Women Deliver 2019 conference hosts inaugural Pride House in Vancouver

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      The Women Deliver 2019 conference in Vancouver, running from June 3 to 6, is helping to offer an LGBT community resource with the launch of an inaugural Pride House.

      Canadian human rights organization Egale Canada—in partnership with United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Canada and support from ARC International, Advocates For Youth, and more—has established a Pride House at the fueling station at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

      Pride House will serve as a community hub for LGBT people and allies, including speakers, delegates, volunteers, and more.

      On a list of LGBT events at the conference and in the city is tomorrow’s (June 5) LGTBQI2S panel at the Feminists Deliver Conference and Trade Show (also running from June 3 to 6), featuring a panel consisting of Love Intersections founder Jen Sungshine, Options for Reproductive Health executive director Michelle Fortin, and more.

      The Georgia Straight has contacted Women Deliver for further details. 

      Pride House was first established for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, housed at B.C.’s queer resource centre Qmunity and at Whistler. The venue aimed to educate visitors about LGBT issues while offering a supportive space for LGBT people.

      Other Pride Houses have been set up at various international sporting events, such as the 2012 London Olympics, the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games.

      After South Korean activists were unable to raise sufficient funding for a Pride House at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Canada offered a space at Canada House.