Drag Queen Bingo at XYYVR – Every Wednesday!

By Casey Stepaniuk

Some people might say there’s not a lot happening in the middle of the week in queer nightlife in Vancouver, but that probably means they’ve never heard of Bingo for Life (better known as Drag Queen Bingo), a weekly bingo night hosted by drag queens in the Davie St gay village – every Wednesday!

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Drag Queen Bingo at XYYVR – Every Wednesday!

Vancouver’s Trans-centric Monthly Club Party: Coconutz and Bananas

By Kendell Yan

A safe and inclusive oasis of body positivity has popped up in Vancouver’s club scene in the form of the city’s very first trans-centric club party, Coconutz and Bananas!

Coconutz and Bananas (C&B) premiered at the Odyssey in August 2017, and is on monthly for nights full of gogo dancers, DJs, drag, and performers, delivering trans and non-binary curated entertainment by and for the city’s LGBTQ2+ community. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Trans-centric Monthly Club Party: Coconutz and Bananas

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

LGBTQ2-Inclusive Comics Coming to Vancouver Comic Arts Fest 2017

By Casey Stepaniuk

The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival—or Van CAF for short—is a really rad event. Last year when I was there I noticed that there was an especially great group of LGBTQ2 creators, who I just stumbled upon while wondering aimlessly. This year I decided to do some real research before going about which creators are LGBTQ2 and/or which ones are telling LGBTQ2 comics stories. Here’s the fruit of my labours!

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LGBTQ2-Inclusive Comics Coming to Vancouver Comic Arts Fest 2017

Visit the B.C. Gay and Lesbian Archives in Vancouver’s West End

Ron Dutton, sorting through a piece of the Archives | Image via Vancouver Courier, photo by Dan Toulgoet

By Casey Stepaniuk

If you’re not a LGBTQ+ library/archives nerd like me, you probably don’t even know that nestled in Vancouver’s West End is the B.C. Gay and Lesbian Archives, an incredible resource preserving the history of both Vancouver and the wider province’s LGBTQ+ populations. Late last year, I visited the Archives to do some research on the history of Vancouver’s LGBTQ+ Out on the Shelves Library (more on that in a future post!). I was astounded at the breadth and depth of material and at the dedication of the archivist Ron Dutton, who selflessly runs the archives out of his own apartment!

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Visit the B.C. Gay and Lesbian Archives in Vancouver’s West End

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