Some shots of the rainbow that graced the Toronto skyline at the end of WorldPride
Gay owned clothing line, Royal Boar, releases some Pride Edition shirts.
Here is the letter I wrote the IOC on their recent decision to punish athletes protesting the homophobic Russian law.
“To whom it may concern,
6. Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race,
religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic
Does that mean the IOC will violate their own charter by punishing athletes who wear pride symbols during the games?
I look forward to your reply.”
This is the response I received
Thank you for your email. To answer your questions, The IOC has a clear rule laid out in the Olympic Charter (Rule 50) which states that the venues of the Olympic Games are not a place for proactive protests or demonstrations. This rule has been in place for many years and aims to separate sport from politics, honour the context of the Olympic Games, and ensure the peaceful gathering of athletes from over 200 nations, officials and spectators from all kinds of different cultures and backgrounds. By its nature, the Olympic Games cannot become a platform for any kind of demonstration and the IOC will not accept any proactive gesture that could harm their spirit and jeopardize their future.
That said, the IOC would always treat each case individually and take a sensible approach depending on what was said or done.
I take this opportunity to share with you our position on this matter: “The International Olympic Committee is clear that sport is a human right and should be available to all regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation. The Games themselves should be open to all, free of discrimination, and that applies to spectators, officials, media and of course athletes. We would oppose in the strongest terms any move that would jeopardise this principle.
As you know, this legislation has just been passed into law and it remains to be seen whether and how it will be implemented, particularly as regards the Games in Sochi. As a sporting organisation, what we can do is to continue to work to ensure that the Games can take place without discrimination against athletes, officials, spectators and the media. To that end, the IOC has received assurances from the highest level of government in Russia that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games.”
We hope this will be helpful,
Many thanks and best regards
Media Relations Manager
INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
Château de Vidy
1007 Lausanne, Switzerland
Fax +41 (0)21 621 6356”
Clear enough for everyone? Cause it isn’t for me.
This definitely requires some serious explaining by the IOC. Here’s hoping they provide it.
What does this law do? Well if I were in Russia it would be illegal for me to have my blog, I wouldn’t have been able to be a part of Queer McGill during university, my soccer or water polo organization wouldn’t be allowed to exist, pride parades are banned, making public statements supporting the rights of LGBTQ people is illegal, even movies, TV shows, music, or art seen as ‘promoting’ homosexuality are effectively banned from Russia. I hope the international community denounces this for the draconian and extremely oppressive act that it is. I also hope that any LGBTQ athletes or allies going to Socchi next year make a stand and proudly sport the rainbow flag during their events or upon receiving medals in protest of this disgusting stance.
Find out more about the bill here.
Hillary Clinton delivers a video message for Pride Month. You go girl.
2012 marks the 6th year since it’s inception for the Toronto International Pride Cup, or TIPC.
While the tournament has been in a couple of different venues over the past few years it seems to have found a home at L’Amoreaux Field in Scarborough where the 2011 tournament was held and where it will be held again during the August 10-12 weekend this year.
The tournament has two streams, mixed or open (which are open to people of any gender identity) and womens (open to those who are female identified).
The matches take place over 2 days, which a registration event on the Friday evening (which will be held at Slacks) in the heart of Toronto’s Gay Village (Church-Wellesley Village, or Gaybourhood).
This year the tournament is experimenting with the format: Whereas in the past squads were comprised of the traditional 11 or more players this year each squad will have 7 members (with the option of including and ‘alternate’). For each game 2 squads will be paired to play against 2 other squads for a full 11v11 match. Stats for each game will count toward the round-robin standings of both squads. Squads with an 8th alternate may only play 7 of their players in any one game, but the alternate may switch in throughout the weekend. Additionally a team cannot have more than 6 players from their squad on the field during play.
For those with spouses, partners, family, friends, or FWBs that may not be soccer fans other highlights in Toronto that weekend include the Toronto Beer Festival and the ever popular Taste of the Danforth.
Other events during TIPC include the banquet held on the Saturday evening, all signs point it being held at the 519 community centre in the heart of the gay village and will be catered by Fabarnak recently named one of the top five restaurants to go in to Toronto for locally sourced food by Now Magazine (http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story.cfm?content=186034).
Registration can be done through the TIPC website - http://www.tipc.org/.
Yumyos For Pride
With many Pride celebrations becoming more family friendly (and with us Queer folk loving all that is vibrant, fun, kitsch, and cute) a friend, Leah Moses, has released a line of collectible stuffed toys with Pride ones coming out for the circuit.
Yumyos actually embody a number of aspects of the LGBTQ community as well. They come in all different shapes, sizes, colours, furriness, and backgrounds, and each one is unique having been individually crafted.
You can visit Yumyos facebook page here
Or to purchase one you can go here
This is actually quite surprising. Considering the battering that the Liberal Party has been taking both on Federal and Provincial levels (down 10 points in Ontario) you would think that the Liberals would be pandering to everyone they can, especially a popular event in the socially left leaning Vancouver.