During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada made history as the first host country to organize a Pride House. The dedicated temporary location played host to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) athletes, volunteers and visitors. London followed suit in 2012, but Sochi didn’t in 2014 due to Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.
Due to South Korea failing to secure funding, it looked like there wouldn’t be another Pride House at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. That is until Canada stepped in to save the day.
Diversity is celebrated during the Olympics and for the 1st time, Pride House will be directly affiliated & hosted by a National Olympic Committee. For #PyeongChang2018, Canada Olympic House is home to #PrideHouse! ?????@TeamCanada pic.twitter.com/SILzakO24D
— Canada (@Canada) February 9, 2018
“It’s the first time a Pride House has come to Asia, and it’s the first time a national Olympic committee has officially embraced the Pride House concept,” says Keph Senett, a PrideHouse International trustee. Bravo Canada!!!
A powerful message meets all visitors to ??Canada House.
— Devin Heroux (@Devin_Heroux) February 7, 2018