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

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

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