Archive for August, 2010

Ottawa Pride 2010

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

We post so quicklybecause of our wonderful Engine “Word Press”.

Kudos go to Maggie James for bring us this fantastic tool.

~Judy

And now on to the Parade.

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Pride Cornwall at Waterfest

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

From: Paul Aubin, Pride/Fiert Cornwall ~

It’s finally happening!

This Saturday, the Blazing Paddles, Pride/Fiert Cornwall’s team in the Cornwall Waterfest dragon boat competition, will be taking to the waters of the historic Cornwall Canal to compete in the dragon boat race at the first ever Cornwall Waterfest. We’ll be one of some twenty teams participating in this event, which begins at 8:00 am and goes on until 3:00 pm. (The exact time our team will be racing will be made public soon, pending the organizers’ negotiations with 22 Dragons, a boating club in Montral who are helping to stage the race.) We invite all those in Cornwall’s LGBT community, our friends and our allies, to come out this Saturday – and indeed, all weekend long – to partake in Cornwall’s first ever festival which celebrates our riverfront. The festival will take place in the Western part of Lamoureux Park, behind the RCAF Association Wing #424 on Water Street.

When you’re not cheering on the Blazing Paddles, there’ll be plenty of other activities during during the day, including a dunk tank with a host of local personalities who have signed up as willing victims. I myself will be taking to the hot seat at approximately 2:00 pm, so if you’ve ever wanted to throw something at me, here’s your chance.;-) Three balls for five bucks. What a bargain!

The plans for our involvement in this have been in the works for many weeks. We are eternally grateful to those who have signed up for our team. We also thank our official sponsors, the Cornwall Free News and J.C. Wilson. And we especially thank Rony of Shorteez, the Urban Hair Shop for his logistical assistance and recruiting many of the team’s members.

All proceeds raised from Cornwall Waterfest are going to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. If you’d like to sponsor our team and make a donation, please click this link and follow the instructions.

http://pridecornwall.webs.com/apps/links/

For more information, including the complete itinerary of activities, visit www.cornwallwaterfest.com.

Paul Aubin

Vice-President/Webmaster
Pride/Fiert Cornwall

A word or two on Ottawa Pride

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Gender Freedom

With the annual Ottawa Pride festivities on the horizon, I feel it is incumbent upon me to add some words to the meaning of Pride – specifically in reference to the way the Pride concept relates to the TG community.

This is a story of deep human tragedy. During the 1950 and 1960s most gays were deeply closeted, and when confronted usually left quietly. With no means of redress, they accepted their fate. We know of at least 400 resignations were forced through the threat of exposure. There are records also of suicides and ruined careers.

Even Brian Mulroney stated, “…this would appear to be one of the great outrages and violations of fundamental liberties…” Without doubt, the victims of the various purges are owed an apology by the government. The government must acknowledge the wrong doing.

Although the witch-hunts died out in the early 1970s the impact on our community and collective psyche was powerful and long lasting.

The Transgendered are also a hidden target. Back in the day, to be transgendered was the same as being labeled ‘Gay’ and we to had to hide.

This improved a bit in the 70s and 80s and in the late 80s I took a stand and started Ottawas 1st lasting Transgender support group.

The seeds of understanding and acceptance I planted 25 years ago have taken root in this rather barren soil, but the organization I founded has often been viewed as a radical fringe group.

Now, however, we hide no more. And, with the strong connections we and other Ottawa TG groups now have to the GLBT, we are being seen and heard.

Pride is now seen as being  for all of us and we walk tall.

Gender Freedom is still in its infancy and, as a result, we will not be represented separately in the Pride parade this year. But watch out for us next year. We will be there! Some of the original members will be there, representing a number of organizations. But all be there for the same reason.

Thank you all for allowing me to rail a bit. I feel better now…

~Judy