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 LGBTTQ+ persons. Positive spaces are spaces that seek to create inclusion and respect for LGBTTQ+ 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, 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:

  • Advantage Tutoring Services (711-415 Gilmour Street) General tutoring, English courses, high school preparation courses, and more!
  • AMH Style  (1440 Wellington Street West) High-end consignment store in the heart of the city
  • Anouk by Outpost Original (281 A Richmond Rd.) 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 St 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 Fine wine and good food
  • Bellwethers Vintage (9 Florence St.) An ultra modern collection of vintage clothing
  • BMO – The Glebe Branch Good for all of your banking needs.
  • Bob Monette, Deputy Mayor & City Councillor  (110 Laurier Ave West)
  • Bonnie Nova Ottawa based online and popup clothing store. Products organized by type rather than gender. Inclusive sizing, most styles are available in XS – 4X. Accurate product-specific size charts.
  • Bridgehead (All 20 locations!) A fair trade coffeehouse chain with organic teas, soups, salads, sandwiches and snacks made in its own kitchen.
  • Caffeine 1UP (362 Rideau St) All ages & all welcoming independent cafe with video games in downtown Ottawa!
  • Canopy (358 Richmond Rd) Unique and fashionable clothing, made ethically in the USA
  • Caress Electrolysis (35 Larkin Dr. at Greenbank Rd.)
  • Carleton Student Engineering Society (CSES) Carleton’s Engineering student government
  • Carleton University EngiQueering Club (CUEC) Carleton’s Engineering LGBTQ+ committee
  • Catherine McKenna, member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre (107 Catherine St.) 
  • Cathrine McKenny, Councillor for Somerset Ward (110 Laurier Avenue West)
  • Cats R Us (836 Bank St.) Come see Monkey, the store’s cat!
  • C’est Bon Cooking (208 Dalhousie St.) Cooking tours cover 6 neighbourhoods, and cooking classes that are hands on!
  • Chez Anh (435 Sunnyside) Authentic vietnamese food and amazing staff! Try the banh mi, gỏi cuốn, and pho.
  • Ciel (285 Richmond Rd) Ethically made and fashionable apparel
  • Courtyard Restaurant (21 George St., Byward Market) One of the most romantic, fine dining restaurants here in Ottawa
  • Dance Fusion Studios (279 McArthur Ave) We teach ballet, jazz, highland, modern, and tap, for all ages, sizes, and genders.
  • Diane Deans Ottawa City councillor for Gloucester-Southgate Ward and Diane is also the Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee
  • Dovercourt (411 Dovercourt Ave) Dovercourt Recreation Association (DRA) is a not for profit charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community through recreation programs.
  • Dr. Jill Taylor Dentistry (479 Bank St.
  • DS Plumbing (102-14 Bexley Place) A very LGBTQ+ friendly plumbing service. 
  • Eggspectation Ottawa (171 Bank st.) Eggs, brunch, and more!
  • Escape manor downtown (201 Queen St. 4th Floor) Escape manor is a fun experience for anyone who wants to get locked up, and likes a mystery!
  • Escape manor Hintonburg (982 Wellington St. W) Escape manor is a fun experience for anyone who wants to get locked up, and likes a mystery!
  • Fabrications Ottawa (1018 Wellington St. W) A place to get great quality fabric
  • Feline Cafe (1076 Wellington St W) The only vegan & cat cafe in the city, with adoptable cats!
  • Flock boutique (1275 Wellington St. W.We 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 St W) Talented actors and exciting performances
  • Great Escape Outfitters (369 Richmond RdWe consider ourselves to be an inclusive and safe space 
  • Green Spirit (5558 Mmanotick main st.Crystals; incense; crystal jewellery; spiritual books + CDs; oracle + tarot cards.
  • Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa (768 Belfast Rd) An organization dedicated towards building and providing houses to people in need.
  • Healthy Pets HQ (420 Bank St.) Healthy Pets HQ is the talk of the town as a safe, inclusive shopping and working experience for all members of our community.
  • Heart and Crown-ByWard  (67 Clarence St.Where good friends meet for genuine Irish Hospitality. 
  • Irving Rivers (24 Byward Market Sq.) Pride, Trans, Bear flags, and so much more!
  • Kulu Trading (1299 Wellington St W) Gemstones galore! For two other locations see website.
  • Magpie Jewellery (Three locations in Ottawa) Beautifully designed jewellery.
