Boy Erased tells the courageous true story of Garrard Conley, who after coming out to his parents was pressured into attending a conversion therapy program. The screening is taking place on Monday, November 5th, 7:00 pm at the Cineplex International Village, 88 W Pender St. Starring Nicole Kidman, Troye Sivan, Russell Crowe and more.
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Are you getting tired of going to the same bar every week? A great way to enjoy a beer with friends is trying out one of the many breweries in Vancouver.
They vary in size and offerings but you’ll find anything from a quaint place to enjoy a beer tasting to a full restaurant where you can have a bite to eat along with your drinks. Here are 10 different breweries you can enjoy, check it out!
For an intimate, exclusive experience you need to check out Brassneck. The tasting room only serves 50 people and it’s all first come first serve so it can be difficult to get in depending on the time of day you visit.The beers on tap are always changing as they’re frequently experimenting with different styles. They also suggest not bringing large groups as it’s a pretty small space and they don’t want to have to turn you away.
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Canadian music duo, Tegan and Sara, have announced the launch of their own foundation to support LGBTQ rights.
The Tegan and Sara Foundation will fight for economic justice, health and representation for LGBTQ girls and women. Calgary-born sisters Tegan and Sara speak publicly about their sexuality and are both openly gay. The foundation was born out of their struggles with homophobia and sexism in the music industry. It’s also in response to the support they have received from accepting fans and stories they have heard from the LGBTQ community.
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This winter 2017, Vancouver will see an onslaught of a few world-renowned fashion and clothing stores that will call Vancouver home. This is good news and bad news, but it’s mostly really, really, good news.
These new additions to the Vancouver fashion scene are only bad news if you already love these stores and the clothes are the secret weapons of your stylish mystique.
Come winter 2017, the days of having exclusive statement pieces from faraway retailers will be gone, because they’ll be here. So, the jig is up. Now everyone will have access to beautiful clothes that the international market already loves the world over. And, come springtime, everyone in Vancouver is going to be looking much more fashionable thanks to ready to ware fashion institutions like COS, MUJI and Uniqlo.
The London based and universally loved COS or “Collective of Style” will finally open its doors this winter in Vancouver’s historic Gastown. And in light of this year’s brutally cold winter, the timing couldn’t be better. The fashion house is like an upscale H&M as they’re owned by the same company, but what sets COS apart is that COS is higher quality and more high fashion minded.
The store will feature COS’s full collection of menswear and womenswear, plus their beautifully designed shoes, bags, jewelry – everything. And of course, all items will feature their signature sleek European lines on ready to wear pieces. COS has been the “go to” retailer across Europe and some parts of North America for those statement staple pieces that look like a million bucks but don’t cost it.
We can all agree that Europeans have a certain je nais sais quoi, so it’s no surprise that COS is a well loved European staple for the brand’s trademark modern, clean lines and neutral palette. However as of right now, there are only a three stores in Canada, which makes Vancouver’s Gastown location the fourth. Sartorialists will rejoice, but exactly when is TBD. But with COS’s abundance of high quality fashion forward styles at a fair price point, it’s not opening soon enough.
The award winning DramaNatrix Productions is proud to present the Raw Canadian Premiere of “Bad Girls The Musical". Based on the hit prison drama series from the UK, “Bad Girls The Musical” is well balanced with comedy, riots and a love story. Our team is composed of a wide range of artist who are actively working in your community.
Set in the fictional HMP Larkhall Women's Prison, Bad Girls is the story of new wing Governer, Helen Stewart along with 12 inmates and their battle against the entrenched old guard system while also following a love story that develops between two women., Helen the Governer and inmate Nikki Wade.
Suitable for ages 18+ Sexual adult content.
In a theatre premiere in Vancouver, The IT Girl, is a highly entertaining and well choreographed musical from DramaNatrix Productions, a female partnership focused on engaging young urban audiences with fresh modern musical theatre while also emphasizing on creating more roles and opportunities for women in the industry.
