Balloons, bouncy castles and dozens of individuals stuffed Dundonald Park on Saturday within the Household Pleasure Zone of the Capital Pleasure Competition.
The primary attraction was below an inflatable rainbow arch within the middle of the park, the place drag queen Ruby Foxglove and Genesis sat studying the guide of Physician Seuss to the youngsters.
“Oh! the locations you will go!” Learn Genesis aloud as the youngsters listened enthusiastically.
However Drag Story Time attracted extra than simply children—for fogeys and artists, it was a manner for youths to study range and respect for themselves and others.
“I might by no means have thought [when I came out] At 16, it should be occurring,” mentioned Hope Zonruiter, a non-binary man who introduced her daughter to the occasion. “It is superb.”
They’re taking part within the week-long Capital Pleasure celebration, which started final Sunday for his or her first particular person celebration in three years.
“It appears like coming residence,” Zonruiter mentioned.
Range in position fashions
Along with a Pleasure pageant, the pageant included a free avenue occasion on Financial institution Road and numerous performances and household actions to have fun town’s queer communities. The festivities are set to wrap up with a Pleasure Parade on Sunday.
The Household Pleasure Zone is new this 12 months.
“This is a chance for folks to see range in position fashions which might be totally different from what we usually see,” mentioned Genevieve Colverson, Co-Chair of Capital Pleasure’s board of administrators.
Genesis mentioned she desires to learn to the youthful technology, as she desires to be that position mannequin for them.
“Once I was youthful, being homosexual, being Asian, being a primary technology immigrant, I by no means actually had anybody to look as much as,” Genesis mentioned.
“It took me a really very long time to determine that I may stay a happier, extra open, comfy life if somebody was going to see it that manner.”
‘The combat is on’
Sarah Connelly, a mom of two, additionally introduced her daughters to household occasions on Saturday.
“The extra we will introduce children to totally different cultures and several types of folks, the happier everyone seems to be, the safer everyone seems to be,” she mentioned.
However regardless of the celebration, Genesis mentioned she hasn’t all the time felt protected in Ottawa.
She recalled how the security of Ottawa residents, and the queer neighborhood particularly, was threatened throughout the unlawful occupation of Ottawa’s downtown core by the Freedom Convoy in February.
For the primary time since then, Genesis mentioned it has seen such a big crowd on the streets of Ottawa.
“To do that occasion the place folks at the moment are becoming a member of collectively and in a position to do the identical factor as convoy, however to take action and have a lot respect for a sure neighborhood and metropolis and one another – it appears It’s a large step in the best course after going through the mistaken path after a very long time.”
For Colversion, Pleasure isn’t just about celebrating various identities, however about uniting to sort out homosexuality and transphobia.
She mentioned the festivities this 12 months have been larger than ever, with 1000’s drawn to have fun town’s queer neighborhood in Sunday parades.
“It is a spot the place everybody can really feel welcome and everybody can relate,” she mentioned.
Zonruiter mentioned they might be a part of the parade with their daughter.
“We have to do not forget that we’re stronger collectively as a neighborhood. And the combat remains to be on,” he mentioned.