Through the annual Ottawa Capital Pride Festival, Capital Pride works hard to create an open and respectful space for the rainbow community to advocate issues of concern.
The mission of the Ottawa Capital Pride organization is to create an environment for advocacy, education, and the fostering of a strong and vibrant rainbow community within the Nation’s Capital region. It does so through the annual Fierté dans la Capital(e) Pride festival, where it welcomes everyone to participate, celebrate, and experience being a part of the rainbow community.
After a change in leadership in January 2015, a new group of leaders from the rainbow community came together to ensure that celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the Ottawa Capital Pride festival took place with resounding success.
Initial work resulted in a strong partnership between Ottawa Capital Pride and the Bank Street Business Improvement Area (BIA). This collaboration supports the organization’s governance role and festival operations acumen with solid financial oversight by an experienced partner, familiar working with the City of Ottawa, one of the Festival’s main partners.
The organization consists of the Board of Directors, which is responsible for the overall direction of the organization, and the Festival Operations Committee, which is responsible for the on-the-ground execution of the annual festival.
Defining the spectrums of sexual and gender identity is a task that is too big for any single acronym. We find that the often used “LGBT” or “LGBTTQ” do not encompass everyone within our vibrant community. A rainbow isn’t just red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, but also every shade and colour in between – just like us. Capital Pride has opted to use the term rainbow community instead, to best reflect the fluid mosaic that makes up all aspects of sexual and gender identities and their allies.