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

Stack The Rack and Sip Wine for Qmunity

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By Kendell Yan

Whether you’re a world class sommelier or a casual wine drinker who chooses bottles by the label (no judgements) I think we can all agree that wine pairs well with community engagement. On November 29th come out and taste some of the best wines in BC at Stack the Rack 2016: A Benefit for Qmunity.

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Stack The Rack and Sip Wine for Qmunity

Vancouver Men’s Chorus Rings in the Holidays for Family and for Charity

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Every family has its traditions, some old and traditional while others are new and unconventional, but each one is centred around the special feeling of being together. This December celebrate the holidays with the Vancouver Men’s Chorus in Making Spirits Bright 2016: Family!

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Vancouver Men’s Chorus Rings in the Holidays for Family and for Charity

Gender Non-Conformists’ November Show in Vancouver is Gonna Be Much More than “Pretty Good”

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By Casey Stepaniuk

This November, my absolute dream queer literary event—and possibly yours too—is coming to Vancouver. Local storyteller Ivan Coyote and Toronto-based artist Vivek Shraya are teaming up for a multi-disciplinary show called Pretty Good, combining their various talents as writers, poets, storytellers, and musicians. It’s a short-running show, visiting only Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, and Edmonton, as if it’s some sort of special gift for western Canada! Pretty Good will feature these two talented artists as “they revisit family origins, sing about scars and skeletons, and perform brand new material from their new books.” Another queer Vancouver author, Amber Dawn, will be joining Ivan and Vivek as a guest.

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Gender Non-Conformists’ November Show in Vancouver is Gonna Be Much More than “Pretty Good”

A Halloweekend in Vancouver’s Drag King/Queendom!

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By Kendell Yan

Vancouver’s drag Kings, Queens, and Things have got you covered this Halloweekend with a show each night sure to help you raise more spirits from the dead than an Ouija Board!

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A Halloweekend in Vancouver’s Drag King/Queendom!