University of Toronto hosts workshop on Pride Houses

The University of Toronto will host tomorrow 23 November 2012 a workshop designed to forward the plans for a Pride House in Toronto during the time of the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games and examine the issues of Pride Houses in international sport generally. The ambition is to ensure that Toronto 2015 will be fully, visibly and celebratorily inclusive, and serve as a stimulus/beacon for equity issues generally. It is being jointly organized/sponsored by the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, the Department of Sexual Diversity Studies, the Office of Sexual and Gender Diversity, and Hart House at the University of Toronto.

Participating will be other partners in the 2015 Toronto Pride House, as well as those involved in Pride Houses past and future, including Dean Nelson from Vancouver Pride House and Lou Englefield (Pride Sports, EGLSF, FGG) from the 2012 Euro Pride House in Poland and the London Pride House.

We hope that this meeting will promote the goal of coordination and collaboration among Pride House projects set out during meetings at the London Pride House earlier this year, with a focus on the challenges of organizing a Pride House in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Other planned Pride Houses include Toronto, of course, and one for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and others in Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.