Man Up’s Monthly Gender Blending Featured in the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival

By Kendell Yan

Pride week may be over, but the tireless efforts of Vancouver’s bold and beautiful LGBTQ2+ creatives continue as the 29th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) kicks off August 10-20th! This year, the festival will screen Stay Gold, Man Up, a hyperlocal documentary by Vancouver filmmaker Ray McEachern that focuses on the gender performance spectacle, Man Up at The Cobalt.

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Man Up’s Monthly Gender Blending Featured in the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Get Ready for the 2nd Annual Alternative Pride Festival in Vancouver

By Kendell Yan

Vancouver Art and Leisure (VAL) may have had to leave their warehouse site on Main street this past June, but the closure hasn’t stopped Matt Troy and the rest of the team from breaking ground by curating the second annual Alternative Pride Festival!

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Get Ready for the 2nd Annual Alternative Pride Festival in Vancouver

What to Do with the Whole Family at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2017

Queer Film Festival Chosen Family Picnic | Image via queerfilmfestival.ca

By Casey Stepaniuk

You might not think of a film festival immediately when you’re brainstorming family and kid-friendly activities in Vancouver this summer, but I’m here to tell you not to discount Out On Screen’s Vancouver Queer Film Festival. The Festival runs for ten days in August—August 10th until August 20th—and has a plethora of activities including but not limited to movies the whole family and people of all ages can enjoy.

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What to Do with the Whole Family at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2017

Vancouver’s Monarchs: Emperor and Empress of the 46th Reign

Image courtesy of GayVan.com

By Angus Praught

The Dogwood Monarchist Society, Imperial Sovereign Court of the Dogwood Empire, The Mother Court of Canada, is responsible for the annual election of the Emperor and Empress of Vancouver, and for producing the most glamourous night on Vancouver’s drag calendar, the spectacular Coronation Ball.

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Vancouver’s Monarchs: Emperor and Empress of the 46th Reign

The Vancouver Dyke March: A Balance of Celebration and Protest, Aug. 5, 2017

By Casey Stepaniuk

The Dyke March has always been my favourite Vancouver Pride weekend event. Held on the Saturday of Pride weekend every year, the day before the parade put on by the Vancouver Pride Society in the West End, the Dyke March (and Festival) is a beautiful blend of celebration and protest held in East Van on Commercial Drive. The idea behind the event, in the words of the organizers, is to create a march and festival that:

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The Vancouver Dyke March: A Balance of Celebration and Protest, Aug. 5, 2017

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