Deadline to apply is May 31, 2018, for the 2018 Kingston Pride year.

Purpose

To provide a framework for the contest and title of Kingston Pride Ambassador run and managed by Kingston Pride Inc.

Background

In previous years, Kingston Pride Inc. held contests for titles of Miss Kingston Pride and Mister Kingston Pride. These titles were for self-identified drag kings and drag queens only. The duties of these titleholders were to represent Kingston Pride and be an advocate of the LGBTQ+ community of Kingston in other communities but more importantly to be the figureheads/grand marshals of the Kingston Pride Parade.

Consulting with the community and other community leaders, Kingston Pride Inc. has decided to create a new title of Kingston Pride Ambassador and run a new contest to fill this title. This contest will be more encompassing and inclusive by giving opportunities for all advocates of the LGBTQ+ community to participate.

Definitions

Advocate: The LGBTQ+ community member who has applied to be or is a current holder of the title of Kingston Pride Ambassador who will be advocating for the LGBTQ+ community of Kingston, Ontario.

Kingston Pride Ambassador: The title run by Kingston Pride Inc. and is granted to be used by an advocate who competes and is identified as a successful in the Kingston Pride Ambassador contest.

Titleholder: The advocate who has successfully been awarded the Kingston Pride Ambassador title by Kingston Pride Inc. and continues to meet the eligibility, rules and responsibilities set out in this document. Please also see Kingston Pride Ambassador.

Eligibility

The title and contest is open to all persons within Kingston, Ontario and the surrounding area (within 1.5 hours drive to Kingston: from Trenton to Brockville and up to Perth). In addition, to be eligible an advocate must be free of a criminal record and a completed application form must be received by the organizing committee by May 31st, 2018.

Furthermore, to be eligible, the advocate must attend all 3 events as detailed under Contest Rules.

Roles and Responsibilities

Below are the roles and responsibilities of the Kingston Pride Ambassador.

Grand Marshal

The Kingston Pride Ambassador will be the grand marshal/figurehead of the Kingston Pride Parade. They will march and be identified in the Kingston Pride Parade. Dates and times to be announced by Kingston Pride Inc.

Representing Kingston in Other Pride Festivals

Once granted the title, the advocate may attend other Pride Festivals as the Kingston Pride Ambassador provided they adhere to the eligibility, rules, and responsibilities outlined below.

Further Responsibilities

  1. To act as a role model for other members of the LGBTQ+ communities and as an ambassador of these communities to the general Kingston community. In order to fulfill these roles the titleholder will become a public figure and as such is required to have a high standard of conduct. The standard of conduct includes:
    a) Tolerance,respect,and diplomacy in discourse with all but especially with other members of the LGBTQ+ communities.
    b) Embracing and promoting the value of diversity of all peoples.
    c) As the need arises the titleholder may also be required to make comments (including to the media) on issues of interest to the LGBTQ+ communities. It is especially important in such situations for the titleholder to remember they are an ambassador of those communities.
  2. To help develop the LGBTQ+ communities of Kingston specifically. This development includes:
    a) Attend Pride events as well as events of the general LGBTQ+ community.
    b) Promote, lending their image and name if needed, events of the LGBTQ+ communities.
    c) The title holder will also be responsible for organizing a few (more than 2) LGBTQ+ events, though they are not expected to be a financier of such events.
    d) The title holder is expected to march in the Kingston Pride Parade and to promote the LGBTQ+ community at Pride events.
    e) If invited by the Kingston Pride board, the titleholder should be available to help organize next year’s contest.
  3. To help foster better relationships with the general community of Kingston, the title holder is required to select at least one favourite charity and help raise donations for it through their organization/promotion efforts.

Rules Governing the Title

  1. The title remains the property of Kingston Pride Inc. If at any point during the title year the titleholder no longer meets the eligibility criteria, is unable to perform their duties, or is, in the opinion of the Kingston Pride board, not performing their duties well the title and any prizes may be revoked and, at the board’s discretion, bestowed upon the runner up.
  2. The title must not be used for personal profit or gain.
  3. The advocate agrees to fulfill their duties for the entire duration of the title year (which cannot exceed 1.5 calendar years).
  4. Must attend the subsequent year’s contest and award, after a title conclusion speech, the title to the next winner.
  5. If not required by Kingston Pride, the titleholder must be available as a judge if requested.

Contest

The contest will consist of a selection process where a clear majority of points accumulated will determine selection of the Kingston Pride Ambassador. Points will be awarded for completion and content quality of tasks performed as specified in the Contest Rules.

Contest Rules

The contest will consist of three events: Meet and Greet, Interviews, Speech on Stage in Pride Wear. All advocates must attend all of these events to be eligible, unless otherwise indicated. Advocates must wear a contestant identification badge. Please note these events will be scheduled by Kingston Pride Inc. and may occur simultaneously or on different days or hours. Please check KingstonPride.ca for the schedule.

