|Whistler, BC - October 28, 2009 -
GayWhistler, the producers of the annual
WinterPRIDE festival and of PRIDE House, are excited to announce InterPride,
Inc (The International Association of Pride Organizers) as one of their latest sponsors of the LGBT
Pride Pavilion due to open February 8th, 2010. The goal of Pride House is to help commemorate
and enhance the Olympic experience by including all people and celebrating
diversity while creating a dialogue on homophobia and transphobia within sports. Pride House will represent
the global LBGT* community while InterPride will represent Pride organizations
worldwide. It will offer athletes and visitors attending the Olympics and
Paralympics a new perspective on the Games.
Mark F. Chapman, Co-President of InterPride said "this is a
ground-breaking initiative and will enlighten the world with the human right
inequalities existing for millions of LGBT* people around the world".
"Having InterPride's official support of Pride House is quite
significant for us as it gives us the political voice and complements other partnerships such as
the Gay Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA), the Canadian
Association for Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS)
and Q community - which will help ensure that both the Whistler and Vancouver
Pride House reflect the voices of the international, national and local communities,"
explains Dean Nelson, Executive Producer of the Vancouver/Whistler Pride House
2010. "Having this international
organization associated with PRIDE House only enhances the overall experience
by ensuring we have information on all the various pride events around the
world and also help liaise with the future Pride Pavilion at London 2012 where
World Pride will happen in conjunction with the summer Olympics," continued
Nelson. "It is our
hope that the London Organizing Committee along with the IOC will continue to
recognize the need for a welcoming space for LGBT athletes, participants and
opportunities for Pride House to be a legacy we pass onto future Olympics."
PRIDE House will be open
from February 8th through to March 21st and will take in
three incredible events: The Olympics
(Feb. 12-28), WinterPRIDE in Whistler (Mar. 1-8), and the Paralympics (Mar.
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LGBT refers to Lesbian,Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender, Two Spirited (gay First Nations people), Queer,
Questioning, Intersex, and their friends, family and allies.
PRIDE House at WinterPRIDE
PRIDE House is located in the centre of Whistler Village at the award winning boutique hotel of Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre. PRIDE House will be a hip lounge with a cocktail bar with TV monitors to watch the Olympics, hang out, trade pins, a media area to do interviews, and a venue to just have fun. PRIDE House will be open from February 8th through to March 21st. The hours of operation are scheduled from 10AM to 10PM daily. (Subject to Change) For more information please refer to www.pridehouse.ca
WinterPRIDE 2010 runs from March 1-8, 2010, and continues to revolutionize the traditional gay ski week format with its unique blend of four winter festival elements: Sports, Culinary, Health and Wellness, and Entertainment.
In addition to the world-class skiing and snowboarding being offered in Whistler, many of WinterPRIDE's 2009 highlights will return for 2010, such as an array of dance parties, culinary events, zip trekking and dog sledding. WinterPRIDE 2010 also offers an expanded program of on-and-off mountain events, including special events for lesbians and bears.
|About Alpenglow Productions/GayWhistler|
) is a year-round promoter of Whistler to the gay and lesbian community, and promotes and produces the annual Gay Ski Week. GayWhistler is a subsidiary of Alpenglow Production Corporation.
About InterPride, Inc.
) is the world association of Pride organizations which promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
Pride on an international level, to increase networking and communication among
Pride Organizations and to encourage diverse communities to hold and attend
Pride events and to act as a source of education.
CEO - Community & Media Relations