.

Applicants are asked to submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] no later than Thursday, May 12 

Eligibility 

It is expected that this position will be supported by the Canada Summer Jobs Program. As such, applicants must meet the following requirements:  

  • Have been registered as full-time students in the current academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in September 2022;
  • Be between the ages of 15 and 30 at the start of employment;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • Be legally entitled to work according to provincial legislation and possess a valid Social Insurance Number; and
  • Not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits at the start of the job.

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Capital Pride is Recruiting Volunteer Team Leads

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Operations Team Recruitment

Team Leads help to plan and execute various parts of the Capital Pride Festival. Team Leads are part of the Operations Team and report to the Executive Director. A group of Festival Week Volunteers will be assigned to many of the teams.  

Team Leads will volunteer approximately 10-20 hours a month, with additional hours in the immediate lead-up to and during the Festival. Organization wide team meetings take place monthly and include all team leaders. Team Leads must be available throughout Festival Weekend (August 26 – 28, 2022). 

Current Opportunities: 

Interested in joining the team? Please complete our application form and submit a resume here. The deadline to apply is July 6, 2022 although applications may be reviewed as they are received.

1-1 virtual appointments, sign-up via Calendly: Link Here

Additional questions? Contact [email protected] 

Kindly note that Festival Week Volunteer positions will be posted June 13. Sign-up here to receive more information about festival week volunteers and to be notified once the positions are posted.

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Capital Pride seeking input in Community Consultation Survey

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Capital Pride is seeking input for the 2022 Capital Pride Festival programming. Please take a few minutes to complete our anonymous survey to let us know how we can better represent and serve the community 2SLGBTQ+ community in the National Capital Region. We are looking forward to receiving your feedback and putting it into action. We will be releasing a final report following the consultation process.

Take part in our survey and enter to win $50 gift cards to Ottawa 2SLGBTQ+ businesses!


English Survey: https://forms.gle/hQMZSp8Sb4WKgcNQA

The deadline to complete the survey is February 28, 2022.

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Capital Pride condemns convoy participants’ homophobia and transphobia

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Ottawa community members are the ongoing targets of hate speech, hate crimes, and harassment from participants in the downtown Ottawa convoy. As disruptions continue throughout downtown Ottawa, there continues to be reports of community members being the target of hate speech, hate crimes and harassment. 

Ottawa’s Centretown has a long and proud history of being a home for LGBTQ activism and community. Today, residents are afraid to leave their homes, and have been subject to intimidation and harassment for displaying the pride flag in their homes and in their neighbourhoods. When residents do walk their streets, they are faced with homophobic and transphobic slurs and signs. Even online, Ottawans have been the target of harassment. These troubling events occurred alongside widely reported incidents of harassment, racism, anti-Semitisim and other troubling and violent conduct.

As a consequence of the ongoing disruptions, front-line community organizations — including health services — have had to limit services or suspend operations. We recognize this has a profound impact on 2SLGBTQ+ people as well as all residents and community members.

Demonstrations that allow such hateful conduct to go unchecked have no place in our city. 

There is nothing peaceful about homophobia and transphobia, racism, xenophobia, or anti-Semitism. There is nothing peaceful about the forced closure of front-line health centres and community services. There is nothing peaceful about schools, vaccination clinics and city services having to close. There is nothing peaceful about the emotional and psychological impact of being harassed in your own community.

Those who live, work and learn downtown deserve to feel safe and supported in their own community. Individuals should have access to health care services and front-line community services. Families should have access to childcare and schools.

It is time to restore peace in our City.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Join our Board of Directors

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Anticipated start date: March 1, 2022
Commitment: 10-15 hours per month

Capital Pride is committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome and, in particular, applications are encouraged from members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons living with HIV/AIDS, older adults and seniors, francophones, immigrants and newcomers, women and gender diverse folx.

Description

Do you want to be part of the dynamic and passionate team that provides direction and management to the largest Pride festival in the region? Capital Pride is looking for several new board members to contribute to the organization’s strategic direction and growth, provide sound governance and advice to the Operations team, and serve as ambassadors within the community.

