PRIDE house Whistler Opens!    

The first glimpse of Whistler’s Olympic Pride House

Consider it the rainbow nation’s answer to USA House and Canada House. When the 2010 Winter Olympic
Games kick off in Vancouver on Friday, lgtb athletes and fans will, for the first time, have their own Olympic club house – a place to kick back, enjoy a cocktail or two, and watch the games on TV.

Here’s a first look at it. If you’re in Whistler for the Olympics, you will find Pride House in the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre.






Gay TV producer Morris Chapdelaine is modeling
the Pride House staff jackets.



Around 30 or 40 people, mostly media and members of the Whistler gay community, attended the Monday
grand opening celebrations. Aboriginal spiritual leader Sandra LaFramboise opened the ribbon-cutting ceremony with a blessing. Then there were speeches from, among other people, Whistler Mayor Ken Melamed, gay provincial politician Spencer Herbert and Pride House organizer Dean Nelson.

To hear what the Mayor of Whistler had to say, roght click here and select “save target as” (or “save link
as”) for the mp3.

To hear a little of Dean Nelson’s speech – including his provocative invitation to the Jamaican bobsled team –
right click here and select “save target as” for the mp3.

And now for a look inside.

For an audio tour from Dean Nelson, right click here for the mp3 and select “save target as.”







 Openly gay politician, Spencer Herbert (right), who is a member of the British Columbia assembly for the
opposition New Democratic Party, chats with Morris Chapdelaine.

 Lynn Gervais (right), PR Director for the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, entertains some of the visiting media by
Pride House’s souvenir boutique.

 Dean Nelson, Ken Coolen and a friend pose inside Pride House’s “speakers chalet,” a place where visitors are
invited to record their own video messages for a possible documentary.

This is Slapshotolous by Edmund Haakoson. I’ll write about it more later in the games, as Edmund is going to
be visiting Pride House.

There will be two more Pride House locations opening later this week in Vancouver’s gay village. If you’re in
town for the Olympics, here is the complete calendar of Pride House events

I’ll update this if new events are announced. Meanwhile, check back Thursday for photos from the opening of the first Vancouver Pride House location.

Written by heatherkitching
February 9, 2010





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