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Remote Pride Houses – Get Involved and Support Russian LGBTQs During Sochi

unknownBACKGROUND: In 2013, Russian Olympic organizers denied a request to host a Pride House at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Pride House International approached several National Olympic Committees with a request to host Pride House activities in their hospitality houses, but so far have been unable to secure support.

However, there has been massive interest in and enthusiasm for the concept of “Remote Pride Houses” — that is, Pride House activities in support of LGBTQ Russians hosted anywhere in the world. Here’s how you can get involved.


A REMOTE PRIDE HOUSE can be as small or as big as you can handle organizing. Some ideas include:

  • hosting a film screening (see Resources, below)
  • organizing an LGBTQ-friendly sporting event
  • having an Olympics viewing party
  • setting up a round-table conference
  • submitting photos to the Same Sex Hand Holding Initiative
  • organizing a rally or demonstration

The basic premise of the Remote Pride House is to provide a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ people to engage with the Olympics, to promote LGBTQ visibility, and to show support for and solidarity with LGBTQ Russians.


1. Decide what your Remote Pride House will be and begin securing the venues and volunteers to make it a success. Note that the Sochi Olympics run February 6 – 23rd, and the Paralympic Games run March 7 – 16.

2. Notify Pride House International about your plans by sending an email to This will allow us to put you in touch with others in your city, offer advice and resources, and add you to our International Remote Pride House map (below).

3. Use our Resources (below) to build and publicize your events.

4. Build a presence using social media. Facebook works well for your Pride House event, and make sure you tag your tweets with #PrideHouse. Make sure you update us so we can list you here.

5. Record your activities for inclusion on this site. Take pictures, write articles, stream video — it’s all essential for documenting this human rights movement.


Remote Pride House events are scheduled for (current information, a work in progress, see map as well for details for venues without links below):

  1. Brighton, England, United Kingdom
  2. Brussels, Belgium
  3. Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
  4. Chicago, Illinois, United States
  5. Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  6. Edinburg, Scotland, United Kingdom
  7. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  8. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
  9. Fort-de-France, Martinique, France
  10. Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
  11. Hamburg, Germany
  12. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  13. Krakow, Poland
  14. London, England, United Kingdom
  15. Los Angeles, California, United States
  16. Manila, Philippines
  17. Manchester, England, United Kingdom
  18. Marseille, France
  19. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  20. Moscow, Russia
  21. Munich, Bavaria, Germany
  22. Nantes, France
  23. New York, New York, United States
  24. Paris, France
  25. Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  26. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  27. Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
  28. Rennes, France
  29. Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  30. San Francisco, California, United States
  31. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  32. Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
  33. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  34. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  35. Utrecht, The Netherlands
  36. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  37. Washington, DC, United States
  38. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  39. Wellington, New Zealand

Add your event by notifying Pride House International at


Remote Pride House Logo (click to download). We recommend that you use this logo on your communications, in conjunction with your own region-specific logo, if available.

FILM: “Dance Like No One’s Watching” is a 13-minute documentary about LGBTQ country and western dancing. American filmmaker Jenn Garrison has generously extended permission for Remote Pride House organizers to screen the film at Pride House events. Contact Pride House International for the password.

FILM: “Fearless” is the result of a 9-year photo project by photographer Jeff Sheng documenting out LGBTQ high school and college athletes. This 11-minute video presentation was shown at the Pride House for the 2012 London Olympics. Remote Pride House organizers are invited to show this film at their events.

FILM: “Foot for Love,” a film by Les Degommeuses. In 2011, Paris-based football (soccer) group Les Degommeuses hosted players from the South African lesbian football club, Thokozani FC. This 12-minute film documents the tournament. Les Degommeuses has given their permission to have the film shown at Remote Pride House events. Contact Pride House International if you require a DVD version.

FILM: “Queens at Court” is a 20-minute documentary by New York-based director Shiv Paul, that follows the stories of four diverse LGBTQ amateur tennis players. The video is available on Vimeo (contact Pride House International for the password), and Remote Pride House organizers are free to show it at their events.
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