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.
Since the initial creation of the rainbow flag in 1978 by Gilbert Baker, many groups within the Rainbow Community have created their own unique flags. Taking a total of 30 colors from these community flags, the new logo represents a “super rainbow” flag that reflects the inclusiveness and diversity of Ottawa’s vibrant Rainbow Community.
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Through the annual Fierté dans la Capital(e) Pride Festival, the newly-formed Ottawa Capital Pride organization walks the talk in creating an open and respectful space for the Rainbow Community to advocate on issues of concern.
In January 2015, a group of key leaders from within the Rainbow Community came together to ensure that celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the Ottawa Capital Pride festival take place to resounding success.
Initial meetings resulted in a strong partnership between the new Ottawa Capital Pride organization and the Bank Street Business Improvement Area (BIA). This collaboration ties together the new organization’s governance role and festival operations acumen with solid financial oversight by an experienced partner familiar with one of the Festival’s main partners, the City of Ottawa.
The new governance structure consists of the Community Advisory Committee which is responsible for overall direction and policies, and the Festival Operations Committee which is responsible for the execution of the annual Fierté dans la Capital(e)Festival.
Defining the spectrums of sexual and gender identity is a task that is too big for any single acronym. We have found that the often used LGBT, or LGBTTQ does not encompass all within our vibrant community and leaves some members feeling left out. A rainbow not only consists of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, but also every shade and colour in between; and so it is with our community. Fierté dans la Capital(e) Pride has opted to use the term Rainbow Community to best reflect the fluid mosaic that makes up all aspects of sexual and gender identities and their allies. Adding to this we have adopted the “Super Rainbow” as our logo paying tribute to the 30th anniversary of the Ottawa Capital Pride Festival. Consisting of 30 colours the “Super Rainbow” has taken from flags representative of many facets from within the Rainbow Community.