Proud City

The Centre for Gender & Sexual Diveristy is excited to launch: Proud City!

Proud City is an invitation to businesses, community organizations and spaces to identify as positive spaces for LGBTQ2 persons. Positive spaces are spaces that seek to create inclusion and respect for LGBTQ2 people.

This campaign is organized by the CCGSD.  The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) intersectionally promotes diversity in gender identity, gender expression, and romantic and/or sexual orientation in all its forms on a national level through services in the areas of education, health, and advocacy. Our resources and programming can be used to uplift gender and sexual minorities, as well as give the tools to wider populations in building allyship.

As a leader in anti-discrimination work,  the CCGSD runs programming all over Canada and the United States. Because of our hundreds of volunteers, we are able to reach over 250,000 people annually. We are also a proud leader in the International Day of Pink (DayOfPink.org), engaging millions of people in wearing pink and to run programs that stand up to bullying. We encourage you to find out more about CCGSD & the International Day of Pink, and get involved in making your community a safer and more diverse place.

Current Proud City members are:

  • Anouk by Outpost Original (281 A Richmond Road) Anouk by Outpost Original celebrates the beauty of handmade traditional and contemporary art pieces from various communities around the world
  • Ashton Tax (546 Broadhead Avenue) Tax Preparation and Accounting Services
  • Bar Robo (692 Somerset Street West) Coffee, cocktails, snacks, and shows!
  • Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co (10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill) A local Ottawa brewing company
  • Beckta Dining & Wine Bar (150 Elgin Street) Fine wine and good food
  • Bellwethers Vintage (9 Florence Street) An ultramodern collection saturated by the past and fueled by the future!
  • Bob Monette, Deputy Mayor & City Councillor  (110 Laurier Avenue West)
  • BMO – The Glebe Branch (100 Marché Way) Good for all of your banking needs.
  • Caffeine 1Up (362 Rideau Street) The perfect place to grab a latte and hang out with friends to play some of the best multiplayer video games.
  • Catherine McKenney, Councillor for Somerset Ward (110 Laurier Avenue West)
  • Cats R Us (370 Bank Street) Come see Monkey, the store’s cat!
  • Carleton University Engineering Society (CSES) Carleton’s Engineering student government
  • Carleton University EngiQueering Club (CUEC) Carleton’s Engineering LGBTQ+ committee
  • Chez Anh (435 Sunnyside Avenue) Small Vietnamese eatery serving delicious pho, bahn mi, and more!
  • Courtyard Restaurant (21 George Street) Relax and savour the fine fresh food from our skilled culinary team and enjoy the exemplary service of fine dining in our heritage building.
  • Dr. Jill Taylor Dentistry (479 Bank Street
  • Eggspectation Ottawa (171 Bank Street) Eggs, brunch, and more!
  • Escape Manor (201 Queen Street & 982 Wellington Street West) We place you and your friends in a themed adventure. As the clock counts down, you use logic and teamwork to find clues, solve puzzles, and escape before time runs out!
  • Fabrications Ottawa (1018 Wellington Street West) A place to get great quality fabric
  • Feline Cafe (1076 Wellington Street West) The only vegan & cat cafe in the city, with adoptable cats!
  • Flock boutique (1275 Wellington Street WestWe are local, home grown & crafty. We carry clothing, accessories & jewellery made by over 120 Canadian designers, 98% of whom are women! Come check us out!
  • Great Canadian Theatre Company (1233 Wellington Street West) Talented actors and exciting performances
  • Great Escape Outfitters (369 Richmond RoadWe consider ourselves to be an inclusive and safe space 
  • Green Spirit (5558 Manotick Main StreetCrystals; incense; crystal jewellery; spiritual books + CDs; oracle + tarot cards.
  • Healthy Pets HQ (420 Bank Street) We are a small, independent, family owned and operated business. Our philosophy is in ensuring that we do our best to help you do the best for the health and well being of your pets.
  • Heart and Crown-ByWard  (67 Clarence StreetWhere good friends meet for genuine Irish Hospitality. 
  • Irving Rivers (24 Byward Market Square) Pride, Trans, Bear flags, and so much more!
  • Kulu Trading (1299 Wellington Street West) Gemstones galore! For two other locations see website.
  • Magpie Jewellery (Three locations in Ottawa) Beautifully designed jewellery
  • Lisa MacLeod, MPP (3500 Fallowfield Road Unit 10)
  • Maker House Co. (987 Wellington Street West) Beautiful Canadian made products.
  • M.A.P. Physiotherapy (5929 Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard) Physiotherapy for the whole body, not just where it hurts.