Capital Pride brings together a team of dedicated staff and volunteers to make the Capital Pride Summer Festival happen each year, as well as a myriad of year-round events. The mission of Capital Pride is to create opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ communities in the National Capital Region – the unceded and unsurrendered traditional land of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people.

Skills & Qualifications

Board Members are responsible for ensuring the success of the organization by attending board meetings and contributing strategic oversight; helping to develop, implement and monitor policies; designing the creation or expansion of programs and services, fundraising and reviewing the organization’s budgets and other financial activity; representing Capital Pride in the community and to the media, and; assisting with growth and development in other ways.

We are looking for a group of candidates who, together, will have a broad range of experience and contribute an array of skills that will benefit the organization and who reflect the diversity of the community we serve. Skills and experience that are welcomed include (but is certainly not limited to):

  • Communications, marketing, media or public relations
  • Planning and/or implementing advocacy strategies and campaigns
  • Large-scale events management
  • Non-profit governance and administration experience
  • Experience with, or involvement in, 2SLGBTQ+ community organizations

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume that outlines the experience and skills you will bring to Capital Pride to [email protected]. Capital Pride will recruit for the position of Executive Secretary, and 1-4 other Directors-at-large to the Board of Directors. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, deadline for submission: February 7, 2022.

Want to learn more about the Capital Pride team and the role of our Board of Directors? 

  • Book a one-on-one meeting with a member of the Team, sign-up for a meeting here
  • Get in touch via email at [email protected] 

Interested in other volunteer roles with Capital Pride? 

We’ll be recruiting Team Leads to help organize the 2022 Festival starting in February. Team Leads take on leadership roles, helping to organize the parade, street festival and pride pageant and coordinate social media and communications, volunteers and backstage logistics. We’ll be posting further information about these roles in February on our social media and capitalpride.ca. 
We’ll also be recruiting Festival Week Volunteers throughout the summer. Volunteers help at events throughout the Festival including the pride parade, main stage, street festival and youth events.

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Capital Pride announces Queer, Trans, Black and Proud: a month of programming in recognition of Black History Month

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This February, Capital Pride is proud to present Queer, Trans, Black and Proud a month of programming that celebrates and honours the Queer and Trans Black community. The programming is being organized in recognition of Black History Month. 

A variety of events will take place each week including a panel discussion featuring a Black leader within the 2SLGBTQ+ community;  a youth art workshop in partnership with the Ottawa Art Gallery;  a night of music, drag and performances; a keynote event with Canadian writer and activist Kim Katrin Milan; and a performance by Canadian artist Desiire as part of the NAC’s Friday’s at the Fourth. Further details and a full line-up of events is online at capitalpride.ca.

Recognizing the evolving nature of COVID-19, we anticipate some events will be delivered virtually while it is hoped that events later in the month will be delivered in a hybrid format. All programming will align with public health guidance and details will be shared in the lead-up to each individual event.

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Capital Pride applauds its partnership with Bilingual Ottawa

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This year, Capital Pride received support from Bilingual Ottawa’s microgrant and today we are pleased to update the community on accomplishments achieved thanks to this funding. The Bilingual Ottawa grant allowed the Capital Pride Festival to increase its linguistic accessibility by expanding programming and delivering events bilingually.

In particular, the grant supported:

  • Simultaneous interpretation and captioning of 3 panel discussions and 1 keynote presentation (from English to French).
  • The development of a panel discussion focused on gender-diverse francophone perspectives within the 2SLGBTQ community, which was also simultaneously interpreted and captioned.
  • The creation of a bilingual children’s colouring book. 
  • The translation of marketing materials and web content.  

The project’s programming engaged 2,400 people directly and reached over 24,500 indirect participants.

“The support of Bilingual Ottawa has been crucial in helping Capital Pride to deliver important programming in a more linguistically accessible way, while also highlighting the particular perspectives of French-speaking members of the National Capital’s 2SLGBTQ+ community,” said Francesco MacAllister-Caruso, Capital Pride’s Director of Francophone Affairs. “Bilingual Ottawa’s investment into our community-based projects has helped to strengthen our city’s bilingual character and continues to play an invaluable role in creating a more inclusive community, in line with Capital Pride’s mission.”