The IT Girl is a story of Betty Lou Spence (played by Katie Purych), a lowly department store clerk from Brooklyn who falls in love with her charming and proper boss Jonathan Waltham (played by Jared Arthur). In an act of desperation for the failing company, Waltham (inadvertently) makes a bold move and establishes a contest to find the perfect woman - a woman with the mesmerizing, elusive, and thrilling quality known as "it". Through a series of mishaps, songs, and dance, Betty enters the contest in hopes of capturing the heart of her new employer.
The cast and crew of the musical did a great job in capturing the spirit of the 1920s department store, with a great and interesting set for such a small space. The music and lighting were also great as they helped set the atmosphere without being over-the-top or distracting. One of the most impressive parts of the production was the choreography; every actor on stage was in sync without a misstep, even in the more complex scenes. If you've looking for a fun, innovative, and quirky production, The IT Girl has everything you need.
The IT Girl is on until October 17th, 2015 at Studio 1398 on Granville Island. You can pick up tickets online or at the door.
Vancouver's Pride is in full swing this August, and it promises to be better than ever this year. There are more than a few must-see events (including the parade), and we have your full guide to everything that is Pride in Vancouver.
Vancouver Pride 2014 Events
Take back the streets for Pride Weekend in the heart of the Davie Village on Davie Street between Burrard and Jervis. With 2014, we have two community blocks centered on Bute Plaza with our all-ages stage and dance floor at the rainbow crosswalks, along with a variety of local artisans and carnival games hosted by LGBTQ community groups from around Vancouver.
DON’T HIDE YOUR PRIDE! UNCAGE YOUR RAGE! Calling trans, genderqueer, two-spirit people, and allies: lets take to the streets! On August 1st we come together for a political protest and a celebration of gender diversity!
Save the date! The 11th Vancouver Dyke March and Festival will be happening on Saturday, August 2nd. As usual, we will meet at McSpadden park around noon, march on Commercial Drive and take over Grandview Park for an afternoon of celebration with folks and family.
Celebrate Pride in one of Vancouver’s most beautiful waterfront parks! Browse through over one hundred exhibitors in our Pride Market, including local artisans, community supporters and non-profit organizations. This is a pedestrian event for the general public to come and enjoy the day, watch live performances on the main stage, sample great food at the food zone and dance to DJ’s in the 19+ beer garden area.
Join us for one of the most beautiful and diverse parades in the world. The Vancouver Pride Parade was granted civic status last year in 2013 and is one of the city’s flagship events!
Attracting crowds of more than 650,000, the Pride Parade is renowned on the international stage as one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ events in the world.
Still raring to go after the Pride Parade and Pride Festival? Hit the Lux Lounge that night and give Vancouver Pride 2014 the send-off it deserves. Featuring great DJs and spectacular Drag performances.
Here are our top gay news picks for this week - February 8th to 15th!
West End News
- #VanCupid Helps Spread Vancouver Valentine's Day Love: A group of anonymous V-Day enthusiasts have posted mailboxes filled with vintage Valentine's Day cards around Vancouver's West End. Passersby are encouraged to take one of the blank cards and give it to someone special. And then, of course, share the love on social media with the hashtag #VanCupid.
- West End clinic applies to become North America’s second legal supervised injection facility: If approved, the Dr. Peter Centre on Comox Street will have the federal government’s permission to offer services like those provided at Insite in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Gay Vancouver News
- Vancouver councillor returns from gay rights mission in Sochi: Tim Stevenson, who returned home Sunday, was also unable to meet International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, but did get an audience with Bach’s chief of staff and communications director.
- Vancouver Fountainhead Pub's 'To Russia With Love' Campaign Shows Support For LGBT Community: For the month of February, patrons can head to the Fountainhead Pub, which has been named an official Remote Pride House by Pride House International, and show their support by taking photos, writing notes, and, yes, drinking.
