Toronto to Host Pride House During Russian Olympics

Author: , December 1st, 2013

TorontoToronto is carrying on an Olympic tradition that had its beginnings in Vancouver, but has been outlawed for the Winter Games in Sochi. Both Vancouver, in 2010, and London, for the 2012 Summer Olympics, had a Pride House – a safe space and resource centre for gay athletes, coaches, volunteers and visitors. But Russia denied an application for a Pride House in Sochi, where the anti-gay climate is sure to be one of the stories of the Games.

And so Toronto will host its own Pride House in February, to celebrate the Games and shine a spotlight on Russia’s anti-gay laws.

“We hope to use that as an opportunity to raise awareness for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) peoples human rights in Russia, to celebrate the Russian community, and the LGBT community in Russia in ways that we don’t see happening now,” said Barbara Besharat, of PrideHouse Toronto.

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