  • Mann Lawyers LLP (11 Holland ave, Suite 300) Good people. Great lawyers.
  • Mona Fortier, MP Ottawa-Vanier  (Justice Building, Room 809)
  • Nice One Nails (300 Earl Grey Drive 16) Spa pedicure – Manicure – Acrylic nails – Solar nails – Waxing
  • Optimaxx (384 Dalhousie Street) Large variety of sports supplements
  • Ottawa Osteopathy and Sports Therapy (2197 Riverside Drive #601) We provide professional and personalized health care for both athletes and the active population in a private clinic setting.
  • Peppermint Organic Spa (1131 Mill Street, Manotick) An organic spa whose goal is to create wellness throughout the body.
  • Pet Valu Barrhaven (1581 Greenbank Road) We carry all your pet’s needs
  • Pot & Pantry (244 Elgin Street) A curated kitchenware boutique, featuring Canadian-made housewares, gourmet grocery and all your favourite high quality kitchen brands.
  • Pressed (750 Gladstone Avenue) A live music venue and neighbourhood gourmet sandwich bar and coffeehouse devoted to using high quality, local ingredients and serving organic/fair trade coffee.
  • Pure Kitchen Westboro and Pure Kitchen Kanata (357 Richmond Road & 499 Terry Fox Drive) A scratch kitchen where all menu items are made fresh, using whole natural ingredients.
  • Pure Yoga Ottawa (279 A Richmond RoadA studio that offers various styles of yoga and is LGBTTQ+ friendly
  • Quesada, Burritos & Tacos (900 Exhibition Way-Unit 102) Spicy Chicken Burritos and more!
  • Rama Lotus Yoga Centre (342 Gladstone Avenue) Yoga and Meditation classes
  • Rebel Petal (5532 Manotick Main Street) A fabulous floral design studio
  • Running Room (Westboro location, 418 Richmond Road) Fitness and apparel
  • Saje Natural Wellness Westboro (350 Richmond Road) We want to help you feel better, naturally
  • Scrim’s (262 Elgin Street) Ottawa’s oldest and finest florist
  • Social (537 Sussex Drive) Fine cuisine and a fabulous location
  • Sports 4 (149 Bank Street) Ottawa’s dedicated fit specialists for over 30 years.
  • Stomping Ground (728 Bank Street) Timeless aesthetics meet progressive style in Ottawa’s newest lifestyle boutique featuring a finely-curated selection of quality apparel, footwear, and grooming.
  • Stonewall Wilde’s (370 Bank Street) Pride merchandise and other fabulous art pieces created by Canadian artists
  • Suzie Blue Studio (1226 Wellington Street West) We are a small boutique off the beaten path. We offer private evening shopping events to groups of friends ~we supply the jewelry and wine, you just shop and enjoy!
  • The Comic Book Shoppe (228 Bank Street) A wide selection of LGBTTQ+ comics and more!
  • The Extraordinary Baby Shoppe (1131 Wellington Street West) Wonderful products for both babies and parents.
  • The Haunted Walk of Ottawa (46 1/2 Sparks Street) Canada’s spookiest ghost stories with a stop in Ottawa’s most haunted building.
  • The Herb and Spice Food & Wellness Shop (Food: 375 Bank Street, Wellness: 380 Bank Street) Our food shop is quite literally bursting at the seams with nutritious, yummy goodies!
  • The Hintonburg Public House (1020 Wellington Street West) Art shows, live music, colouring nights, trivia, art classes, craft workshops, team building, cocktail parties, and more!
  • The Mud Oven (1065 Bank Street) Ottawa’s premier Paint-It-Yourself Ceramics Studio, located in the beautiful vibrant neighbourhood of Old Ottawa South since 1996.
  • Third Avenue Spa (784 Bank Street) Your ultimate spa experience!
  • Todric’s (10 McArthur Avenue) Fantastic brunch, lunch, dinner, and catering!
  • Trinity United Church (1099 Maitland Avenue) Trinity is an Affirming Congregation – a safe community for GLBTQ people, as well as those with differing abilities or mental health challenges.
  • Troubadour Books & Records (508 Bank Street Drop by, browse to your heart’s content, soak up the atmosphere and see what catches your eye.
  • Trudel Home Hardware (140 George Street) All your hardware needs
  • Venus Envy (226 Bank Street) An education orientated sex shop with a variety of books, sex toys, pride items, gender expression items, and more!
  • Victoire Boutique (1282B Welligton Street West) Canadian designed and made items
  • Waller Street Brewing Co (14 Waller Street) We want to be your neighbourhood brewery – that’s the whole idea!
  • White Cross Dispensary (264 Elgin Street) An Elgin St Pharmacy
  • Wicked Wanda’s Adult Emporium (327 Bank Street) Sex toys, kinky items, pride items, and more!
  • Wild Willy’s Plants and Flowers (1252 Wellington Street West) Amazing flowering airplants and more cool plants!
  • Winners Lansdowne (225 Marché Way)
  • Workshop Boutique (1226 Wellington Street WestWe are local, home grown & crafty. We carry clothing, accessories & jewellery made by over 120 Canadian designers, 98% of whom are women! Come check us out!