Gay World News
- State attorneys general are switching sides on gay marriage; 'The right side of history': Attorneys general in many U.S. states are increasingly taking an unusually supportive role in the movement to legalize gay marriage.
- US delegation member calls Olympic trip 'humbling': A member of the U.S. Olympic delegation sent to Sochi by President Barack Obama said Thursday she witnessed no backlash over the inclusion of homosexuals in the group as an apparent protest over anti-gay laws in Russia.
- Ellen Page comes out as gay in speech to counsellors for gay teens: The 26-year-old told a Las Vegas audience Friday, "I'm here today because I am gay." She was speaking to a conference of counsellors who work with teenagers who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual or queer.
These are our top gay news picks from February 1st to 8th:
Gay Vancouver News
- Vancouver councillor’s gay rights ideas well-received by IOC: Tim Stevenson wants sexual orientation in Olympic charter
- Video: Vancouver pub supports gay Russians: The Fountainhead Pub is running a campaign throughout the Olympics to support their Russian allies and let them know that it gets better.
- Canadian cities to fly gay pride flags in Olympic protest: Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, and St. John’s, among other cities, have decided to fly the iconic gay pride flag at for the duration of the Olympic Games in solidarity with Russia’s gay and lesbian communities.
Gay Canada News
- Mr. Gay Canada 2014: Coquitlam's Christepher Wee advocates diversity as social education: "Live your life as best you can as a humanitarian and your labels fall secondary," he says of his personal philosophy. "For me, I don't go through life helping someone…because I'm Chinese or I'm an LGBT member. I'm doing it because I'm a human being and that's what we should be doing."
- Bell Canada puts its weight behind gay rights with Olympic ad depicting couple kissing: Canadian Olympic Committee sponsor BCE Inc. appears to be dipping its toe ever so gingerly into controversial waters: the discussion around gay rights, and their suppression, in the Games’ host country.
- Rob Ford wants gay pride flag outside of city hall taken down: TORONTO – Mayor Rob Ford wants a rainbow flag raised outside of city hall in support of gay rights in Russia to be taken down and replaced by the Canadian flag.
LGBT and Gay World News
- Feds to expand legal benefits, services for same-sex marriages: In a major milestone for gay rights, the United States government plans to expand recognition of same-sex marriages in federal legal matters, including bankruptcies, prison visits and survivor benefits.
- Charity puts public sector employers top in gay-friendly ranking: Public organisations comprise half of the 2014 Stonewall top 20 diverse employers
Here are our gay / Vancouver news picks for this week - January 18th to 25th.
Gay Vancouver News
- Gay rights delegation hosts event: A send-off event for Vancouver’s Host City Pride House mission is being prepared for Monday night in the city’s West End as the group heads to Sochi, Russia for the Olympic games.
- Gay-straight alliances reduce suicide risk among all students: study: Both gay and straight students in Canadian schools are less likely to have suicidal tendencies when explicit anti-homophobia interventions such as school-based gay-straight alliances (GSAs) are in place, according to a University of B.C. study.
- Jenna Talackova launches ad for her ‘healthiest transformation’: The first transgender woman to compete for the Miss Universe title wore a revealing bikini made entirely out of vegetables in an ad that she unveiled at the Davie Village rainbow crosswalk.
- This week in (gay) Vancouver: a Canadian comic icon and a night of parties on Davie Street that will help actually do you (and others) some good.
West End / Davie Village News
- Community watchdog asks if City Hall withheld computer renderings to stifle debate on the West End: A community advocate has suggested that the City of Vancouver withheld 3-D models depicting a possible future for the West End in order to minimize public discussion.
- West End - Archivist ensures city’s queer history kept for posterity: Retired librarian, archivist and West End resident Ron Dutton says the city’s queer communities have many milestone anniversaries to celebrate now and in the near future, including the 35th anniversary of Pride this month.