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Out in Ottawa: April 1–15, 2017

Choice events in the city this week

Credit: Courtesy Chris Fournier

Saturday, April 1

Manajiwin: LGBTTQ+ Fitness space

The gym is one of the most intimidating places — especially for people from marginalized communities. That’s why Kind Space and Odawa Native Friendship Centre provide an exercise space for queer people. Folks can get workout tips from on-site volunteers (if they want), and work out in a pressure-free environment. This takes place every Saturday.

5–8pm. The Odawa Native Friendship Centre, 250 City Centre Ave, Bay 102.

Thursday, April 6

Stonewall Wilde’s Spring Fling 

Stonewall Wilde’s welcomes spring and the public with an evening of mingling (complete with sweets and punch) and shopping. The two-level shop, the product of the recent merger of After Stonewall and Wilde’s, sells everything from LGBT books to one-of-a-kind works of art to sex toys and gear. RSVP required. 

6–8pm. Stonewall Wilde’s, 370 Bank St. For more info, visit Facebook

Stonewall Wilde’s spring fling event takes place on April 6, 2017.
Courtesy Trevor Prevost

Saturday, April 8

Double PROMdemnity/Film Noir PROMdemonium 

This film noir and prom-themed dance party is billed as “Ottawa’s radical, community-oriented, gender-bending, bike-loving, enviro-humping, queer-diggin, slow dancing, big dress wearing prom.” In other words, it’s pretty inclusive. It features DJs Halpo and Seiiizmikk spinning tech house, R&B, dancehall and more. Direct your questions and concerns to  

9pm–1am. Allsaints Event Space, 10 Blackburn Ave. For more info, visit Facebook 

Tuesday, April 11

Going Down: A Guide to Fellatio

What makes a good friend? Is it moral support? Is it trustworthiness? Or it could be brain-melting blowjobs? For those who want to be just such a friend, this workshop is for you. It covers everything from basic anatomy to more advanced stuff. Everyone welcome. Registration required. The venue is accessible.  

6:30pm. Venus Envy, 226 Bank St. 

2017 OQSL Registration Night 

This is a chance for sporty folks to register to play in the 2017 season of Ottawa’s LGBT softball league. Open to people of all genders, the league’s season runs from May to September (with games taking place on Fridays and some Saturdays). For information about registration and the $100 fee, visit

7–9:30pm. Royal Oak, 188 Bank St. For more info, visit Facebook

Wednesday, April 12

Day of Pink Gala 

Each year, the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity honours those who have fought against bullying and discrimination. The event features a reception and award ceremony, and this year’s award winners are Jori Jean Hodge, Susan Gapka, Kelly Dear and others. To RSVP, visit website. The venue is accessible. 

5:30–8pm. Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St. For more info, visit Facebook.

The Day of Pink Gala takes place on April 12, 2017, at the Horticulture Building.
Courtesy Chris Fournier