For different reasons, this year, Pride has become more important than ever. New colors have been waving around in Vancouver and people all over the world are starting to use the "Progress Pride flag", shifting focus and emphasis to what is important in our current community climate, staying in solidarity with those whose voices aren’t heard as loudly, and ensuring that everyone: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersexual, Asexual, *2 Spirited, *BIPOC, + can be their true and full selves.
For anyone who identifies with the LGBTQIA2S+ community, it is incredible to be in a place where the cultural, social and artistic scene thrives. Vancouver Pride is not just a celebration, it’s a whole festivity of diversity and a space where free spirited people feel right at home! Art venues, pop-up shows, parties, cruises, parades, cultural exchanges, and more events that make every summer unforgettable.
Vancouver’s West End, especially along Davie Street, is famous for its rainbow colors atmosphere anytime of the year, but it is especially in late July and early August when most of the happenings take place. This year Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) will be hosting a hybrid season of events that includes small, in-person COVID-safe events and online virtual offerings from mid-June to August.
*2 Spirited: Refers to a person who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit, and is used by some Indigenous people to describe their sexual, gender and/or spiritual identity.
*BIPOC: Is an acronym that stands for Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color.
Choose Your Pride with Vancouver Pride Society Events
VPS is working on hosting multiple locations around the city offering different experiences over 3 days of Pride week. This will include several outdoor “lounges” with bar service, pop up style sites with entertainment and a walk-through festival experience.
Enjoy Queer Talent at Vancouver Mural Festival´s Pop-up Patio
Vancouver Mural Festival's Pop-Up Patio is a safe, distanced opportunity to enjoy a night of open-air entertainment in Mount Pleasant! Experience three weeks of live music, drag, comedy, burlesque and more. This year VMF will be featuring more neighborhoods, more murals and more live events to safely connect and support communities. (19+ licensed venue).
Get Out your Comfort Zone with Climbing Mentorships for Non-Binary and Trans
Interested in Climbing? Van Queer Climbers offers events, programs, education, tips, discounts, opportunities and fun articles or topics related to climbing. Open to those who identify as trans, non-binary, genderless, agender and/or questioning; bodies of all abilities and sizes, at any level of climbing experience.
Prepare your Home Theater for Vancouver Queer Film Festival
The Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) is a vibrant space for queer arts, culture and community. It showcases dynamic and thought-provoking films from British Columbian filmmakers as well as other Canadian and international directors and storytellers. The 2021 VQFF will run from August 12 to 22 with a mostly digital offering of films, Q&As, workshops and panels.