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Olympic Pride House: Whistler readies for WinterPride

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You might think that after three solid weeks of welcoming the world’s LGBT Olympic-goers, Pride House’s Dean Nelson and Ken Coolen would retire to a chalet some place and rest.

There was a new piece of furniture in Whistler Pride House today: a registration desk for WinterPride!

Actually, the Olympic Pride House was just the kick-off to an even bigger party for them:  Whistler WinterPride. It kicks off Monday and runs through to March 8th.

Already, gays from all over North America are starting to turn up here, ready to take over the mountains just as soon as Lindsay Vonn has packed her bags.

As if setting up Pride House wasn’t enough work, Dean and Ken have organized a full menu of WinterPride events, from wine-tastings, beer tours and zip line treks to the usual compliment of decadent parties–including the annual mountain–top Snow Ball.

I bid a sad farewell to the guys yesterday, as that would be my last visit to Pride House on behalf of OutQ.  However, I might be back sooner than expected.  That Bubbles and Boobies spa day sounds awfully tempting.

Oh, and by the way, Pride House plans to stay open during the Paralympic Games March 12-21.

Click here to read the rest of this entry and to read more about Stephen Colbert’s visit to Pride House.

Jamie and Jeff kick back with Sarah after their final Olympic security shift

Watching repeats of curling from earlier in the day

Colbert’s visit to the Pridelands:  Now it can be told

If you were following the updates on my post about Stephen Colbert’s visit to Pride House, then you know that the Pride House scenes were cut from the national pavilions segment of the Colbert Report.  Colbert’s producers told Pride House’s Jennifer Breakspear that the segments should show up as out-takes on the Colbert web site, but I haven’t actually seen them there yet.

What I did find, however, was a collection of YouTube videos shot by others who were in the room when Colbert did his piece.  These four clips pretty well pull together all the funny stuff … including Colbert flubbing his lines.


Written by heatherkitching

February 28, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Posted in Sports

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  1. I encourage everyone to drop by the Whistler Olympic Pride house. I just interviewed Dean Nelson, the executive director of Pride House the other day. See it here and then take a virtual walk around pride house and Whister at


    March 1, 2010 at 5:32 PM

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