“ACFO Ottawa and the Bilingual Ottawa program are honored to have supported the bilingual initiatives of Capital Pride and help community based initiatives create their own space. It is important for us that all communities are represented in the language of their preference,” said Patrick Pharand, Bilingual Ottawa Program Manager.

About the Bilingual Ottawa Grant

Bilingual Ottawa is a microgrant funded through the federal government’s Canadian Heritage Action Plan for Official Languages and is administered in Ottawa by the Association des communautés francophones d’Ottawa.  38 projects received support through the program, including Capital Pride. For more information please visit https://acfoottawa.ca/bilingualottawa

About Capital Pride

Capital Pride creates opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. The 2021 Capital Pride Festival took place August 23-29. For more information, please visit www.capitalpride.ca

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Capital Pride welcomes Throne Speech commitment to banning conversion practices, will continue to advocate to end the discriminatory blood ban.

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Capital Pride welcomes the Government’s commitment to finally ban conversion practices. Conversion practices cause serious harm, perpetuate stigma and have been widely discredited. In recognition of the serious impact of conversion practices, any legislation to ban these practices must be comprehensive in scope, provide funding and support for survivors and include a public education campaign.

This summer, Bill C-6 which banned conversion therapy died when Parliament was dissolved. Following the election, Capital Pride, along with 100 other organizations, signed onto No Conversion Canada’s Community Call to Action, calling on Parliament to ban conversion practices and support survivors. 

The Call to Action provides a detailed set of criteria that the legislation must address. It is available here: /bit.ly/3bqMh0r 

Absent from the Throne Speech was a commitment to end the discriminatory blood ban. We welcome recent news that Canada Blood Services has announced it will seek regulatory approval to move from a discriminatory screening process to a behaviour based approach. However, we will continue to work with the All Blood is Equal coalition to push for an end to the blood ban without further delay. More information about the campaign is available here: www.allbloodisequal.ca

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Capital Pride to host Priyanka as part of her Taste Test Tour, November 18 at The Bronson Centre Theatre

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Ottawa, ON – Capital Pride is pleased to announce that it will host drag superstar Priyanka in Ottawa on Thursday, November 18 as part of her Taste Test Tour, promoting her new album Taste Test.

Capital Pride has taken on the event, with proceeds going to the organization. The show was cancelled by the original promoters, but will now go on, on the same date, with tickets available through capitalpride.ca, and at the original location, Bronson Centre Music Theatre.

“Capital Pride is pleased to be able to bring Priyanka to Ottawa and share this amazing show with our local community,” said Toby Whitfield, Executive Director of Capital Pride. “In line with our commitment to the local drag community, we are also excited to provide an opportunity for local drag performers to share the stage with this iconic performer.”

“We are thrilled to host Priyanka and the local drag performers at Bronson” said Lisa Zbitnew, co owner of the venue.  I’ve had the opportunity to see her perform, and Ottawa is in for a very special treat.  We hope to do many more drag performances here and support the community and the local drag talent. It’s been a tough 2 years for all performers, and we look forward to adding to the vibrant local Ottawa scene”.

“My new album has just surpassed 2 million streams and I am so excited to celebrate in Ottawa with my iconic fans,” said Priyanka. “Ottawa is so special to me! I’ll never forget playing Capital Pride before I was even on Drag Race. This event is going to be a full scale concert experience that benefits Capital Pride. I can’t wait!”

This newly announced show will go on sale on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 through www.capitalpride.ca. The tickets for the original show have been refunded through Eventbrite and a new ticket purchase is required for this show.

Priyanka is the winner of the first season of Canada’s Drag Race. In July, Priyanka released Taste Test and is now touring across North America and Europe.

