Proud City

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

Proud City is an invitation to businesses, community organizations, and other spaces to identify as positive spaces for 2SLGBTQ+ persons. Positive spaces are spaces that seek to create inclusion and respect for 2SLGBTQ+ people. 

This campaign is organized by the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD). 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, training workshops, and programming can be used to uplift gender and sexual minorities, as well as give them the tools to wider populations in building allyship.

As we are going forward with this initiative we are requiring all partners with the Proud City campaign to go through a gender and sexuality awareness workshop. After completion of these training workshops, we will be awarding a certificate of completion and a sticker, poster, and or window decal to be displayed. Organizations and businesses will need a minimum of 1 participant in these sessions, preferably an HR or office champion in attendance. This will ensure that all our partners are experienced and knowledgeable about how to be an ally and provide a safe and positive space in Ottawa. We will be posting on our Facebook page and website regarding the upcoming session and will be emailing invitations to businesses that are interested in joining the campaign and/ getting free training. 

Please contact education@ccgsd-ccdgs.org for further information on the training sessions. For any further questions or inquiries on the Proud City campaign please email fundraising@ccgsd-ccdgs.org. If you would like to sign up to be part of Proud City and by extension promote a more inclusive Ottawa and attend a training session, please click the signup button and fill out the attached PDF.

 

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Please email finished PDF’s (only one field En or Fr) to fundraising@ccgsd-ccdgs.org

In joining Proud City consider:

  • SHOW YOUR SUPPORT: By attending a training session and putting up a Proud City sticker, poster, and 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 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 provide FREE training upon request for partners in our Proud City Campaign. This is available in both official languages. Request a training workshop by emailing education@ccgsd-ccdgs.org. For more information on the workshops provided visit https://ccgsd-ccdgs.org/workshops/
  • SHOW YOUR PRIDE: Put up Pride Posters for our events and others in the community. Also, consider theming your front window, website, or a section of your organization with rainbows. Pride week is Aug 18th – 25th
  • MARCH WITH US:  Wanna join the big day? Join us in the Pride March on Aug 25th, and march with us. RSVP with: fundraising@ccgsdccdgs.org.

 

Current Proud City members are:

