International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships Comes to Edmonton in 2016

Author: , January 21st, 2015

IGLA

Edmonton will be the site of the largest gay sporting event in Alberta history next year when it hosts the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics championships. Up to 1,000 participants plus several hundred partners, friends and officials are expected for the festival Aug. 8-14, 2016, co-chairman Mike Stansberry says.

It’s a sanctioned masters competition, featuring swimming, water polo, diving, synchro, open water races, and the maybe-not-so-official Pink Flamingo.

The Pink Flamingo? “The best way to describe it is a drag aqua-follies synchro show in water … done in the dive tank,” Stansberry says. “It can be a mix of swimming, choreography on the deck, diving off the platform, costumes — although no glitter or feathers, because they clog the pool filters.”

By Gordon Kent – Full Story at the Edmonton Journal | Alberta Gay Travel Resources

Coming in June – Edmonton Gay Pride

Author: , May 10th, 2014

Edmonton Gay Pride 2014

The Edmonton Pride Festival Society will showcase the unity and diversity of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-identified and queer (LGBTQ) community and its allies. The Society has been given responsibility by its members, representatives from community groups and businesses for strategic planning, organizing, coordinating resources and the execution of a Pride Festival for the capital region.

Edmonton’s first Pride celebration took place in 1980, and has grown from a small celebration of 75 people who enjoyed a baseball game followed by a campfire. Events added in the past 29 years have included rallies and fairs, poetry readings, art shows, picnics, croquet tournaments, baseball games, a film festival, the parade and Celebration on the Square.

By Kelly Riker – Seasons of Pride | Alberta Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Alberta: Thousands Fill Central Edmonton for Gay Pride

Author: , June 13th, 2011

Edmonton Gay PrideThousands of people descended on downtown Edmonton Saturday afternoon for the annual Pride Parade, sending our city’s Pride Week into high-gear.

Among those who lined the parade route, and watched shirtless men dance atop some of the colourful floats that passed by, were parents and their young children.

“I think it’s amazing. They’re getting taught tolerance which is really important,” said parade-goer, Christina Kruszewski. “I know a lot of my friends’ parents who wouldn’t let them come this year because they aren’t comfortable with this, but these kids are being taught it’s ok.”

Full Story from Global BC

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