  • National Arts Centre (1 Elgin st.) 1,300 performances and events annually featuring some of Canada and the world’s best artists in music, dance and theatre, in both english and french.
  • La Grange de la Gatineau (80 Chemin Summer, Cantley QC) We offer weddings for LGBTQ or straight couples in a rustic, natural riverside setting.
  • Lisa MacLeod, MPP (3500 Fallowfield Rd Unit 10)
  • Little Lighthouse Daycare (2210 Loyola Avenue) A home daycare run by a Registered Early Childhood Educator (R.ECE) with more than 10 years experience in the field
  • Living Colour Tattoo Studio (412 Dalhousie St) Beautifully designed tattoos, piercings, and more!
  • Magpie Jewellery (50 Rideau St. see website for other locationsBeautifully designed jewellery 
  • Maker House Co. (987 Wellington St. W) Beautiful Canadian made products.
  • Mann Lawyers (1600 Scott St, Suite 710) A full-service law firm providing a broad range of legal services to a diverse clientele, both individuals and businesses.
  • Waller Street Brewing (14 Waller St) We are a prohibition inspired brewery. We have Flights for Hope where we donate a portion of the cost of our flights of beer to a charity of our choice each month.
  • Mona Fortier, MP Ottawa-Vanier  (Justice Building, Room 809)
  • Nice one Nails (300 Earl Grey dr. 16) Spa pedicure – Manicure – Acrylic nails – Solar nails – Waxing
  • My Toy Shop (1136 Tighe St) A fabulous toys such as a giant stuffed giraffe, costumes, lego, wooden toys, and more!
  • Mystery Motel (41 York St. 3rd floor) Mystery Motel is a fun experience for anyone who wants to get locked up, and likes a mystery!
  • Optimixx (384 Dalhousie St.) Large variety of sports supplements
  • Ottawa Geek Market  The Ottawa Geek Market is a registered not-for-profit and volunteer run organization that hosts numerous events throughout the year including Ottawa Geek Market events and Geek and Gaming Garage Sales. There’s bound to be something for every geek in your life when you attend a Geek Market event!
  • Ottawa Public Health, Healthy Sexuality and Risk Reduction Program (179 Clarence Street) The Sexual Health Centre provides free and confidential STI (sexually transmitted infections) testing and treatment, and low cost birth control to Ontario residents. 
  • Ottawa Osteopathy & Sports Therapy (601-2197 Riverside Drive) We are a multidisciplinary clinic offering osteopathy, physiotherapy, athletic therapy, massage therapy and kinesiology. We emphasize one-on-one time with practitioners, and focus on manual therapy, patient education, and tailored home exercise programs, all within 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 Rd) We carry all your pet’s needs
  • Pita Pit (Multiple locations) A great place to get pitas! Try the rainbow garden pita.
  • Pot & Pantry (244 Elgin St.) Our shop is filled with fun and functional kitchen tools, plus lots of pretty home accessories, and delicious gourmet food. Including a great variety of Canadian artisan goods
  • Pressed (750 Gladstone Ave) A gourmet sandwich bar and coffeehouse devoted to using high quality, local ingredients and serving organic and fair trade coffee.   
  • Pure Kitchen (357 Richmond Rd and 340 Elgin St) Vegetarian food and juice bar
  • Pure Yoga Ottawa (279 A Richmond RdA 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 Ave) Yoga and Meditation classes
  • Rebal Petal (5532 Manotick Main St) Is a family run business with team members who have a combined total of 90 years in the floral design industry.
  • Riverside United Church (3191 Riverside Drive) As a faith community, Riverside United Church encourages exploration of your own spirituality through questioning, debate and choice; respects your personal views, wisdom, challenges and choices.
  • Running Room (Westboro location, 418 Richmond Road) Fitness and apparel
  • Saje Natural Wellness (350 Richmond Rd, Westboro Village) Natural healing and skin care products.
  • Scrim’s (262 Elgin Street) Ottawa’s oldest and finest florist
  • Social (537 Sussex) Fine cuisine and a fabulous location
  • Sogge & Associates (9 Lewis Street) A patient-centered psychological services guided by the following principles: professionalism, respect for diversity, collaboration, empowerment, mindfulness & compassion.
  • Sports 4 (149 Bank St.) Ottawa’s dedicated fit specialists for over 30 years.
  • St. Albans Church (454 King Edward Ave) An LGBTQ+ friendly Anglican Church
  • Stomping Ground (728 Bank Street) We sell multiple gender-neutral brands such as Muttonhead, Elka, and Nudie Jeans. Fabric doesn’t have a gender, our shop is a lifestyle boutique for everyone.
