About PrideHouse TO
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.
Since its emergence in 2010, the concept of a Pride House (a focused and intentional space, and a set of programs targeted to LGBTQ people and allies, within a large games event) has become a foundational element of the multi-sport games ecology. Pride House initiatives are being developed in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in Brazil for the World Cup and in Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
In Ontario, the 2015 Pan/ParaPan Am Games provide a unique opportunity to build capacity in our LGBTQ communities, to engage LGBTQ people in sport, para-sport and recreation and to challenge and address homophobia and transphobia that prevents LGBTQ people from living active, healthy lives in our communities, province and across the Pan-American region.
Through arts, cultural programming, capacity building, training, education, celebrations and through strategic advocacy, the PrideHouseTO Initiative will leverage the TO2015 Pan/Para-Pan American games to build a stronger, healthier society.
The Leadership Team has set-out a list of priorities that have framed, and will continue to frame all of our planning
- Creating dedicated spaces for LGBTQ events, initiatives and celebrations during The Games and acting as a welcoming host to ensure that LGBTQ visitors and their allies feel welcome in our cities
- Celebrating the LGBTQ community within the athletes’ community and the communities participating in The Games
- Promoting LGBTQ human rights to participants from all Pan American countries
- Promoting health and wellness in the LGBTQ community
- Setting a new standard for LGBTQ inclusion in major multi-sport games
- Supporting a collaborative effort amongst a broad array of LGBTQ partners
- Integrating an LGBTQ focus into all aspects of The Games related to athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, conferences and TO2015 outreach activities to the furthest extend possible within The Games infrastructure
- Providing a platform to profile and celebrate LGBTQ role models in sport and LGBTQ community sports groups
- Being the model of a good citizen for the Games through our actions, participation and representations in all facets of our work.