Event Details:

WhenThursday, November 18, 2021
Where:The Bronson Centre Theatre
Time:Doors open at 7:00pm
Show from 8-10:30pm
Featuring:Priyanka
Hosted By Kiki Coe, with performances by Kimmy Couture, Ben Dover, Saltina Shaker, Shea D. Ladie and Devona Coe
With a live viewing of Canada’s Drag Race, Episode 6

Tickets:
Tickets go on sale at noon on Tuesday, November 9 at capitalpride.ca. The show is general admission. Ticketholders with tickets to the original show will need to repurchase tickets at capitalpride.ca.

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Statement from Capital Pride 

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There is no place for hate within 2SLGBTQ+ communities. More than ever, we must work together to confront bullying and harassment and all forms of oppression, including transphobia, homophobia, racism, sexism, ableism, xenophobia, or otherwise. 

The conduct of Yaya Torres and Haus of Torres is unacceptable. Capital Pride is not currently working with either party and we confirm we will not be working together in the future. 

It has also been made evident that our 2021 Ms. Capital Pride, Babe Kelly, has engaged in unacceptable behaviour rooted in racism and transphobia. This conduct fails to meet the communities’ expectations of a Capital Pride titleholder and violates our code of conduct for pageant contestants and winning titleholders. 

Today, Capital Pride met with Babe Kelly and accepted her resignation as Ms. Capital Pride 2021. While this is a serious decision, we believe the consequences reflect the severity of the current situation and that the outcome is inline with Capital Pride’s mission to respect the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. 

This week’s news also demonstrates that these issues were not isolated. In the coming weeks, we are committed to working with the local drag community, event organizers and establishments, and community groups to develop an awareness campaign that seeks to confront hate within our spaces. We will also support the drag community as they seek to create positive change and address some of the underlying issues that have come to light over the last few days. 

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Capital Pride is Hiring!

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Current job opportunities:

Community Engagement Coordinator

Full-time, 1 year contract starting November 2021

Capital Pride is seeking a Community Engagement Coordinator who will be responsible for working with community groups and supporting their engagement in our 2022 activities; leading the development of Capital Pride’s volunteer team; supporting community outreach and communications activities; and building our local business partnership program,  

Communications & Administrative Coordinator

4 month contract, November 2021 – February 28, 2022

Capital Pride is seeking a bilingual Communications & Administrative Coordinator to assist with the development and delivery of the organization’s social media strategy; the development of digital and web materials and to support administrative projects. 

Applicants are asked to submit applications to [email protected] no later than Friday, October 22, 2021.

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Toby Whitfield
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Capital Pride Bids Farewell to its First Executive Director

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October 1, 2021 • OTTAWA, ONTARIO
It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Osmel B. Guerra Maynes departure as Executive Director of Capital Pride. Osmel has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss him and his inspiring leadership, we wish him the best of luck in his new endeavour as the Director of Community Engagement, Social Programs, and Inclusion at HQ Toronto, a centre of excellence in gay men’s health, providing tailored mental health services, sexual health services, and community/social programming.


We want to thank him for his dedicated service, which involved many significant accomplishments. Some of his most notable achievements include the execution of Capital Pride’s Strategic Plan 2021-2023, successfully increasing and diversifying the organization’s revenue, launching incredible virtual programming throughout the pandemic, and amplifying BIPOC and marginalized community members.


During this transition period, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead, while still maintaining a stable and effective organization. As such, the Board of Directors is committed to engaging in a recruitment process to find Capital Pride’s next Executive Director. Until a new Executive Director can be recruited, Toby Whitfield has graciously agreed to return to the helm of the organization on a temporary basis. Toby is very familiar with Capital Pride, having served as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and as the Festival Director for the 2019 Summer Pride Festival. We are confident that Toby will be able to ensure a smooth transition and lead the organization into success while we search for a permanent Executive Director.


Again, we cannot thank Osmel enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm, and motivation he has given to Capital Pride. Osmel will be greatly missed by the staff, Board members, and partners alike. We look forward to following the success of his career and are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of Capital Pride as we continue to support 2SLGBTQ+ communities within the National Capital Region.


Any questions regarding this transition process can be forwarded to Geneviève Colverson, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, by email at [email protected]


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. For further details please visit capitalpride.ca.

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613-680-3033

​​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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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
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Tel: 613.680.3033 ext. 100