Who We Are
Ottawa Senior Pride Network (OSPN) is a volunteer-run network of LGBT seniors (50+) and allies, which was formed in 2008. Centretown Community Health Centre has been an active partner since our inception and we have received some United Way funding to help in our work as well as some community funding through the annual ‘Swirl & Twirl’ LGBT wine and food tasting event.
Our group includes a number of LGBT seniors who have a history of decades of activism and community development work. Membership continues to grow steadily; by the end of 2016, OSPN had over 650 members. In order for our members to stay connected with each other, and with the network, we maintain an email distribution system and a Facebook group.
If you’re interested in learning more about OSPN and/or in joining any of our initiatives, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: There has been much discussion about our use of the word ‘queer’ in our promotional and training materials. From our perspective ‘queer’ is a positive word that equates with ‘LGBT’. As we did decades ago with the words ‘gay’, ‘dyke’ and even ‘lesbian’, we have taken the word ‘queer’ and reclaimed it. We believe this is an empowering act.