Inclusive at the Olympics: Canada Hosts Pride House
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This year, Canada showed the world that it values inclusivity and diversity. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Canada stepped in when South Korean organizers could not raise enough money to open a standalone LGBT centre in the Olympic Village.
Chris Overholt, CEO and Secretary General of the Canadian Olympic Committee said, “We recognize that diversity is our greatest strength. Inclusion is the very foundation of what makes the heart of Team Canada. By hosting Pride House in our Canada Olympic House, we are extending our warmest welcome to all from every corner of the world to celebrate ‘Be Olympic.’”
Fairy Tales stands behind Canada’s heroic efforts for inclusive spaces. Our philosophy revolves around creating inclusivity, so that all individuals are free to express themselves, without fear or judgment.
The Canadian Pride House could not have come at a better time. There are a growing number of openly queer athletes competing at the Olympics. Pride Houses are essential for welcoming LGBT athletes, fans, and allies to watch the competitions in a supportive environment, and provide tools to learn about LGBTQI+ perspectives in sports.
This isn’t the first time Canada has stepped up on behalf of LGBT individuals. At the Sochi Games, Russia denied requests for a Pride House, so Canada created “remote” solidarity Pride Houses set up in cities across the globe.
In South Korea, there are no safeguards in place for the LGBTQ+ community. “There are no protections for losing your job or losing your housing, based on either sexual orientation or gender identity.” We are proud of Canada for stepping up and supporting the LGBT community in a challenging environment.
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