Join us for First Annual Majestic Family Fun Day

Hello!

The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity, with the generous support of the City of Ottawa, is please to be hosting the First Annual Majestic Family Fun Day: A Celebration of Family Diversity in Honour of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.

Our event will be taking place on May 17, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 Pm at Jack Purcell Community Center located at 320 Jack Purcell Lane (corner of Gilmour Ave.), Ottawa, ON K2P 2J5.

LGBTTQ young people and their families worldwide are particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses. Violence, exclusion, bullying, are often their daily reality.

As part of the CCGSD’s mandate to promote diversity and inclusivity in our community, The goal of our event is to create a safe space where families can come and enjoy a day of socializing and family-friendly recreation regardless of gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or family composition. The First Annual Majestic Family Fun Day encourages everyone to come out and celebrate family diversity on the long weekend in May of 2015.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTTQ people internationally.

In under a decade, May 17th has established itself the single most important date for LGBTTQ communities to mobilize on a worldwide scale.

The Day represents an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the alarming situation faced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people and all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms.

May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal, with 1600 events reported from 1280 organizations in 2014. These mobilizations unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is not one centralized campaign; rather it is a moment that everyone can take advantage of to take action.

The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia has received official recognition from several States, international institutions as the European Parliament, and by countless local authorities. Most United Nations agencies also mark the Day with specific events.

Arts and culture-based celebrations are very common throughout the world on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.

For example, Bangladeshi activists organised the music festival “Love Music Hate Homophobia” in 2013, Albanian LGBT activists have, in 2012 and 2013 been organizing an annual Bike Ride for May 17 through the streets of the capital Tirana.

In 2013, the IDAHO Committee called for international actions for a Global Rainbow Flashmob to mark May 17. Activists in 100 cities, in 50 countries participated with diverse public events spanning colored balloon releases, dance flashmobs, musical events, and performance and street art.

‘Majestic Family Fun Day’ represents Ottawa’s arts and culture contribution to this year’s May 17th celebrations and we hope you and your friends and families can join us as we celebrate celebrate cultural, gender, and family diversity on this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.

Our event will include Family-friendly programming for children, youth, and their families

Activities for our event in Ottawa will include:
-interactive indoor and outdoor family entertainment by local artists
-food and refreshments
-a gender-inclusive family swim at Jack Purcell’s heated indoor pool
-outdoor activities and giveaways for dogs (and their families!) in the Jack Purcell Dog Park
-family portraits and official event photography
-a community networking fair with info tables hosted by local community groups
-a community artisan and craft fair
-a dedicated nursing/nap/quiet room for parents and their children
-PRIZES and GIVEAWAYS

 This is a grassroots community effort being local community members and this is the first community-wide event of this kind in CANADA!

More information on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia can be found here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_Against_Homophobia,_Biphobia_and_Transphobia

 

The event is being run on a non-profit basis so we have been soliciting donations from community groups and local businesses for the items we need for our event.

Any surplus after expenses will be put towards seed money for next year’s event.

 

We have attached the initial event poster and a copy of the sponsorship letter for our event.

Please help us to promote this landmark Ottawa event by sharing this info and the attached image files on your website and/or social media or by propagating this info to your contact networks.

 

Thank you!

 

Morris Rothman
Family Events Coordinator

The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity
E-Mail: family@jersvision.org
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