As the PanAm Games kick off this weekend, several LGBT-focused events will continue to demonstrate Canada's commitment to building inclusion of LGBT people in sports.
Next week, The 519 will host a Sport Inclusion Summit focused on building inclusion at the recreational level of sport. The 519 is a City of Toronto agency "committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ community."
From the event's Web site:
"To ensure that sport and recreation is accessible and welcoming to people of all identities, ages and ability levels we're drawing together leading voices from five distinct and vital fields —Municipal Parks and Recreation Departments, Provincial and National Sport Organizations, LGBT Sport Organizations, the Pride House Movement and the Educational Sector."
All of the event details are here:
Date: Monday, July 13 to Wednesday, July 15
Time: full day program, timing varies daily
Location: The 519, 519 Church Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9
Cost: $325 for 3 days including two meals daily, evening events and a VIP Pass to PrideHouseTO ($350 after June 30th), corporate registration available
Contact: Kristina Flynn, KFlynn@The519.org
Link for Purchase: Summit.The519.org
The 519 is also hosting The Huddle, a night of inspiring ideas and discussion from LBGT athletes and advocates, in conjunction with You Can Play. Hosted by TSN's Gareth Wheeler and featuring Anna Aagnes (You Can Play), Eric Radford (Canadian Olympic Figure Skater) HUDDLE is part of The 519's Sport Inclusion Summit.
Radford came out publicly on Outsports.com late last year to much fanfare.
Here's the information for that event:
Date: Tuesday, July 14
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7
Cost: General Admission - $25, VIP Reception (6 p.m. start) with Cocktails/Meet & Greet - $100
Contact: Kriya Siewrattan, KSiewrattan@The519.org
All throughout the PanAm Games, Pride House Toronto will be in full swing to welcome LGBT people to the city for the big event. The Pride House Pavilion will be located at The 519 (519 Church Street) with a lounge, events and educational programming.
There will be tons of other Pride House events going on all during the PanAm Games. You can check them out here.