The Muskoka Pride Committee is looking for your feedback from this year's Pride Week events!
Please fill out the survey, to give us your thoughts on how to improve things for next year.
Everyone who completes a survey will automatically be entered into draws for several prizes. The first prize will be drawn on Thursday, August 1st - so get your survey filled out now! There will be future draws (and you'll be eligible for them too).
Click this link: 2013 MUSKOKA PRIDE WEEK FEEDBACK SURVEY Thank you for helping to make next year's Pride Week even better!
The Muskoka Pride Committee invites you to join us for our 5th annual Muskoka Pride Picnic, happening today in Annie Williams Park (50 Santa's Village Road, Bracebridge) from Noon to 4:00.
We have FREE food, plenty of games, chances to socialize, and MANY prizes to give away!
Gravenhurst Scout Hall
(425 John St. S, Gravenhurst)
The Muskoka Pride Committee, in partnership with Rainbow Health Ontario, invite you to join us for a FREE screening of the Academy Award-nominated film "MILK".
Starring Sean Penn in the title role, "MILK" is a biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California.
The film will be shown at the Gravenhurst Scout Hall. Admission is free, however a donation bucket will be available to help support Muskoka Pride Week events.
Before MILK, we are screening the short film "Meeting Mora" by Mckenzie Ring, which was shown last year by the Gravenhurst Fine Films.
A modern-day Guess Who's Coming to Dinner with a twist. Mora's organized, upper-middle class life is thrown into turmoil when she finds out her daughter is gay and is bringing home her girlfriend for Thanksgiving dinner.
Join us at Northern Escapade Mini-Golf for our 1st Annual Mini-Golf Tournament. Drop in between the hours of 4:00PM and 9:00PM to pay the special rate of only $5 per person (regularly $8) to play 18 holes of mini-golf - when you use the promotional code "Muskoka Pride".
The 18-hole course takes about an hour to play. All participants using the "Muskoka Pride" promotional code will be eligible to win a prize for best Adult and Child golf scores - which will be awarded at the Picnic on Sunday.
We are just a few days away from the 5th Annual Muskoka Pride Picnic!
Some of the games to look forward to: "Capture the Flag" scavenger hunt, hula hoop contest, water balloon toss, and many more!
Some of the amazing prizes / silent auction items: A pair of "Swift" canoe paddles, A muskoka chair, a wonderful piece of rainbow artwork, and a free BBQ.
FREE Food: We will have hamburgers (meat and veggie), sausages, corn, pop, and water. ALL FREE!
Welcomes from invited dignitaries will be at 2:00 (Bracebridge Mayor Grayden Smith, and Muskoka Lakes Mayor Alice Murphy).
Games will be happening throughout the afternoon - prizes for each game - dare to be silly!
Draws will be happening at 3:00 - will you win the prize you want? Silent auction will go until 3:30
The Picnic starts at 12:00 Noon, and goes until 4:00.
From today's What's Up Muskoka
by Shawn Forth, Muskoka Pride Committee
It is an eventful year for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community in North America.
A sitting U.S. president and a majority of Americans now support marriage equality in polls. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the “Defense of Marriage Act,” clearing the way for federal marriage equality rights. The Boy Scouts of America now allow openly gay youth. In Ontario, we have the first openly-gay Premier in Canada. These are important events that few would have seen as possibilities just 5 years ago.
Recently, I had my “Ellen Degeneres moment” in a newspaper interview last month and it’s apparently now common knowledge that I’m gay. With my sexuality now public knowledge comes the flood of questions about LGBTQ topics. My personal favourite is: “Why do we even need Pride?”
In Canada the LGBTQ population has federally recognized marriage equality rights, job and health protection, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Locally, the towns of Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, and Huntsville have been extremely supportive of Muskoka Pride. The Town of Bracebridge is one of our title sponsors this year and the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce has been making great headway on a “diverse & welcoming” campaign to encourage LGBTQ tourists. All three towns are once again raising the Rainbow Pride flag in recognition of Muskoka Pride Week to show their support to Muskoka’s diverse community.
According to PFAG Canada: 90% of LGBTQ students have experienced bullying; they hear over 20 anti-gay slurs per day; 26% of them have been asked to leave their home and are more likely to become homeless; 30% of teen suicides are LGBTQ; 43% of trans-identified persons attempt suicide. As long as terms like “that’s so gay”, “dyke”, and “fag” are used as putdowns online and in the school yard, there is most certainly a need for Pride. LGBTQ youth need positive role models. Pride celebrations allow a safe space to build those connections within the community.
This year Muskoka Pride approached the Townships of Lake of Bays, Georgian Bay, and Muskoka Lakes to host Rainbow Flag raisings. The results were: rejected, ignored, and voted-down a proclamation policy. Apparently some factions in the rural communities of Muskoka aren’t ready for the “big-town” ideas like being “diverse and welcoming.”
Next year Toronto is hosting World Pride 2014 and over 1.5 million visitors are expected, along with their dollars to spend. Muskoka can show ourselves to be diverse and welcoming, and entice some of those disposable incomes to drive 200 km north. Half of the participants to last year’s Muskoka Pride Picnic travelled more than 50 km to get here, and they brought their tourism dollars to spend in Muskoka. Celebrate our diverse community and welcome this year’s visitors to Muskoka
Muskoka Pride advocates for and brings recognition to the LGBTQ population. Awareness and acceptance is vital for LGBTQ youth and it makes good business sense. Come out and show your support at the Muskoka Pride Week events, July 20-28. Happy Pride!
DARE TO BE TACKY - Pub Night @ Carey's Irish Pub is Tonight - Wear your Tackiest Hawaiian Shirt
Pub Night in Gravenhurst
@ Carey's Irish Pub in Gravenhurst
A table will be reserved at 7:00PM for Muskoka Pride. Come and join us for an evening of social fun!
Special prize for the WORST HAWAIIAN SHIRT!
Proprietors Alain and Robbie Irvine are thrilled to welcome members of the LGBTQ community to Carey's.
Robbie and Alain are involved in countless community endeavours throughout Muskoka, and were one of the first restaurants in Gravenhurst to fly the Rainbow flag during Pride month.
Use the promotional code "muskokapride" and click on THIS LINK to purchase your tickets at the special Discount rate.
Join us for a special Muskoka Pride reception following the performance backstage. Bring your "beverage of choice".
Performance space - Bala Curling Club, Grey Street
A marriage of rich comedy and physical theatre, Frankie is a witty, honest and intimate play about what happens when a spunky lesbian goes to her high school reunion. With hilarious accuracy, MacLean plays eight different characters: a drag queen, a spokeswoman for Gay-Away and Frankie’s guitar playing, dope-smoking girlfriend Tundra, as she tackles growing up gay in small-town NS.
Tuesday, July 23rd is the final day to email in submissions to be entered in the Rainbow Window Display Contest. Voting will start on Wednesday.
The deadline for entries to the Window/shelf/counter display contest was supposed to be July 20th. We are extending the deadline to Tuesday, July 23rd.
Any business in Muskoka that has a display that promotes awareness and acceptance for the LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and ally) community, is encouraged to take a photo of the display and email it to MUSKOKAPRIDE@GMAIL.COM
Please include a link to your business website, and we will link all supporting businesses from our website as a supporter
Come on Muskoka, SHOW US YOUR PRIDE!
The towns of Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, and Huntsville raised the Rainbow Flag to celebrate the start of Muskoka Pride Week
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