The PrideHouseTO Initiative is a comprehensive, province-wide engagement and activation strategy for the lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer (LGBTQ) communities in Ontario during and leading up to the 2015 Pan/Para-Pan Am Games. The Initiative is a collaboration of over 12 organizations representing social services, education, government, labour, business and sport and recreation sectors and builds upon the tradition and success of Pride Houses during Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympic Games and London’s 2012 Summer Olympic Games… Read More
The PrideHouseTO Initiative will be delivered by a collaborative Leadership Team of non-profit and voluntary sector organizations under the framework of an established ‘terms of reference’ document. The Leadership Team appointed The 519 as the trustee organization and tasked The Centre with administrative and coordination roles that will enable volunteer leadership and grantor accountability, building on The 519′s established systems of governance, financial management and risk management. The project plan for PrideHouseTO is based on four pillars of programming led by Working Groups of volunteers. Three additional logistics groups, also made of volunteers, assist the entire team in their efforts to deliver the project… Read More
The PrideHouseTO project is lead by a Leadership Team of organizations from across the LGBTQ community including labour, education, social services, business and government. See the full list of our member organizations.
Pavilions are a multi-sport games tradition. A pavilion is a place for athletes and spectators to gather, a place where communities, countries and corporations can tell their stories and celebrate.
The 2010 Olympic Games featured a pavilion for the first time in history called PrideHouse. Since that time Pride Houses have been staged at many major sporting events, including the 2012 London Olympics and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games this summer. In 2015, the PrideHouse Pavilion will be at The 519 Church Street Community Centre and will be open from the Toronto Pride Festival until the end of the ParaPan Am Games.
This 47,000 square foot facility will be dedicated to programs and activities focused on sport and Pan American culture. It’s a place where people can come and learn about LGBTQ history and participation in sport, and LGBTQ human rights in the Americas.
PrideHouse Toronto will commission four community and public art projects that will be mounted at the Pavilion and is currently accepting programming applications from organizations that will animate the Pavilion for the full duration of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
PrideHouse Celebrates! will create a live site on Church Street and in Barbara Hall Park for three weekends in July – each of the weekends during the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. The live site activations will include stage shows, licensed gardens and open streets with sport and games play.
Torontonians and Games visitors are invited to come to Church-Wellesley Village to participate in sport, engage in Pan American cultural activities, and watch the Games in a space that welcomes everyone and that celebrates the diversity of our community.
Last June, PrideHouse Toronto trained 16 PrideHouse Ambassadors who came to Toronto from many parts of the province and this spring we will train another 20.
They are working hard to activate regional celebrations to celebrate the Toronto Games and LGBTQ inclusion in sport. Those activities might include a panel discussion in London, a sports day in Thunder Bay, or a movie night in Ottawa.
We are also working on an educational outreach initiative for students in elementary schools across Ontario that will be announced in April 2015.