Majestic Family Fun Day: A Celebration of Family Diversity

 17 May
 Jack Purcell Community Centre
 320 Jack Purcell Lane - K2P 2J5 - Ottawa - Canada
 The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity
PLEASE HELP US PROMOTE THIS EVENT BY INVITING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES AND SHARING THIS EVENT ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGES! CCGSD (formerly Jer's Vision), with the generous support of the City of Ottawa, is please to be hosting the ‘First Annual Majestic Family Fun Day: A Celebration of Family Diversity in Honour of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Transmisogyny and Biphobia’ FREE ADMISSION! FREE BBQ! FREE FAMILY ACTIVITIES! This event will include Family-friendly programming for children, youth, and their families: PRIZES and GIVEAWAYS all day long! Our event will be taking place on May 17, 2015 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at Jack Purcell Community Center 320 Jack Purcell Lane off Elgin Street (between Gilmour Ave. and Lewis St.), Ottawa, ON K2P 2J5. Tel: 613-564-1050 GOOGLE MAPS: DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 417 east or west take the Metcalfe exit and head north. Turn right on Gilmour Street, right on Elgin Street and right onto Lewis Street. OC Transpo Bus Routes Bus# 14, 5, and 6 will bring you to Elgin St at Lewis. Visit for schedule information. ====================================== EVENT SCHEDULE: 10:00 - 10:30 AM: Opening Ceremony with remarks by Ibtehaj Shahid and Gabrielle Castilloux IBTEHAJ SHAHID BIO: Ibtehaj is currently a Master's student and Teaching Assistant at the department of Women's and Gender Studies at Carleton University, with an anticipated graduation date of Fall 2015. Ibtehaj is most passionate about social justice, animal rights, veganism, ecofeminism, post-structuralism and post-humanism, with an emphasis on the ability to critically deconstruct oppressive discourses in day to day activities in order to create an anti-oppressive framework and generate safe spaces. 10:00 AM - NOON: FREE Tim Horton's Coffee and Timbits provided by the Rogers TV-Tim Hortons Community Cruiser 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: FREE Face-painting compliments of Glitter Tattoos by sparklingexpressions 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM FREE Balloon Animals, along with a roaming Magician, and a Stilt-Walker compliments of Dr. Kaboom's Mini Mobile Circus 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Self-Serve Gaming Area provided by Monopolatte Come play some games you know and some easy-to-learn games you don't. These games show big groups and small ones to how to have a good time! (Even when it is 24°, cloudy, with a risk of thunder storms) Games provided (with instructions): Ugg-Tect, Telestrations, Twister, Guess Who, Spot It, Riff Raff, Pitch Car 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Local Artisan and Crafter Fair/Community Info Fair presented in cooperation of Ravenswing Ottawa 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: BYOD (Bring Your Own Device and charger) charging lounge for 3DS consoles and Cell Phones sponsored by 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Be Your Own Royalty-themed Arts and Crafts table: make and decorate your very own customized Majestic Crown - presented by Polybilities ( and PTS 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Interactive theater games workshop and storytelling performance for kids and families about Standing Up! and Speaking Out! No previous theatre experience necessary! Presented by Branch Out Theatre 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: FREE Hot Dog BBQ sponsored by HINTONBURGER and LESTERS HOT DOGS ( ) 11:00 AM - NOON: Captain America presents Super Hero Training! Captain America and his friends from Mystery Style Cosplay will be on-site to take you through a superhero obstacle course and show you how he trains to defeat Hydra and the Forces of Evil NOON - 1:00 PM: Magic and Music Show for children and their families with Magic Dave the Magician, Dr. Orkestro the One-Man-Orkestra, and Stilt Dave the Stilt-Walker from Dr. Kaboom's Mini Mobile Circus NOON - 2:00 PM: FREE Gender--Inclusive Family Swim (get tickets for access to the swim at our event) sponsored by The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity Jack Purcell Pool is unique in that the water temperature is maintained at 92˚F or 33˚C. It is accessible to individuals with mobility impairments. The pool has an electric transfer lift and graduating stairs, with arm support to enter the pool. It also has a full-length metal handrail and a full-length rope on the opposite side. 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM Nursing Room/Quiet Room available (see reception desk at Jack Purcell Community Center) compliment's of Jer's Vision 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM The Stand Up! Speak Out! Youth Theatre Project will perform their original forum theater play that addresses homophobia, transphobia and bullying. Presented in collaboration with Jer's Vision and Branch Out Theatre ----------------------- Event Photography and Family Photos by Natalie Lyle Photography =========================== BACKGROUND ON INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA, AND BIPHOBIA LGBTTQ young people and their families worldwide are particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses. Violence, exclusion, bullying, are often their daily reality. As part of the Jer's Vision's mandate to promote diversity and inclusivity in our community, the goal of our event is to create a safe space where families can come and enjoy a day of socializing and family-friendly recreation regardless of gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or family composition. International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHTB) was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTTQ people internationally. In under a decade, May 17th has established itself the single most important date for LGBTTQ communities