Toronto Pride event in support of NOH8 Campaign and Jer’s Vision

What could be better than having fun and giving back at the same time?”-

that’s the idea behind T.G.I. SWAGGER 2011, taking place at Hotel Ocho on July 3, from 9pm. T.G.I. SWAGGER is being held in support of the NOH8 Campaign and Jer’s Vision.


With Same-sex marriage and gays in the military remain on the political front burner, general education and anti-discrimination campaigns have recently drawn a wider audience. With the number of teen suicides that have occurred as of late, it is no wonder that so many have decided to stand up and pay attention. It is charities like NOH8 and Jer’s Vision that are ensuring that real progress occurs.

The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8” painted on one cheek in protest. The NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 13,000 faces of politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more; and continues to grow at an exponential rate.

Jer’s Vision is a world leader in anti-bullying and anti-discrimination programming. The organization is youth led and looks at diversity inclusively, (including homophobia, sexism, racism…) in parallel and through their intersections (ex. how sexism and racism affects a woman of color). Jer’s Vision runs programming all over Canada and the United States, working with over 75,000 people annually. Jer’s Vision also is the proud leader of the International Day of Pink (, engaging millions of people in wearing pink and running programs that stand up to bullying.

Taking place on Sunday July 3rd 2011, the event is being held at Toronto’s hottest new boutique hotel, Hotel Ocho, the event will feature a Black Carpet, tunes by internationally known DJs Designer Imposter (New York) and Betti Forde (Toronto), with the city’s favourite hosting duo Chrys & Kris. The event will also play host to a slew of special guests including actress Nicole Piña of The Lovers and Friends Show.

Guests will be treated to a completely unique experience with will include live nail art by guerrilla image squad, the |WÖR|iors, and the opportunity to purchase Pride themed items from event supporters like foodFIGHT, Girls Like Us, F! and more. The proceeds from the sale of each item going directly to the NoH8 Campaign. Custom cocktails and delicious hor d’oeuvres will round out this chic evening. The event will definitely be the perfect way to close Toronto Pride this year!

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