Meet and Greet (worth 20%)

The meet and great is an informal introductory meeting with judges and members of the LGBTQ+ communities. The advocates will be judged on their standard of conduct. If there is a large number of applications, the top 8 will be chosen based on scores received thus far to proceed to the events. This limit is strictly for the purpose of having those events run for a reasonable time. Attendance of the advocate is required.

Interviews (worth 45%)

Advocates will respond to questions from a judging panel on all topics that will help discern the ability and willingness of the advocate to perform their responsibilities if selected. If there is a large number of applications, the top 8 will be chosen based on scores received thus far to proceed to the events. This limit is strictly for the purpose of having those events run for a reasonable time. Attendance of the advocate is required.

Speech on Stage in Pride Wear (worth 20%)

The advocate will give a public speech to the judges and members of the LGBTQ+ communities on any topic of their choosing. The advocate must wear clothing appropriate to Pride. If there is a large number of applications, the top 8 will be chosen based on scores received thus far to proceed to the events. This limit is strictly for the purpose of having those events run for a reasonable time. Attendance of the advocate is required.

Community Vote (worth 15%)

The community vote will be an online public vote. This will give the community at large an opportunity to provide input into the selection of a successful advocate. The manner of this public vote will be developed by Kingston Pride Inc. A bio and photo may be requested of the advocate with a deadline. Failure to provide a bio and photo upon meeting the deadline may affect the online voting results. Attendance of the advocate is NOT required.

Additional Rules

The advocate may use a stage name during the contest. This must be communicated beforehand to Kingston Pride. However, any lawful agreements must be clearly signed by the lawful name of the advocate such as, but not limited to, the contract identified in the Advocate Agreement.

If an accommodation is required for the advocate to participate in the contest, this accommodation must be communicated beforehand to Kingston Pride Inc. at least 2 weeks in advance of the contest. Failing to provide accommodation needs could mean a barrier in advocate participation of the contest events which may ultimately disqualifying the advocate. Please clearly community accommodation needs beforehand. admin@kingstonpride.ca

Each advocate must be willing to have their photo or likeness taken during the contest and consents to their photo or likeness being used for promotional and, if applicable, media purposes (reporting on the contest).

The contest will be judged by respected members of the LGBTQ+ community as selected by Kingston Pride Inc. and if possible will include both members from Kingston and outside of Kingston. Organizers cannot serve as judges but, provided that they meet the eligibility criteria, are able to be advocates.

It is quite possible that some of the advocates will know some of the judges beforehand. In the interest of fairness, if any advocate and judge have or have had a relationship (amicable (friendship), romantic, sexual) it is the responsibility of both to report this fact immediately to organizers and judges. The other judges will determine if the relationship warrants the judge to abstain from judging the contestant. There would be no penalty to the advocate. The advocate would be simply judged by a smaller panel. Sexual contact/ kink play with judges during the contest is not permitted.

Advocate Agreement

The below agreement must be signed by the advocate to be eligible to compete in the Kingston Pride Ambassador contest. A printable or online form will be made available.

I (state full name) of (state city and province) freely agree to participate in the Kingston Pride Ambassador Contest. I attest that I am a person who resides in the contest geographic area (Kingston and the surroundings as set forth in the Eligibility section). I have read and fully understand the sections as set forth in the Eligibility, Contest Rules, Roles and Responsibilities, Rules Governing the Title, Term of Titleholder, and Removal. I agree to be bound by those rules and responsibilities as an advocate and should I win as a titleholder, I reaffirm the title remains the property of Kingston Pride Inc. and should I win but subsequently no longer meet the eligibility criteria and/or fail in the board’s opinion to adequately fulfill my duties I agree to return the title and prizes if so requested by the Kingston Pride Inc. board. I also reaffirm that I agree to photos or likeness being taken of me during the contest and consent they may be used for promotional purposes, including reporting in the media.

Term of Titleholder

The advocate will have use of and access to the title until completion of the next scheduled Kingston Pride Ambassador contest, after 1.5 years, or upon revocation (whichever is sooner).

Removal

In rare cases, the use of the title may have to be revoked by Kingston Pride Inc. If the appointed Kingston Pride Ambassador advocate is no longer eligible, does not adhere to the responsibilities, or does not adhere to the rules outlined within this document, the Kingston Pride Board may call a vote at a board meeting to revoke the use of the title by the advocate. A simple majority vote will be required of the board. Kingston Pride will inform the advocate of the decision to revoke the use of the title. Upon revocation, the advocate will cease to represent Kingston Pride in any further or future events. The board may also request the return of prizes, if any are given.