Monday, October 19, 2009

GLISA inks deal to welcome the Rainbow during the Olympic Winter Games

GayWhistler announces newest corporate sponsor of the first ever PRIDE House during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Whistler, BC - October 19, 2009 - GayWhistler, the producers of the annual WinterPRIDE festival, has just secured GLISA, Gay Lesbian International Sports Association, as their newest sponsor in hosting the first ever PRIDE House during the months of February and March which span the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, WinterPRIDE in Whistler and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. "We are incredibly honored to be able to work with GLISA, the international governing body that produces the 'World Out Games' every four years. Together we will be the catalysis of change within the sporting world with hopes that in the not too distant future being an out gay or lesbian in one's sport is no longer an issue," says Dean Nelson, CEO & Executive Producer of GayWhistler & PRIDE House.

PRIDE House will be a celebratory pavilion where Olympic and Paralympic athletes, coaches, family, fans and allies to come out and be their authentic selves regardless of sexual identity or preference. PRIDE House will be a hip lounge where guests can chill and watch the games, trade pins or just hang out and meet other "kewl" open minded individuals. Greg Larocque, President of GLISA North America said, "We are proud to have an active role in creating this historical PRIDE House in Whistler over three huge international events. It gives GLISA an opportunity to share with the world what we are doing on a global stage and the difference we are making in sports, culture and human rights."

PRIDE House is located in the centre of Whistler Village at the award winning boutique hotel of Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre. PRIDE House will be a hip lounge with a cocktail bar with TV monitors to watch the Olympics, hang out, trade pins, a media area to do interviews, and a venue to just have fun. PRIDE House will be open from February 8th through to March 21st. The hours of operation are scheduled from 10AM to 10PM daily. (Subject to Change) For more information please refer to

WinterPRIDE 2010 runs from March 1-8, 2010, and continues to revolutionize the traditional gay ski week format with its unique blend of four winter festival elements: Sports, Culinary, Health and Wellness, and Entertainment.

In addition to the world-class skiing and snowboarding being offered in Whistler, many of WinterPRIDE's 2009 highlights will return for 2010, such as an array of dance parties, culinary events, zip trekking and dog sledding. WinterPRIDE 2010 also offers an expanded program of on-and-off mountain events, including special events for lesbians and bears.

About Alpenglow Productions/GayWhistler
GayWhistler ( is a year-round promoter of Whistler to the gay and lesbian community, and promotes and produces the annual Gay Ski Week. GayWhistler is a subsidiary of Alpenglow Production Corporation.

GLISA - Gay Lesbian International Sports Association ( is a democratically governed, international association of LGBT sport organizations from around the world. Modeled after existing multi-sport organizations, GLISA's members are international sporting federations, continental associations representing sport teams and clubs from the major regions of the world, host cities of GLISA's World OutGames, and other organizations that support the mandate of GLISA. GLISA presently has 75 member organizations from five continents.

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