  • Stonewall Wilde’s (370 Bank St.) Pride merchandise and other fabulous art pieces created by Canadian artists
  • Suzie Blue Studio (1226 Wellington St 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!
  • Sweet Escape Candy Emporium (875-8555 Campeau Dr, Tanger Outlets) Candies of the 2000’s, candy dating back to the 1920’s, 72 sweet and sour bulk candies, 32 Jelly Belly flavours, and more!
  • Ten Thousand Villages (371 Richmond Road) We are a non-profit organization, driven by volunteers and everything we sell is fair trade and hand made.
  • The Comic Book Shoppe (228 Bank St.) A wide selection of LGBTTQ+ comics and more!
  • The Extraordinary Baby Shoppe (1131 Wellington St. W) Wonderful products for both babies and parents
  • The Haunted Walk of Ottawa (46 Sparks St.) Tours of Ottawa’s most haunted places and creepy cool store merchandise.
  • The Herb and Spice Shop (375 & 380 Bank St ) The shop has increased its selection to carry a wide range of gluten-free and raw foods, ready-made lunch and dinner options, as well as many locally-produced foodstuffs we can find!
  • The Hintonburg Public House (1020 Wellington St. W) Art shows, live music, colouring nights, trivia, art classes, craft workshops, team building, cocktail parties, and more!
  • The Mud Oven (1065 Bank St.) The Mud Oven is a Paint-It-Yourself Ceramics Studio, that strives to create a unique experience for painters of all ages and level of experience.
  • The Pomeroy House (749 Bank St.) The Pomeroy House offer modern cuisine with a sense of nostalgia. A seasonally influenced and approachable menu in a casual setting.
  • The Walk-in Counselling Clinic (Multiple locations) 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.
  • The Watch Clinic (1020 Wellington St. W) Various variety of high-quality watches
  • Third Avenue Spa (784 Bank Street) An Aveda concept spa that pampers you with pure plant and flower essences and all organic materials. 
  • 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 LGBTQ+ people, as well as those with differing abilities or mental health challenges.
  • Troubadour Books & Records (508 Bank St Drop by, browse to your heart’s content, soak up the atmosphere and see what catches your eye.
  • Trudel Home Hardware (140 George St.) All your hardware needs, and super friendly too!
  • United Way Ottawa (363 Coventry Rd.We are a non-profit organization that works to change lives right here in our city. We’re celebrating our city’s vibrant LGBTQ+ community and encouraging people to share their #PathtoPride. 
  • 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 St. W) Canadian designed and made items
  • White Cross Dispensary (264 Elgin St.) An Elgin St Pharmacy
  • Whole Foods Market – Landsdown (951 Bank Street) At Whole Foods Market, “healthy” means a whole lot more. It goes beyond good for you, to also encompass the greater good. Whether you’re hungry for better, or simply food-curious, we offer a place for you to shop where value is inseparable from values.
  • Wicked Wanda’s Adult Emporium (327 Bank St.) Sex toys, kinky items, pride items, and more!
  • Wild Willy’s Plants and Flowers (1252 Wellington St. W) Amazing flowering airplants and more cool plants!
  • Winners Lansdowne (225 Marche way)
  • Workshop Boutique (1226 Wellington St. WWe 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!
  • Yuk Yuk’s Ottawa (390 Rideau St.) Who doesn’t like LGBT+ friendly stand up comedy!
  • Zeta Theta Xi Sisterhood (uOttawa, Carleton University, ) We wish to abolish the stereotypes and misconceptions typically connected to sororities from popular media. We give strong, independent and intelligent young women a chance to dedicate their time to various philanthropic causes, with the intent of teaching them to spread goodwill and help others in any way that they are able to.
     

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.
  • Minwaashin Lodge An Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre that provides a range of programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and children (regardless of status)
  • 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.
  • SCS (200 – 150 ch Montréal Road) the initial contact for individuals who have a developmental disability or autism in the Ottawa region.
  • 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.
  • 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 LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ 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: Every Monday from 2-4pm we will be offering FREE training at our office. This training will help you and your team understand the LGBTQ+ community, learn about respectful language, and gain new ways to be more inclusive.
    RSVP by emailing: Education@ccgsd-ccdgs.org or request an alternative time for groups of 5 or more.
  • 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 21-27.

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