From “The Village” website:
The Village is a gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-friendly area in Ottawa’s downtown core, covering a six by two block area surrounding Bank Street—from Nepean to James Streets (north to south) and Kent and O’Connor Streets (west to east). This area is the home of over 20 businesses and services that directly serve the GLBT community, many of which are gay owned and operated, with another nearly 40 other locations that proudly support and serve the Village and Ottawa’s GLBT community.
The Village also provides a safe space for our community to work, live and play, celebrates our history, culture and diversity, and is a burgeoning tourist destination.
Mayor Watson was kind enough to give this humble scribbler a moment of his time as we compared his support of his community to that of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford who snubbed the Gay Pride festivities in Toronto.
Kudos and congrats to Ottawa!