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Ottawa's LGX 2000 Features Over 70 Community Groups and Businesses

LGX 2000 - the National Capital Region's only Lesbian and Gay Expo - will take place Saturday, April 29 at Jack Purcell Community Centre.

The annual information and business fair is a community project of Capital Xtra, Ottawaıs gay and lesbian monthly newspaper.  The exhibition will run from 10AM to 6PM.

The event is produced by Capital Xtra and provided as a free service to participating groups and members of the community.  There is no charge for LGX exhibitors, or admission fee for consumers.

More than 70 businesses and community organizations - lawyers and financial consultants, along side gay sports and activist groups - will take part in LGX 2000.

LGX is designed to connect members of the community with gay and lesbian friendly businesses and organizations.  In turn, businesses and groups reach potential customers and members.

"It gives businesses the opportunity to meet a lot of people in a fairly short time period.  I think that the audience that theyıre talking to tends to be very receptive of their message," says Michael Bellefeuille, Capital Xtra advertising manager.  "It's turning into real business."

As a result of the Proud Community Partner program launched this year by Capital Xtra, two local businesses are for the first time taking on the role of sponsors of LGX.  This will help the not-for-profit community newspaper offset expenses of running LGX.

"Proud Community Partners is a chance for businesses which want to play an active roll in community development to team up with Capital Xtra to produce our community-oriented events," says Capital Xtra Publisher Brandon Matheson.  "I think it's a win-win situation for the paper, businesses and the community."

Jerry Goudreault and Pam Roy, sales representatives with real estate firm Coldwell Banker, are Proud Community Partners in LGX 2000, along with law firm Mann & Associates.

"Itıs extremely important to have this kind of venue.  LGX gives the gay community a lot of knowledge about what gay-friendly and gay-owned businesses are out there," says Jerry Goudreault, of Coldwell Bankers.

"It's a great way of supporting the concept that there is a business community that's there to help gays and lesbians," says Ted Mann, head of Mann & Associates.  "It's a way of being able to give back to the community, by virtue of providing information and referrals."

Also new this year is a series of informational and 'how-to' seminars:

  • 'Buying A Home From Start To Finish,' by Jerry Goudreault and Pam Roy of Coldwell Bankers,
  • 'Legal Issues For Gays & Lesbians,' by Ted Mann of Mann & Associates, and
  • 'Faux Finishing,' by Dolan Interiors.

Capital Xtra will present two sessions:

  • 'Writing for Capital Xtra,' and
  • 'Promoting Your Community Group.'
Both sessions will be presented by Capital Xtra Publisher and Editor-In-Chief Brandon Matheson.