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

5 Vancouver Pride Events you May Not Know About

By Rachel Rosenberg

As we edge closer to Vancouver’s Pride Parade on August 4th, events are beginning to finalize, calendars are full to bursting, and we should all be trying to get some sleep in the weeks before it all starts happening. I’ve done my best to pick through the events out there and find 5 you might not have come across before — even if some of them sell out in advance, mark them down for next year!

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5 Vancouver Pride Events you May Not Know About

Dance, Drag and Art Outside! It’s Vancouver’s Pride Premiere

By Rachel Rosenberg

This year’s Pride Premiere event, hosted by the Vancouver Pride Society, will be held at Šxʷƛənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (850 W Georgia Street, the North side of the Vancouver Art Gallery). Coming up on Friday, July 26th and running for seven hours from 5 PM onwards, there will be dancing, a beer garden, drag performances, food trucks, community resources and more.

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Dance, Drag and Art Outside! It’s Vancouver’s Pride Premiere

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

A Couple of Vancouver LGBTQ2+ Community Trailblazers Part 3: The Road to a Married Couple

By Angus Praught

Deputy Mayor Tim Stevenson and Very Reverend Dr. Gary Paterson are a high-profile Vancouver couple, and champions of LGBTQ2+ rights and freedoms. For decades, they have been at the forefront of life-changing legislature and religious reforms that have helped shape Vancouver into the diverse and inclusive city it is today.

In Part 3, the final part of this series, we will be speaking with Deputy Mayor Tim Stevenson and Very Reverend Dr. Gary Paterson as an openly gay married couple, how they first met (in the years before marriage equality in Canada), some of the challenges they faced, and how life has unfolded for them in the public eye over the years.

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A Couple of Vancouver LGBTQ2+ Community Trailblazers Part 3: The Road to a Married Couple

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

South Africa brings the fireworks, the Caribbean brings a carnival, teens bring Shakespeare, and Pride brings interactive art to Vancouver this weekend, along with a cat conference, a bunch of kink, some soccer and a bit of guided forest therapy.

 

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver Pride 2018 Offers Over 20 Official and Community Events in July/August

Vancouver Pride 2018

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Time to fly your rainbow flag high because Pride 2018 is kicking off on July 27 with a week (and a few extra days) of inclusive, celebratory events for LGBTQAI2S+ communities.

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Pride in Vancouver, which has historically offered the most diverse festivals and parade in the city. More than 20 community events will take place throughout the end of July and into August, culminating with the epic Pride Parade on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

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Vancouver Pride 2018 Offers Over 20 Official and Community Events in July/August