Capital Pride bigger than ever before

<p>This year, pride is not only forever, it’s everywhere.</p>


This year, pride is not only forever, it’s everywhere.


Pride is Forever: Capital Pride 007 is branching out in more venues and with more groups than ever before, said Marion Steele, a director for Capital Pride.


The past weekend marked several firsts for Capital Pride, said Steele. Capital Pride participated in Caribe Expo and SuperEx here Saturday and yesterday, and worked in partnership with the Israeli Embassy to produce a play called Timekeepers at the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama.


The Israeli Embassy isn’t normally a group Capital Pride would approach, Steele said, noting the embassy’s acceptance shows the inroads the event has made in 21 years.

A 10-day event that started Friday, Capital Pride will host 35,000 people in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual (GLBT) community, and their friends and allies, during the celebration which will include a Miss Capital Pride 007 pageant, a drag show to be held at the Mercury Lounge this Friday, and a Rainbow Party, a community dance at the Capital Music Hall on Saturday.

But the week’s biggest event will be the 21st annual Capital Pride Parade, next Sunday. More than 2,300 people are expected to attend.

There is a serious side as well, said Steele. The new GLBT human rights vigil, for example, will be held at the Human Rights Monument at 6 p.m. today.

“The vigil is one of the most important events,” said Steele. “It’s important to remember that not everyone in the country has the same rights as the GLBT community has here."

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