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Session Descriptions

Friday, 22 November 2013
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Youth Session - Creating the Ultimate LGBT Youth Experience throughout WorldPride and the Pan / Parapan Am Games
University College
Room: H012

Are you LGBTQ (or an ally)?  Love sports and rec?  Between 16 and 25 years old?  Don't miss the youth portion of Scrum 2013!

Take leadership in representing our generation’s voice in Pan / Parapan Am Games 2015 activation of the LGBT community!   Work with OUTSPORT TORONTO and Toronto2015 to envision the ultimate LGBT youth experience throughout the Pan / Parapan American Games in Toronto in 2015.   Want more?  OUTSPORT TORONTO wants to equip you with the skills and tools needed to see your own sports and rec event ideas come to life!  Take this first step with us to get involved with WorldPride and future youth sport and rec activation events!

OUTSPORT TORONTO is grateful to the Bonham Centre for providing facilities for this session.

7:00pm - 10:00pm
Reception and Keynote Address
Hart House
Room: Music Room, 2nd Floor, West Wing

Join us for our conference opening reception, hosted once again in partnership with our friends at the University of Toronto at Hart House.  This is an excellent opportunity to network with other LGBT sport and recreation leaders and participants, exchange ideas, and make new friends!

The keynote address will feature the courageous co-president of the Russian LGBT Sports Federation, Konstantin Iablotckii.  Konstantin will share with us what it is like in Russia today being an out LGBT athlete.  He will share some of the challenges and hopes for furthering LGBT sports in his home country.  This will be a most engaging presentation given the upcoming winter Olympics.

The funny and talented Deb Pearce will once again this year be our Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

Light finger-foods are complimentary with your conference registration.  There will be a cash bar.

Please note you will need to check in with the registration table for this evening's activities.  Please bring both your registration confirmation (which you should have received via eMail) as well as your confirmation of payment.

OUTSPORT TORONTO is grateful to our friends at Hart House for providing facilities for our reception and keynote address.

Saturday, 23 November 2013
9:45am - 11:00am
Accessing Sport
The 519
Room: TBA

As LGBTQ people we often hear that sport is one of the last bastions of homophobia.  That may or may not be true but what else is stopping us from participating in athletics?  Join in this multifaceted discussion about the barriers we face to getting on the pitch and what can we learn about this barriers to help dismantle them moving forward.

What’s Good for the Body
The 519

This workshop looks to explore the different ways we can take better care of our bodies.  We all have been told that stretching is important but is it and why?  What does nourishment mean?  How do we as people who play sport on top of everything else in our lives take care of our bodies?

Taking a Breath
The 519

What do we do when our sports and recreation stops being a place for venting stress and starts to cause it?  Whether it be time management or first tournament jitters we are going to discuss where it comes from and how we can be better prepared to deal with it when it does happen.  An interactive workshop to give you skills that can be used on and off the field/pool/court.

11:15am - 12:30pm
Mega-events: Pan / Parapan Am Games 2015 and IGNITE
The 519

Looking for ways to get involved with the Toronto 2015 Games?  The “IGNITE the Spirit” workshop aims to share the vision and goals of the ‘People’s Games’, especially the innovative and grassroots program, IGNITE.  The idea behind IGNITE is simple: those with a passion for promoting sport, physical activity, recreation, healthy living and/or art and culture, are encouraged to create their own special Games-themes initiative or put a Pan Am twist on an existing initiative.  It could be a community soccer game, a Caribbean cultural festival, a parasport training camp or even an innovative off-the-wall art project.  The only prerequisite is the initiatives must help ignite the spirit of sport and culture embodied by the Games.

Mega-events: WorldPride 2014
The 519

Join the WorldPride 2014 team as a volunteer Athlete Ambassador – Find out how in this session!  Help OutSport Toronto plan for the WorldPride SportZone!  And learn more about the PrideHouseTO initiative planned for World Pride!

Come and join the fun by becoming an Athlete Ambassador at your league's local and international tournaments!  A representative of WorldPride 2014 will provide a short training module about WorldPride and how to become an ambassador for this amazing event on the world stage.  You'll walk away ready to break the ice at events with "Hey, I like your team's jersey, but why don't you try on this WorldPride T-Shirt and see how it fits?"

OutSport Toronto will also be looking for input in a brainstorming session on how to make this year's SportZone an even bigger success than last year's.  Come and help to shape next year's event, and learn more about the exciting ways OutSport Toronto is engaging with member leagues and the community at this annual event.

PrideHouseTO will also be on hand to give a short presentation on the PrideHouseTO Games Watching Lounge which will be active during WorldPride.  Come learn a little more about this initiative hosted by PrideHouseTO!

12:30pm - 1:15pm
Lunch and Networking
The 519

Your conference registration includes your lunch on Saturday.  Make sure you indicate if you have any particular food requirements when you register.  This is also an excellent opportunity to continue the networking you started Friday evening at the reception, and continue to build strong ties between LGBT sport and recreation leaders and participants!

1:15pm - 2:00pm
Mid-day Plenary - Team Toronto and Gay Games 9
The 519

Next August in Cleveland & Akron, more than 10,000 participants from more than 65 countries will participate in The 2014 Gay Games.  The founding principles of Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best mean the Games are open to everybody regardless of sexual orientation, gender, transgender status, religion, nationality, political convictions, age, physical condition or athletic ability.

This is more than just a tournament.  This is celebration!  This is transforming!  You will take home with you more than just a medal!  You will bring home new friendships, the memory of marching with your peers in the opening ceremonies, the memory of competing against fellow athletes from around the word, just to name a few.

OUTSPORT TORONTO appreciates the value in broad participation from our community in these games, and is working hard to coordinate transportation, accommodation, uniforms, and other details to help facilitate the biggest “Team Toronto” ever.  This interactive information session will provide you with information on The Gay Games, give you an opportunity to register on the spot, and give you a chance to speak with past participants about their Gay Games experiences.

(Find out more about Gay Games 9 at .)

2:00pm - 3:15pm
Brain Sex, Gender Identity, and Sport
The 519

For a sports federation all about diversity… are we really working for diversity? How are we doing at engaging different kinds of people with different gender identities in our member leagues?  This workshop will serve as a check in, while brainstorming some things that we can be doing differently moving forward.

Fundraising and Development - Building Strategic Partnerships
The 519

We know that playing sport can be an investment.  Time, energy, and yes even money.  How can we as sports leagues do better to help support our members when it comes to all of those fees that seem to add up?  What are some things we have done in the past?  What has worked and what could maybe be taken back to the drawing board?  This workshop will give you the tools to answer these questions and hopefully more in your upcoming seasons.

Organized a Tournie? So What?
The 519

So you have been apart of an amazing team and have taken on a leadership role?  Who cares?  Lots of people!  This workshop will give you the insight in how to take your experiences as a leader and be able to market them in the world outside of balls and goals.  Job-hunting?  Looking for a new opportunity?  Let us show you where to begin!

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Panel - How Can Sport Make a Difference?
The 519

There has been a lot of talk lately in the media and elsewhere about LGBTQ people, "lifestyle propaganda", human rights, and if and where they all come togehter in sport and athletics.  What can we do as people living in Toronto to help those on the other side of the world?  What can we do to help people here in Toronto?  This panel brings together activists and athletes from around the city who can help us tackle these questions and others while we try to figure out how we can make a difference through sport.

Moderator: Beth Beattie