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Regina S PE C I A L F E AT U R E Leader-Post • M o n d ay, J u n e 9 , 2 0 1 4 G1 “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” PRIDEWeek ~ Maya Angelou ~ Photo by RNC Imagery June 9 -15, 2014 There’s no place like home — growing the community By Michele Tyndall For L-P Specialty Products Regina’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (GLBTQ) community has always focused on providing a safe space for community members and, since it began, the Gay and Lesbian Community of Regina (GLCR) has called several places home as it grew and became more visible year by year. In 1972, 10 people at a private party got together to organize a social centre for the GLBTQ community. That fall, the newly formed Odyssey Club opened in a rented house on Smith Street, offering GLBTQ patrons dancing and socializing, as well as an informational phone line and library. The community was officially incorporated as The Atropos Friendship Society in 1975 and purchased the Smith Street house. Gatherings continued to be held as private parties until 1977, when the organization began operating under special occasion liquor permits once a week and the Atropos Friendship Society reincorporated as the Gay Community of Regina (GCR). In 1980, the GCR sold the Smith Street house and rented space at 2069 Broad St., behind an established country bar. This club was renamed Rumours in 1981 and was originally only open on weekends. In 1982, the GCR was granted a permanent liquor licence and the community flourished in its Broad Street home. The GCR was growing, and the community was looking to the organization for stability and direction, so the board of directors chose to purchase a building in the popular warehouse district as the new home of the GCR, and moved to 1422 Scarth Street in 1985. It was here that a Human Rights Committee was struck in 1985 to actively fight discrimination, and AIDS Regina — now AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan (APSS) — began working on the serious health concerns in the community. Groups such as the Regal Social Association of Regina (RSAR), a fundraising-entertainment organization, got their start at 1422 Scarth St. In 1989, the newly christened Scarth Street Station was home base for the organizers of Regina’s first Pride parade. As the community diversified over the years, and groups like Lavender and APSS found their own homes, the fight for recognition carried on. Another Pride parade in 1991 boasted 100 participants, and now the community was eager to be more visible. Human rights codes were being amended, groups for university students and youth were being established and, to meet the needs of the membership, the GCR board of directors looked to move back downtown. In 1998, the GLCR purchased a building at 2070 Broad Street, across the street from their old location, and independent filmmaker Glen Wood made Community Building, a film documenting the hundreds of volunteer hours that went into creating this new home for the community. The Outside Club and Lounge opened its doors in 1999, and just one year later, over 400 people attended the first Pride parade Regina had seen in a decade. Since its signature rainbow sign started lighting up Broad Street in 1999, the GLCR has been a visible and vibrant part of the Regina landscape. The re-christened Q Nightclub and Lounge plays host to drag shows, wedding receptions, sports tournaments and AIDS Benefits. Wellness organizations have had offices in the building, MONDAY JUNE 9 RAISE THE FLAG, RAISE A GLASS TUESDAY JUNE 10 5 PM to 2 AM Admission: FREE Q’d UP—PRIDE EDITION 9 PM to 2 AM Admission: FREE WEDNESDAY JUNE 11 BUCKETS O’ PRIDE 5 PM to 2 AM Admission: FREE FRIDAY JUNE 13 FRIDAY NIGHT BURGERS THURSDAY JUNE 12 KARAOKE with WILL-SING OUT PROUD 9 PM to 2 AM Admission: FREE 5 PM to 8 PM $10 Burger and a pint Admission: FREE before 8PM THE INFAMOUS WHITE PARTY 8 PM to 2 AM Admission: $10 OR $5 for GLCR Membersand everyone dressed in all white attire! SUNDAY JUNE 15 PRIDE WIND-UP BBQ 5 PM to 9PM Burgers (with all fixin’s) $5 Admission: FREE SATURDAY JUNE 14 PAINT PARTY 10 PM to 3 AM Paint the town, paint your face and dance the night away with Regina’s Premiere Dj’s! $10 Admission fundraising groups have donated thousands of dollars to charity from the showroom downstairs, and Queen City Pride, the official voice of GLBTQ Pride in Regina, has kicked off ever more successful Pride festivals every year since 2000. Last year’s parade saw in excess of 1,600 participants and spectators, and culminated with Dani Halverson surprising her girlfriend with a marriage proposal at the end of the parade. Everywhere that the GLCR has called home has been a volunteer-driven, safe space for diversity since its inception, and the GLCR is now the longest-serving community-owned social organization in Canada. Message from the co-chairs Regina Pride Inc. would like to offer our sincere gratitude for all of the incredible support we have received throughout this year. The way our community has come together to help us create this festival has been truly remarkable, and we could not have done this without the incredible contributions of so many! This year, we hope to throw the largest and the best Pride Festival our beautiful city has ever seen. 2014 is a special year for the rights of the gender and sexually diverse community in Saskatchewan. It has been 10 years since the landmark decision of N.W. v. Canada, where the Honourable Justice Donna Wilson changed the definition of marriage and allowed members of our community to have our love recognized as equal. As gender and sexually diverse individuals around the world fight for basic human rights, we in Saskatchewan have a lot to be proud of! We hope you can all come and celebrate with us this week and help us to show Regina and the world how wonderful and diverse our community is! We have partnered with many great organizations in Regina and guarantee that there is something for everyone this week! Have a great Pride! Dan Shier, co-chair, Regina Pride Inc., prairie regional director, Fierte Canada Pride David Couture, co-chair, Regina Pride Inc. SUNDAY NIGHT DECK PARTY 5 PM to 2 AM Admission: FREE Regina’s Queer Youth Group A safe space for queer and questioning youth between the ages of 14 and 24. Every Wednesday night from 7:00 - 9:00p.m. in the UR Pride Centre in Riddell 225 at the U of R. email or visit REG26401425_1_1 Happy Pride Regina! NIGHTCLUB & LOUNGE 306-569-1995 *Follow us on REG26204449_1_1 REG00190573_1_1

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