Majestic Family Fun Day

The First Annual Majestic Family Fun Day: A Celebration of Family Diversity in Recognition of International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHTB) & Victoria Day.

The CCGSD, 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. The event is proudly happening on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Transmisogyny and Biphobia, and will be part of the weekend celebrations for Victoria Day!

Our event will be taking place on May 17, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Jack Purcell Community Center
320 Jack Purcell Lane off Elgin Street (between Gilmour Ave. and Lewis St.), Ottawa, ON K2P 2J5.
Tel:  613-564-1050

DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 417 east or west take the Metcalfe exit and head north. Turn right on Gilmour Street, right on Elgin Street and right onto Lewis Street.

OC Transpo Bus Routes
Bus# 14, 5, and 6 will bring you to Elgin St at Lewis.
Visit for schedule information.

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

-interactive indoor and outdoor family entertainment by local artists (10:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

-FREE food and refreshments provided by local businesses (10:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

-FREE Timbits and Tim Horton’s Coffee from the Tim Hortons/Rogers TV Community Cruiser (10:00 AM – NOON)

-Outdoor BBQ with FREE HOTDOGS hosted by Hintonburger Restaurant (NOON – 2:00 PM)

-a FREE gender-inclusive public family swim at Jack Purcell’s heated indoor pool (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
Jack Purcell Pool is unique in that the water temperature is maintained at 92˚F or 33˚C.  It is accessible to individuals with mobility impairments.  The pool has an electric transfer lift and graduating stairs, with arm support to enter the pool. It also has a full-length metal handrail and a full-length rope on the opposite side.

-outdoor activities and giveaways for dogs (and their families!) in
the Jack Purcell Dog Park

-family royalty themed portraits and official event photography by Natalie Lyle
Photography (10:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

-a community networking fair with info tables hosted by local
community groups (10:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

-a royal community artisan and craft fair with the help of Ravenswing Ottawa (10:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

-a dedicated nursing/nap/quiet room for parents and their children (1:30 PM – 4:00 PM)
A separate quiet room away from the activities that features a microwave, fridge, and kitchen facilities.


-PRIZES and GIVEAWAYS  all day long!

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 Jer’s Vision’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.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHTB) was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to theviolence 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 coloured 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 cultural,
gender, and family diversity on this year’s International Day Against
Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.

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:,_Biphobia_and_Transphobia

This 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.

Please help us to promote this landmark Ottawa event by propagating
this event info to your networks and on your social media.

Thank you!


Event/Media Contact:
Morris Rothman
Family Events Coordinator
Jer’s Vision: Canada’s Youth Diversity Initiative

This event is made possible with the generous cooperation and support of the following organizations and businesses:
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Our Facebook event page is here.

If you know of any entertainers who would be interested in performing at our event or any organizations/groups/individuals that can supply us with any of the stuff on our event wish list please let us know of feel free to pass along this info to them.

Our event wish-list is online at:

We are also still looking for vendors for and community groups to participate in our event:–Community-Organizations-Majestic-Family-Fun-Day_24883722

We are seeking vendors and community groups for our event!
The event is FREE ADMISSION and will be held at Jack Purcell Community
Centre on Sunday, May 17 from 10am to 3pm, with a set-up time of 8am.

Cost to participate is $20 per table (6’ x 2’) and $10 for each
additional table (based on availability) if you would like to vend or
you will be soliciting donations or contributions. The cost is free if
you are a community organization that would like to set-up an
information table only. All proceeds from the vendor’s fees will go to
supporting the event.

To register for the Vendor Fair or Community Fair email the organizers
at with the following information:
Contact Person:
Name of Organization:
Description of products/services offered:
Description of your art/mission/mandate we can use to promote your
presence at our event:
The number of tables you will need:

Note: at least one 6 ft by 2 ft table can be provided for each
exhibitor. No electricity is provided at the tables.  One table is
provided for free for non-profits & community organizations who are
not selling anything or soliciting donation.

A special thank you to our partners at RAVENSWING for helping us with
our Vendors’Fair.  Check out their upcoming events here:

Visit our event website for more info:

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This event is community-driven and is a great way to earn volunteer
hours if you are in high school or just give back to the community.

Volunteer shifts are typically two hours each but if you want to
volunteer more or less we would welcome your participation!

We need volunteers to help out with:

-set-up from 8:00 AM – 10:00AM on May 17, 2015 (light lifting may be required)
-supervising the food and refreshment stand from 10:00AM – 3:00PM
-greeters and question answerers at the entrance from 10:00 AM – 2:30PM
-helping out with the stage and the entertainers from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
-supervising the nursing/quiet/nap room from 1:30PM – 4:00PM
-tear-down from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM on May 17, 2015 (light lifting may
be required)

If you would like to volunteer your time to help us out please contact
us at with the following information:
Full Name:

Morris Rothman
Family Events Coordinator
Jer’s Vision: Canada’s Youth Diversity Initiative
Tel: 613-277-6312

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