RuggedRanger15 saidI dont get it! Gay Canadians are still Canadians! they don't need a pride house. Be Canadian, be who you are, don't separate yourself from everyone else over something as silly as sexual orientation. Makes me sad.
Well, Rugged, the Pride houses were for a lot more than Canadian gay athletes, who of all the participating countries, had the least need of it.
The Gay games are international, eh? http://thetyee.ca/Life/2010/02/09/GayestOlympics/
In the article, it's noted that in 14 of the countries participating in the regular Olympics, being gay is illegal.
""Here, in Canada, it's pretty cushy. If you're gay, you're treated like a real human being," he says, while making last minute preparations for the launch. But being gay is illegal in 14 of the countries participating in the Games, and in two, homosexual acts are punishable by death.
That's why at Vancouver's Pride House, too, even though the focus will be on making people feel welcome and safe, creating a space to meet up with friends and even trade pins, they also want to encourage people share experiences about what conditions are like for gay people in other countries. They'll have maps that show where it's illegal to be gay, where it's punishable by death, where it's legal to be married, where it's not. "