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Olympic Pride House: A day in the life of Pride House Vancouver

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Today was my first day hanging out at Pride House Vancouver since the opening celebration on Thursday, and it turns out it’s just as friendly and fun as the one in Whistler–although in a different way. Whistler Pride House is an upscale venue where people chill out for a couple of hours on leather sofas, drink cocktails and watch sports. Vancouver Pride House, because of its location in the heart of the gay village, is like a hub that people stream in and out of. They come to buy Pride House collectors pins, ask for tourist information or just see this gay house they keep hearing about in the media. Some hang out and watch TV too–although there are bigger screens across the road at Score on Davie, Pride House’s celebration venue.

Here are some more photos.

The welcoming sign on the pavement out front.

Chris Morrissey of the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Task Force is on hand to answer immigration and asylum inquiries.

Vistors Bonnie (l) and Roberta show off the official Olympic pavilion list with Pride House on it. They were a little disappointed that Pride House isn't really a pavilion. ...but close enough

Pride House volunteer Andre Beaucage shows off the spread. There's free coffee and granola bars for the taking.

And this is the resource table.

Rich and Val pop by to pick up Pride House pins.

The Pride House medal tally.

U.S. men’s hockey GM arrives at the Olympics while mourning the loss of his gay son

Brian Burke arrived in Vancouver this weekend after skipping the Olympic opening ceremonies due to the death of his 21 year-old gay son. Brendan Burke, an athlete and manager of a college hockey team, had recently done a series of media interviews to speak out against homophobia in sport. He said his father accepted him from the moment he came out in 2007, and the elder Burke appeared in the media with his son to support his advocacy work.

Here is one interview from the Canadian network, TSN:

Brendan Burke died in a car accident in Indiana on February 5th. His 18 year-old friend, Mark Reedy, also died when their Jeep Cherokee slid into an on-coming truck during a snow storm.

The CBC quotes Burke saying of Brendan “Not too many 21-year-olds have blazed a trail like that. He had a huge heart and a great future, and I promise that his message will live on.”

Dean Nelson of Olympic Pride House says he contacted a close friend of the Burkes’ and asked her to relay an invitation to Pride House. As yet, though, Burke has not appeared at either location.


Written by heatherkitching

February 16, 2010 at 5:56 AM

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  1. where in the heck is this place??? driving up for the day tomorrow , sat, and would like to stop by


    pam benson

    February 27, 2010 at 1:32 AM

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