Also, check out these cool community organizations:

  • AIDS Committee of Ottawa Provide support, prevention, education and outreach services
  • The Algonquin College Pride Centre Is a drop in space that provides a safe and welcoming environment and offers peer support, resources, events, education, and more for students.
  • Bruce House Is a community-based organization providing housing, compassionate care and support in Ottawa for people living with HIV and AIDS
  • Carleton Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre (GSRC) Aims to be a safe(r) space for Carleton students of all gender identities and sexual orientations through education, advocacy, and support.
  • Family Services Ottawa Offers a range of social services (counseling and support services) in English and French to all residents of Ottawa.
  • The Gay Ottawa Volleyball (GOV) league is a volunteer, non-profit volleyball league catering to the LGBTQ community and allies
  • Gender Mosaic Provides varied forums and resources to assist in the personal development, growth, and contact of its members with the transgender community.
  • Kind Space Offers peer-run discussion groups, counseling services, and educational programs in a diverse and sex-positive environment.
  • Manajiwin (LGBTTQ+ Fitness) Offers LGBTTQ communities a workout/fitness space where the emphasis is you doing the exercise/weight training you want to do in a pressure-free environment.
  • Max Ottawa An organization where you can find events, articles, campaigns, community resources and links to health information for guys into guys in Ottawa.
  • Ottawa Bears A social group for hairy men and their admirers. Bar nights and monthly brunches and other social activities, such as games or movie nights.
  • Ottawa Date Squares (square dancing) Is a gay and lesbian friendly modern square dancing club.
  • Ottawa Frontrunners Is a running and walking club for members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered (GLBT) community and friends.
  • Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus Choeur gai d’Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus is a local, independent, charitable organization the mission of which is to perform quality choral music and to contribute to the gay community.
  • Ottawa Knights Is a Brotherhood which strives to preserve the Leather culture through leadership, camaraderie, education, and Community service.
  • Ottawa Senior Pride Network Their goal is to encourage/advocate for LGBT-positive spaces and cultural competence within senior serving agencies and facilities.
  • Ottawa Time Out Hiking Club Is a hiking club for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans community
  • Ottawa Wolves Rugby Football Club Their mission is to promote and encourage participation in rugby among those who have traditionally been under-represented in the game.
  • Ottawa-Gatineau Capitals Hockey Club The OGGHA offers competitive and recreational levels of play and is committed to fostering and developing its members’ passion for hockey.
  • PFLAG Supporting families, Educating the public, Advocating for equality.
  • POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work Educate & Resist) An organization that envision a society in which sex workers are able to practice their professions free of legal and social discrimination, victimization, harassment and violence and in which sex work is valued as legitimate and fulfilling work making an important contribution to society.
  • Public Servants Pride Network The Public Service Pride Network (PSP) unites LGBTTQ+ employees of the Government of Canada across the country.
  • OQSL (Ontario’s LGBTQ+ Softball League) OQSL is an inclusive recreational softball league for LGBTTQ+ persons and supporters that aims to refine your softball skills in a fun, safe and social environment.
  • QTPOC++ This is a social networking forum where you can shout out for someone to join you for tea or a walk, or at a community event, etc, in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.
  • QYT (Queer Trans Youth at Kind) Queer Trans Youth is a peer-led discussion and support group for LGBTTQ+ youth, ages 25 and under, in Ottawa. It’s a safe space for young people to come for discussions, understanding, support, and most importantly, fun.
  • Queer Mafia An Ottawa-based network of queer identified individuals who are committed to supporting our community by throwing awesome parties and community events.
  • Queering613 A volunteer-run community project committed to connecting LGBTTQ+ folks to Ottawa’s queer and trans cultures, organizations and issues.
  • Queerios (Kanata) A social group for LGBTTQ+ youth (ages 12-18) where you can hangout and make friends in the community.
  • Rainbow Rockers Curling League Ottawa’s LGBTQ+ Curling League, membership is open to the Ottawa community with any level of curling ability. Individuals are welcome to join as a full member or as a spare.
  • Rideau Speedeaus The Ottawa Rideau Speedeaus d’Ottawa is a swim team with a difference: it is primarily a gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans swim team, but welcomes members from the straight community too.
  • SHAG (Sexual Health Advisory Group at YSB) The Sexual Health Youth Advisory encourages discussion and openness around the topic of youth sexuality. It focuses primarily on sex and sexuality and on related issues, such as healthy relationships and safe sex practices.
  • Spectrum (YSB) Spectrum is a by-youth for-youth space offering a variety of programming including educational workshops, group discussions, art collaborations, counselling, and peer mentoring.
  • Ten Oaks Project The Ten Oaks Project is a charitable, volunteer-driven organization that engages and connects children and youth from LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer) communities.
  • The Sex You Want Getting from here to there looks different for everyone. The site has lots of information to help you figure out how to have the sex you want, and to help you and your partners think through the decisions that can impact your health.
  • The Walk-in Counselling Clinic No referral is required for the Walk-In Counselling Clinic. You will be assisted, with no appointment, on a first-come, first-serve basis during our Walk-In Counselling Clinic hours.
  • Tone Cluster (Queer Choir) The mission and purpose of the organization is to strive for excellence in music.
  • Trans Health Information Ottawa (THIO) The aim of this website is to provide a platform for trans, Two Spirit, non-binary and gender nonconforming people around Ottawa to discuss and advocate for our health care needs.
  • uOttawa Pride Centre The Pride Centre of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa is student-run service that strives to promote, advocate for, and support gender, sex, and sexual diversity.
  • Youth Service Bureau The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa serves youth aged 12 and older. We focus on youth with difficulties affecting their physical and/or emotional well-being and development. We support youth in making positive health and lifestyle decisions.

