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!

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

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

Giant Floating Ring (and New Plaza) Coming to Vancouver’s Davie Street

Image sourced from Vancouver.ca

Image sourced from Vancouver.ca

Vancouver’s Davie Village in the West End is about to get a little more vibrant.

A new plaza, complete with patio-style seating and a space-age floating sculpture, is set to grace the neighbourhood, considered the heart of the city’s LGBTQ community.

City planners have released detailed drawings for the new plaza, to be located not far from Davie Street’s distinctive rainbow-coloured crosswalks. Plans call for a one-block section of Bute Street just south of Davie to be closed to traffic and transformed into a pedestrian-friendly plaza.

Meanwhile, a special floating sculpture is to be installed at the intersection of Davie and Bute Streets. After initially considering a giant disco ball, planners ultimately opted to go with a space-age, shimmering metallic ring inscribed with the name Davie Village, which will be suspended by wires above the intersection.  Continue reading:
Giant Floating Ring (and New Plaza) Coming to Vancouver’s Davie Street

Pride Week Round-up

Courtesy of Sean Hagen via Flickr

Courtesy of Sean Hagen via Flickr

It’s that time of year where Vancouverites and visitors alike are encouraged to let their flags fly, whether it’s freak flag, rainbow flag or a Canadian flag. All flags, and people, are welcomed at the fast-approaching Pride Week, which starts on July 26th and runs until August 3rd. We’ve got a round-up of events so you’re on top of what to expect during the most colourful week in Vancouver. Continue reading:
Pride Week Round-up

You Better Work – a mini-guide to Vancouver Pride 2013

Vancouver recently painted the crosswalks at Davie/Bute Streets to display the city's diversity & pride. Photo Credit: Miranda Post

Rainbow painted crosswalks Davie/Bute Streets  Photo Credit: Miranda Post

Vancouver’s most colorful weekend is just around the corner. This year festivities for the 35th annual Vancouver Pride celebrations started on July 25 and last until August 5.

The annual weekend is full of street parties, performances, tournaments and dances for all generations and, of course, the milestone event: Vancouver’s pride parade.

This year’s Pride festival is expected to attract 800,000 visitors to our newly rainbow cross walk-bedecked city, according to a recent article in Business in Vancouver.

Here are few of my not-to-miss picks and a couple places you can find even more pride event listings.
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You Better Work – a mini-guide to Vancouver Pride 2013