Glenn Crawford



Living in National Capital Region for over 50 years, Glenn Crawford is proud to support his community as chair of the Swirl and Twirl committee since 2014. Being a self-described “late-bloomer”, he came out at age 28 and has been actively involved in the queer community ever since. His proudest accomplishment was acting as chair of the Village committee from 2006 to 2012—when, among other achievements, the “We Demand” commemorative mural was installed and Village street signs were successfully installed along Bank Street in downtown Ottawa, officially designating the area as Ottawa’s queer village. In direct consequence of his and the committee’s efforts, Glenn was elected as the 2010 Capital Pride grand marshal and awarded the 2007 Hero Award for Community Activist of the Year. Since then, he has been the researcher and developer of the Village Legacy Project [], which documents and shares Ottawa’s queer history with his community.

Involved with Swirl and Twirl since its inception, Glenn is grateful and thankful for the remarkable achievement, experience and mentoring of founding chair Mario Larochelle.



Swirl and Twirl is such a beloved and entertaining event that our community looks forward to each spring. It’s a pleasure to continue the legacy and tradition of Swirl and Twirl, which has raised approximately $85,000 for local queer charities in its last five years alone.