Vancouver’s Drag Superstars Compete for the 2017 Crown on Feb. 16

By Kendell Yan

It’s coming down to the under-wire and kitty gurrrrrl, Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar just stepped the competition up!  Everything started on January 19th and with the semi-finals this Thursday, February 9th we’re down to the final eight, henny on the way to the grand finale on Thursday February 16th.

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Vancouver’s Drag Superstars Compete for the 2017 Crown on Feb. 16

The Sleepy Girls Show Drags Up Slumber Party Nostalgia in Vancouver

By Kendell Yan

Do you ever get that feeling like you want to go out and watch some queens turn it but you also never want to leave your bedroom ever again? Well your problem is no more, thanks to Dust and Amy Grindhouse’s new monthly, the Sleepy Girls show!

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The Sleepy Girls Show Drags Up Slumber Party Nostalgia in Vancouver

Small, Independent Arsenal Pulp Press Publishes the Big Voices of Communities

A snapshot of some of the Arsenal Pulp Press books I own / Photo by Casey Stepaniuk

By Casey Stepaniuk

Chances are, if you’ve read a great queer book recently—especially one by a Canadian author—it was published by Vancouver’s own Arsenal Pulp Press. Some fiction and poetry writers you might be familiar with that Arsenal Pulp Press has published include Ivan Coyote, Sarah Schulman, Vivek Shraya, Ashley Little, Amber Dawn, and more! You might also have come across one of their great cookbooks, like Decolonize Your Diet (about vegetarian Mexican-American food) and multiple vegan cookbooks including ones by Dreena Burton and Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer.

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Small, Independent Arsenal Pulp Press Publishes the Big Voices of Communities

25th Annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival Kicks Off January 22

By Kendell Yan

Shake off the winter blues as the bears (and others) come out of hibernation at the 25th annual Whistler Pride celebration! Whether you’re a dancing queen, a ski bunny, or a fire-side cub, there’s something for everyone under the LGBTQ2+ spectrum, including all-ages fun.

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25th Annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival Kicks Off January 22

Help Make Hallways Bright with Out In Schools this Season

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By Kendell Yan

To see one’s self in the story of another is an empowering experience that helps to bridge the gaps in representation, creating empathy and understanding. This is the power of narrative, of shared experience, and it is this type of visibility and LGBTQ2+ educational dialogue that the fine folks at Out in Schools have been bringing to youth and educators across BC for the past twelve years.

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Help Make Hallways Bright with Out In Schools this Season

Books by Queer Vancouver Authors for Everyone on Your Holiday Shopping List

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By Casey Stepaniuk

Some people might insist LGBTQ+ books are only for LGBTQ+ readers, to which I would reply, no way! It’s not that I don’t love LGBTQ+ books that are written with LGBTQ+ readers in mind, but that certainly doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy them. With that in mind, here are some solid holiday book gift options for the people on your list, LGBTQ+ or not.

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Books by Queer Vancouver Authors for Everyone on Your Holiday Shopping List

Support Local Craftswomen / Artisans and Holiday Shop at the Women’s Winter Faire

Image via SoundsandFuries.com

Image via SoundsandFuries.com

By Casey Stepaniuk

If you’re looking for a fun time in a wonderful atmosphere and a great place to find unique, hand-crafted holiday gifts, Vancouver’s Women’s Winter Faire is definitely where you should find yourself the weekend before Christmas next month. But Fairegoers might not realize they’re also participating in a longstanding tradition of feminist and LGBTQ+ organizing and activism in Vancouver. I got the scoop on this tradition from Pat Hogan, organizer of the Women’s Winter Faire and co-founder of Sounds and Furies, the production company that oversees the Faire and many other rad events.

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Support Local Craftswomen / Artisans and Holiday Shop at the Women’s Winter Faire