To join Proud City consider:

  • SHOW YOUR SUPPORT: It seems simple, but putting up a PROUD CITY sticker, poster or window decal really help LGBTQ2+ people know that your space is one that will respect their identity.
  • SUPPORT THE CAUSE: Please consider putting up one of our donation boxes, or selecting an item as a ‘Pride item,’ where proceeds support LGBTQ2+ communities through our work.
    FYI: For every $15 you donate to us, we are able to run a workshop that stops bullying & discrimination! And every $1000 supports a youth attending GSA Forum (ccgsd-ccdgs.org/gsa-forum)
  • GET TRAINED: We will be offering FREE training at our office. This training will help you and your team understand the LGBTQ2+ community, learn about respectful language, and gain new ways to be more inclusive.
    RSVP by emailing: education@ccgsd-ccdgs.org and we will schedule a time that works for you!
  • SHOW YOUR PRIDE: Put up Pride Posters for our events and others in the community. Also, consider theming your front window or a section of your organisation with rainbows. Pride week is Aug 20-26.
  • PARTY WITH US: We will be having a fabulous FREE Boat Cruise Aug 20. More info: ccgsd-ccdgs.org/pride
  • MARCH WITH US: Wanna join the BIG day? March with us in the Pride Parade on Aug 26! RSVP with: pride@ccgsd-ccdgs.org

Sign up right now by completing this completing this PDF and email it with your logo to: support@ccgsd-ccdgs.org