to mobilize on a worldwide scale. The Day represents an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the alarming situation faced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people and all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms. May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal, with 1600 events reported from 1280 organizations in 2014. These mobilizations unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is not one centralized campaign; rather it is a moment that everyone can take advantage of to take action. The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia has received official recognition from several States, international institutions as the European Parliament, and by countless local authorities. Most United Nations agencies also mark the Day with specific events. Arts and culture-based celebrations are very common throughout the world on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. For example, Bangladeshi activists organised the music festival "Love Music Hate Homophobia" in 2013, Albanian LGBT activists have, in 2012 and 2013 been organizing an annual Bike Ride for May 17 through the streets of the capital Tirana. In 2013, the IDAHO Committee called for international actions for a Global Rainbow Flashmob to mark May 17. Activists in 100 cities, in 50 countries participated with diverse public events spanning coloured balloon releases, dance flashmobs, musical events, and performance and street art. 'Majestic Family Fun Day' represents Ottawa's arts and culture contribution to this year's May 17th celebrations and we hope you and your friends and families can join us as we celebrate cultural, gender, and family diversity on this year's International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. This is a grassroots community effort being local community members and this is the first community-wide event of this kind in CANADA! More information on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia can be found here:,_Biphobia_and_Transphobia This event is being run on a non-profit basis so we have been soliciting donations from community groups and local businesses for the items we need for our event. Any surplus after expenses will be put towards seed money for next year's event. Please help us to promote this landmark Ottawa event by propagating this event info to your networks and on your social media. Thank you! Questions? E-Mail: #MajesticFamilyFunDay Event/Media Contact: Morris Rothman Family Events Coordinator Jer's Vision: Canada's Youth Diversity Initiative E-Mail: We also wish to acknowledge and honour the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation on whose unceded land this event is taking place. ================ Our main event website is here: and our Facebook Event Page is here: If you know of any entertainers who would be interested in performing at our event or any organizations/groups/individuals that can supply us with any of the stuff on our event wish list please let us know of feel free to pass along this info to them. Our event wish-list is online at: ============== We are also still looking for vendors for and community groups to participate in our event: VENDOR AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION CALL-OUT We are seeking vendors and community groups for our event! The event is FREE ADMISSION and will be held at Jack Purcell Community Centre on Sunday, May 17 from 10am to 3pm, with a set-up time of 8am. Cost to participate is $20 per table (6’ x 2’) and $10 for each additional table (based on availability) if you would like to vend or you will be soliciting donations or contributions. The cost is free if you are a community organization that would like to set-up an information table only. All proceeds from the vendor’s fees will go to supporting the event. To register for the Vendor Fair or Community Fair email the organizers at with the following information: Contact Person: Name of Organization: Telephone: Email: Website: Description of products/services offered: Description of your art/mission/mandate we can use to promote your presence at our event: The number of tables you will need: Note: at least one 6 ft by 2 ft table can be provided for each exhibitor. No electricity is provided at the tables. One table is provided for free for non-profits & community organizations who are not selling anything or soliciting donation. A special thank you to our partners at RAVENSWING for helping us with our Vendors’Fair. Check out their upcoming events here: Visit our event website for more info: ======= HOW DO I VOLUNTEER TO HELP OUT AT THIS EVENT? This event is community-driven and is a great way to earn volunteer hours if you are in high school or just give back to the community. Volunteer shifts are typically two hours each but if you want to volunteer more or less we would welcome your participation! We need volunteers to help out with: -set-up from 8:00 AM - 10:00AM on May 17, 2015 (light lifting may be required) -supervising the food and refreshment stand from 10:00AM - 3:00PM -greeters and question answerers at the entrance from 10:00 AM - 2:30PM -helping out with the stage and the entertainers from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM -supervising the nursing/quiet/nap room from 1:30PM - 4:00PM -tear-down from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM on May 17, 2015 (light lifting may be required) If you would like to volunteer your time to help us out please contact us at with the following information: Full Name: Telephone: Email: Availability: ================================== WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR EVENT SPONSORS AN SUPPORTERS WHOSE GENEROUS PARTICIPATION AND DONATIONS HAVE MADE THIS EVENT POSSIBLE: Bruce House: Branch Out Theatre: City of Ottawa: Rogers/Tim Horton Community Cruiser: Cycle Salvation: Detroit Soul Food: Hintonburger: Loblaws on Isabella Street: Monopolatte: Natalie Lyle Photography: PTS: Vrtucar: Wag: Pressed: UsedOttawa: RavensWing Ottawa:

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