BOLDfest in its 15th Year of Lesbian Meetups, Talks and Music

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By Rachel Rosenberg

Taking place in Vancouver’s scenic Coal Harbour neighbourhood, BOLDfest is an annual conference heading into its 15th year. Held at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, located at 1180 W. Hastings St, this meetup introduces (or reunites) lesbians from Canada and the US.

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BOLDfest in its 15th Year of Lesbian Meetups, Talks and Music

Central Studios: Vancouver’s Newest Queer-centric Party Venue

By Rachel Rosenberg

August 29th marked the launch of Vancouver’s newest arts and culture venue, Central Studios. Located in the downtown core at 856 Seymour Street, this queer owned and operated business is both a production space and performance venue. The multi-level building includes a 3000sq ft. cabaret, a photography studio, a gallery and spaces for office use and art production. Central Studios wants to hear from queer artists and creators, so find them on Instagram or Facebook.

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Central Studios: Vancouver’s Newest Queer-centric Party Venue

LGBTQ2IA+ Representation at the Vancouver International Film Festival

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Girl meets boy; boy meets girl; girl rejects boy; girl finds herself thriving without a man and then falls for one anyway; boy becomes successful in life and gains the trust of girl; star-crossed man and woman beat all odds to be together… We can all think of at least ten films immediately for each of these plotlines. They’re popular because they’re real, so many of us see ourselves in these moments. But many of us can also see ourselves in these moments when the genders aren’t strictly binary, and when the relationships are same-sex.

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LGBTQ2IA+ Representation at the Vancouver International Film Festival

Where to Donate to LGBTQ2+ Groups in Vancouver

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By Angus Praught

Recuperating from the Vancouver Pride Festival and feeling generous? Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ community has a diverse range of groups, foundations, not-for-profits and charitable organizations devoted to education, fundraising and providing services for needs specific to our community. Many were created and evolved out of necessity, to address issues and provide services for people and situations that were not being addressed, or fully funded publicly.

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Where to Donate to LGBTQ2+ Groups in Vancouver

All New at Vancouver Pride: The Queer Improv Festival

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By Rachel Rosenberg

Brand new this Pride Season is The Queer Improv Festival, which is running from July 10th to August 7th. All the shows are being held at The Junction (1138 Davie Street), and have been curated by Michael Sousa, a 4-year-strong-member and the current Artistic Director of the QueerProv troupe. We spoke to Michael about QueerProv and this new festival.

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All New at Vancouver Pride: The Queer Improv Festival

Thorgy Thor and the Vancouver Symphony Team Up

By Rachel Rosenberg

Drag is finally getting its long-deserved moment in the mainstream spotlight. A incredibly creative art form, many queens have to be skilled in fashion, makeup artistry, lipsyncing, comedy and branding. The reality television series RuPaul’s Drag Race has introduced 140 queens to audiences over 11 seasons, and as the show has grown in popularity, there has been a wider variety of queens playing with the traditional camp vs. pageant drag queen form. Thorgy Thor is a brilliant example of this mix; a classically trained musician who spoke yearningly about performing in drag with an orchestra (“thorchestra”) during her time on the show.

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Thorgy Thor and the Vancouver Symphony Team Up

4 Events You Don’t Want to Miss at the Queer Arts Festival

Image from The Queen In Me performance by Teiya Kasahara

It’s the 50th anniversary of Stonewall this year, and you bet we’ll be celebrating the strides the LGBTQ2IA communities have made with events across Vancouver all season. Beyond the celebrations, Pride is also very much about advocating for love and acceptance where, as a society, we can do better.

The Queer Arts Festival is one such cross-section of celebration and advocacy. It’s your chance to be a part of an arts festival that pushes boundaries, asks questions, and supports a loud and powerful community of artists.

Here are 4 events during the Queer Arts Festival you’ll want to check out:

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4 Events You Don’t Want to Miss at the Queer Arts Festival