  • Advantage Tutoring Services (415 Gilmour St #711) Tutoring services
  • Ashton Tax (301-666 Kirkwood 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!
  • BMO – The Glebe Branch (100 Marché Way) Good for all of your banking needs
  • Bonnie Nova Online fashion boutique
  • Bridgehead (20 Locations around Ottawa) Coffee and neighbourhood hub
  • 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.
  • Caress Electrolysis (35 Larkin Drive at Greenbank) Our certified electrologists provide permanent hair removal on any area of the body in a professional and private clinic using state of the art equipment. Please contact the clinic to book your free consultation and sample treatment.
  • Carleton University Engineering Society (CSES) Carleton’s Engineering student government
  • Carleton University EngiQueering Club (CUEC) Carleton’s Engineering LGBTQ+ committee
  • Catherine McKenney, Councillor for Somerset Ward (110 Laurier Avenue West)
  • Catherine McKenna, Councillor for Ottawa Centre (107 Catherine Street)
  • Cats R Us (370 Bank Street) Come see Monkey, the store’s cat!
  • Cedarview Animal Hospital (4100 Strandherd Drive, #106) We provide a range of veterinary services and health care for Ottawa pet owners’ dog and cat companions.
  • Centre Psychosocial, (150 Montreal Rd #300) We provide mental health and therapeutic services to Francophone individuals and families in Ontario.
  • C’est Bon Cooking, (208 Dalhousie St.) Cooking classes, team building workshops, gourmet tours and à la carte!
  • 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
  • Dance Fusion Studios (279 McArthur Ave) Offers adults and youth dancing classes. A great atmosphere for a healthy and fun workout
  • Diane Deans, Ottawa Councillor for Gloucester-Southgate Ward (363 Lorry Greenberg Drive)
  • Dovercourt Recreation Centre (411 Dovercourt Avenue) Dovercourt Recreation Association is a not for profit charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community through recreation programs. Gender-neutral change rooms at the centre!
  • Dr. Jill Taylor Dentistry (479 Bank Street
  • DS Plumbing (14 Bexley Unit #102) We can handle anything related to your home’s plumbing, from small jobs to large.
  • 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, homegrown & crafty. We carry clothing, accessories & jewellery made by over 120 Canadian designers, 98% of whom are women! Come check us out!
  • FYi doctors, Visique. (323 McLeod Street) Offering complete eye exams, prescription eyeglasses, designers frames, custom lenses and sunglasses.
  • 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.
  • Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa (768 Belfast Rd) We provide a bridge from social/rental housing to market housing for low to mid-income working families!
  • 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!
  • JV Studios (1282 Wellington St W A) Unique handmade jewellery, wedding, funny greeting cards & home goods boutique
  • Kulu Trading (1299 Wellington Street West) Gemstones galore! For two other locations see website
  • La Grange de la Gatineau (80 Chemin Summer, Cantley QC) Idéal pour les mariages et autres événements. Un magnifique bâtiment en bois rond, construit à l’origine comme une grange pionnière en 1819
  • Lisa MacLeod, MPP (3500 Fallowfield Road Unit 10)
  • Little Lighthouse Home Daycare (2210 Loyola Ave #11) Registered Early Childhood Educator offering bilingual, quality childcare
  • Living Colour Tattoo Studio (362 Rideau St Unit 1) Tattoo parlour offering personalized and high-quality artistry.
  • Magpie Jewellery (Three locations in Ottawa) Beautifully designed jewellery
  • Maker House Co. (987 Wellington Street West) Beautiful Canadian made products.
  • Mann Lawyers LLP (11 Holland ave, Suite 300) Good people. Great lawyers.
  • M.A.P. Physiotherapy (5929 Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard) Physiotherapy for the whole body, not just where it hurts.
  • Mona Fortier, MP Ottawa-Vanier  (Justice Building, Room 809)
  • Mystery Motel (41 York Street) While guests work to escape in less than 45 minutes, they are compiling evidence that will lead them on a hunt through the city of Ottawa to solve a mystery of an illustrious missing diamond… and the disappearance of its owner.
  • National Arts Centre (1 Elgin St) Canadian centre for the performing arts
  • 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 Geek Market A celebration of all things geeky. From Harry Potter to Star Wars, from Marvel to Nintendo, we assemble over 100 talented exhibitors for an amazing weekend of shopping and activities for fans of all ages.
  • 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.
  • Ottawa Public Health, Healthy Sexuality and Risk Reduction Program (100 Constellation Drive)
  • 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
  • Pita Pit (2016 Ogilvie Rd) With more than 20 pita fillings & 40 toppings to mix and match, Pita Pit offers you millions of possible combinations so that eating healthy never gets old.
  • 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
  • Quelque Chose (379 Richmond Road) French desserts with a modern twist / Desserts francais avec un touche moderne
  • Rebel Petal (5532 Manotick Main Street) A fabulous floral design studio
  • Riverside United Church (3191 Riverside Dr) We are a multi-generational community of people who care for each other
  • 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
  • Seed to Sausage General Store (729 Gladstone Avenue) We make it our goal to use as much local produce and as few additives and preservatives as possible in our meats!
  • Social (537 Sussex Drive) Fine cuisine and a fabulous location
  • Sogge & Associates (9 Lewis St) We offer professional psychological service and mindfulness teaching in alignment with practice values
  • Sports 4 (149 Bank Street) Ottawa’s dedicated fit specialists for over 30 years.
  • St. Albans Church (454 King Edward Ave) One of Ottawa’s oldest surviving church buildings and one of its most historic. Full of life and diversity, the parish is welcoming to all!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Sweet Escape Candy Emporium (Tanger Outlets, 875 – 8555 Campeau Dr.) Featuring 72 sweet and sour bulk candies and 32 Jelly Belly flavours!
  • Ten Thousand Villages (371 Richmond Rd) Fair Trade & Handmade Unique Home Decor, Personal Accessories and Gifts from around the world
  • 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.
  • The Walk-in Counselling Clinic (2255 Carling Ave Suite 300) We offer everyone; adults, children, youth and couples, immediate and free counselling with qualified Registered Counsellors.
  • The Watch Clinic (431 Bank St) Unique Jewellers and Watch with imported goods in Silver and Gold. Ottawa’s leading watch repair and service shop.
  • Third Avenue Spa (784 Bank Street) Your ultimate spa experience!
  • 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
  • United Way Ottawa (363 Coventry Rd) Local charity helping Ottawa by bringing people and resources together to build a strong, healthy, safe community for all
  • 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 Wellington 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!
  • Westboro Closet Candy An affordable online boutique featuring trendy tops, jeans, dresses, and more
  • White Cross Dispensary (264 Elgin Street) An Elgin St Pharmacy
  • Whole Foods Market Lansdowne (951 Bank St) We seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture.
  • Whole Foods Market Lansdowne (951 Bank St) Eco-minded chain with natural & organic grocery items, housewares & other products.
  • 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 air plants and more cool plants!
  • Winners Lansdowne (225 Marché Way) We deliver great value on ever-changing selections of brand name, designer and other high-quality fashions at prices generally 20%-60% below full-price retailers’
  • Workshop Boutique (1226 Wellington Street WestWe are local, homegrown & crafty. We carry clothing, accessories & jewellery made by over 120 Canadian designers, 98% of whom are women! Come check us out!
  • Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (292 Elgin Street) Yuk Yuk’s provides the best live comedy in Ottawa!

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 Transgender (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 envisions 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.
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