Add Dagger Editions to Your Isolation Reading List

By Rachel Rosenberg

Halfmoon Bay is a small community near Vancouver on the Sunshine Coast, with beautiful coastline views and a thriving artistic centre. This idyllic locale is home of Caitlin Press and its Dagger Editions imprint, dedicated to queer women voices, available for order online with delivery through local bookstores; Spartacus Books, Massey Books and Pulp Fiction.

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Add Dagger Editions to Your Isolation Reading List

Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar Winner 2020

By Kendell Yan

The audience roars, then falls into a silent anticipation, a collective breath to take in her glory. She stands proudly under a spotlight, a long crimson cape flutters behind her, the sound of a sword slices through the air. “My name is Kara Juku,” she says, “and I will bring honour to us all.”

[Editor’s COVID-19 note: Missing the nightlife already? See the bottom of this post for a list of virtual and streaming drag shows coming up from Vancouver.]

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Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar Winner 2020

Drag Monarch, Alma B*tches, Reflects on a Year of Charity

Photo credit: Fernando Cysneiros @thedragseries

By Kendell Yan

If you’ve been to a few drag shows in Vancouver over the past five years there is a fairly significant chance that one of them was hosted, MC’d, and/or performed by Alma Bitches, her most imperial sovereign majesty, Emprex 48 of the Dogwood Monarchist Society.

Charity and community work have always been a focal point for Alma, having started their career in drag as a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a worldwide charity organization, almost 10 years ago. It was a natural progression for them to apply for election to the title of Emprex. Continue reading:
Drag Monarch, Alma B*tches, Reflects on a Year of Charity

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

Image provided by BOLDfest

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