Cambrian College’s Open Studio hosts PrideHouse: Sudbury Celebrates, a local venue to promote LGBTQ-inclusive activities during Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

Posted on Thursday June 25, 2015

As the world readies for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, Sudburians are invited to celebrate sports, arts, culture, and competition, while supporting lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) inclusivity, at Sudbury’s first ever PrideHouse, located downtown at Cambrian College’s Open Studio, 93 Cedar Street, Sudbury.

A PrideHouse is a focused and intentional space for activities and programming targeted to LGBTQ people and their allies, situated within a large games event. The concept has evolved markedly since the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and today, PrideHouses are gaining popularity as places where inclusion is celebrated; homophobia and transphobia are challenged; and healthy community and societal attitudes are strengthened.

PrideHouse: Sudbury Celebrates will bring the inclusive spirit of PrideHouseTO, which is centred on LGBTQ advocacy throughout the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, to life locally, offering activities that tie in to local Pan Am/Parapan Am-focused events as well as live sports broadcasts and ceremonies,” explained Pam Pancel, who is a PrideHouseTO Inclusion Ambassador.  “Our steering committee would like to engage as many people as possible to celebrate the spirit of the Games in an intentionally inclusive venue.” Admission is free for all events.

Key events include:

July 10 Opening Ceremonies for the Pan Am Games – Live Stream Event 6:30 p.m.
Live stream viewing event
July 10-26 Juried Art Exhibit
Queer Landscapes, Queer Journeys: Reflections of LGBTQ Rights and Struggles in Ontario Today
Opening Reception: July 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Regular Hours:
Mon – Wed: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thurs – Fri: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Also by appointment
July 21 Film Screening
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP
Presented by Réseau ACCESS Network
5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
July 23 Fierté Sudbury Pride
Community Conference
How to Create Positive Space in
Your Life and Business
All are welcome
1 p.m.
Sudbury Theatre Centre
170 Shaughnessy St.
August 7 Opening Ceremonies for the Parapan Am Games 6:30 p.m.
Live stream viewing event
August 7-15 Community Art Installation
The Pride House That Kids Built
Opening Reception: August 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Mon – Wed: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thurs – Fri: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Sat., August 15: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Also by appointment

Organizers are reaching out to community groups to build an exciting schedule of events and activities, all with a strong focus on inclusivity.

PrideHouse: Sudbury Celebrates has been made possible with support from many partners, including: PrideHouseTO, the Ontario Public Service Pride Network, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Cambrian College, Fierté Sudbury Pride, the Laurentian University School of Architecture, Better Beginnings Better Futures The S.P.O.T., the City of Greater Sudbury, and Jessica Lambe, a graphic designer who created the promotional materials. PrideHouseTO is a proud partner of TO2015 and is generously supported by the City of Toronto, the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Lead Partner CIBC.

The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games take place July 10-26 and August 7-15.

For more information:


Media Contacts:
Pam Pancel
Pan Am/Parapan Am Games PrideHouseTO Inclusion Ambassador

Leesa Bringas
Cambrian College
Open Studio Technician
705-566-8101, ext. 6323

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