An Evening in Damascus: A Fundraiser for Queer Syrian Refugees

By Casey Stepaniuk

If you’re looking for an event in this busy Pride month of June that is both meaningful and entertaining, look no further than An Evening in Damascus. It’s your chance to support queer Syrian refugees coming to Vancouver as well as experience an unforgettable night of delicious authentic Syrian food, Middle Eastern belly dancing, and storytelling by queer former Syrian refugees.

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An Evening in Damascus: A Fundraiser for Queer Syrian Refugees

Behind the Scenes of Pride 2017 with the Vancouver Pride Society

By Angus Praught

Pride is less than two months away, and the Vancouver Pride Society is getting set to welcome locals and visitors alike to celebrate!

Leading up to the first weekend of August 2017, Vancouver will be aglow with Pride as hotels fill up, party ticket sales are in overdrive, smart coiffures de rigueur and fabulous outfits galore parade the catwalk on Davie Street. When Pride season hits Vancouver and the glitziest party lineup of the year is about to kick off, you can feel the energy take over the city.

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Behind the Scenes of Pride 2017 with the Vancouver Pride Society

Don’t Miss the Last Installment of Reverb, a Queer Reading Series in Vancouver

By Casey Stepaniuk

This is a bittersweet post for me to write, as it’s about the last installment of one of my absolute favourite Vancouver events. Reverb is a queer reading series that has been running for 4 ½ years and this spring’s event is their final one! Hosted and curated by two local queer writers Leah Horlick and Esther McPhee, Reverb is obviously a labour of love. In its own words, Reverb is “an anti-oppressive, reading series for queer writers on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh land in Vancouver.” Over the years Reverb has featured a plethora of amazing local and visiting writers, some emerging and others well-established, such as Listen Chen, Amber Dawn, Daniel Heath Justice, RJ Edwards, Hasan Namir, Cecily Nicholson, Vivek Shraya, Jen Sung, Hiromi Goto, Pragya Esh, Lucas Crawford, Antonette Rea, Christina Cooke, Larissa Lai, and SO MANY MORE.

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Don’t Miss the Last Installment of Reverb, a Queer Reading Series in Vancouver

Get Your Book Signed by Very Funny Author David Sedaris in Vancouver, June 20th

David Sedaris | Image via davidsedarisbooks.com

By Casey Stepaniuk

Vancouver fans of New York Times bestselling author, radio contributor, and very funny person David Sedaris are in luck! The man himself is going to be in Vancouver doing a free (!) talk and book signing this June 20th at the Indigo / Chapters bookstore at Granville and Broadway. The occasion is the release of his 11th book, Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002. This latest book is a little bit different because, for the first time, excerpts from the diaries that are the source of his remarkable essays are available in raw form. The book is available May 30th, which is lots of time to read it and know exactly what he’s referencing in the talk.

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Get Your Book Signed by Very Funny Author David Sedaris in Vancouver, June 20th

A Drag Reunion with a Romy and Michele at Vancouver’s Screen Queen Sequel

By Kendell Yan

Join B-Roll cofounder Dee Blew and Sleepy Girl Amy Grindhouse for the Vancouver Arts and Leisure Scene Queen sequel, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion! This 1997 cult classic stars Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino as two dim-witted friends who concoct elaborate lies about their lives and head to their ten-year high school reunion to impress their classmates.

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A Drag Reunion with a Romy and Michele at Vancouver’s Screen Queen Sequel

Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium: A Queer Vancouver Literary Legend

Little Sister’s Founders Bruce Smyth (left) and Jim Deva (right) with Janine Fuller, former long-time store manager / Image via dailyxtra.com

By Casey Stepaniuk

When you walk down Davie St in the heart of Vancouver’s gay village and see the familiar hot pink electric sign for Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium—often known just as Little Sister’s—you might not realize you’re passing a lot more than an LGBTQ+ book and sex toy store. While Little Sister’s is certainly a great place to find queer books (print and digital), sex toys, rainbow pride gear, trans supplies like binders, and more, it is also a powerful queer institution with a revolutionary history.

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Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium: A Queer Vancouver Literary Legend

Interview: Vancouver’s Reigning 2017 Drag Superstar, Kendall Gender

Fly first class with this Vancouver Queen

By Kendell Yan

When Kendall Gender greets me at the towering glass doors of her Yaletown apartment she’s flanked by two members of her glamorous entourage, one of which is her drag sister and fellow Bratpack girl, Gia Metric. True to her brand, Kendall is both posh and humble in the company of her friends as we sit down in the apartment building common room to kiki about her recent win at Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar 2017.

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Interview: Vancouver’s Reigning 2017 Drag Superstar, Kendall Gender