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National Monument Looking for LGBT2Q+ Submissions

LGBT2Q+ national monument remembering the historic discrimination against LGBTQ2+ people in Canada is looking for LGBTQ2+ submissions.

Teams of professional artists, landscape architects, architects and other urban design professionals are invited to submit their credentials and examples of work for consideration as part of the Request for Qualifications for the LGBTQ2+ National Monument. The deadline is January 5, 2021. The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, and the LGBT Purge Fund—the project proponent—issued the request in cooperation with the National Capital Commission.

News provided by Canadian Heritage

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Kelowna Pride a Finalist for Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award

Kelowna Pride Society a finalist in two categories of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards.

Kelowna Pride Society is a finalist in two categories for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce 2020 Business Excellence Awards!

They’re up for:
Inclusive Workplace Award
Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award

Winners will be announced in November.

Learn more by following the link to BC Local News


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New Canadian Study Examines the Effects of COVID On the LGBT2Q+ Community

The study is attempting to determine if members of the LGBT2Q+ community are at greater risk of developing COVID-19 or other chronic diseases.

Through community health monitoring, the studies will be carried out by the Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC), which is based out of Vancouver. Research into the effects of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ2+ community will begin in November, while research on chronic disease in the community will follow in 2021.

Researchers say members of the LGBTQ2+ community can face different levels of discrimination and stigma that manifests into poor mental health, which can in turn lead to differential outcomes in terms of chronic health.

Todd HarmerCTV News Vancouver Island

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Coming Up on Unicorns.LIVE

Events include QUSIC, A Sip With Sparkle, and QueeReads!

Sunday, October 18 – QueeReads – Spooky Lesbian Short Stories, 7 pm – 7:45 pm, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge and Author Leigh Jarrett, read by Jill Karpick ~ Kelowna and Online

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Monday, October 19 – A Sip With Sparkle – Halloween Hair-Raiser, 7 pm – 7:45 pm, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge and Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery ~ Kelowna and Online

Welp, the most wonderful time of the year is upon us: Gay Christmas (also known as Halloween)! Your sensationally spooky hostess, Sparkle, and the eerily evil Ella Lamoreaux, are set to make this the tastiest and spooktacular Halloween ever!

On this episode of A Sip With Sparkle, your favourite tarnished twosome will create a devilishly delicious black vodka potion called “Witches Brew”, while later terrorizing your taste buds in the most sinful way with a “Pumpkin Pie Whiskey Sour”. Miss this very special Halloween episode of A Sip With Sparkle at your own peril…(muaha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha)…coming up on Monday, October 19, 2020 live at 7:00 pm PST only on Unicorns.LIVE!

Want to see the tragedy unfold live? You can join the audience for A Sip With Sparkle by reserving your table (in groups of 4-6, within your social bubble) by calling Friends of Dorothy Lounge at 236.420.4565 or by emailing info@fodlounge.com. Friends of Dorothy Lounge continues to provide a safe, healthy environment for both staff and patrons.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Wednesday, October 28 – QUSIC, 7 pm – 8:30 pm, featuring Damase Elis, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge and Creative BC.

Damase Elis (she/her) is a Calgary born singer-songwriter with roots in Batoche, Saskatchewan; roots that make her proudly Métis. Damase formerly performed under the alias ‘Riel’ but has since returned to performing by her given name. Her music is a culmination of both ancestral and contemporary sounds, inspired by literature, folk tunes, and a unique lineage. Damase most recently performed in the Central Okanagan during the Kelowna Pride Festival on September 26, 2020.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Wednesday, November 18 – QUSIC – 7 pm – 8:30 pm, featuring Bex, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge and Creative BC

Bex (she/her) is a Kelowna singer-songwriter who grew up performing throughout the Okanagan. Starting at the age of five years old, she thrived at musical theatre and classical voice training. Bex’ sound embodies an intuitive balance of effortless, breezy dream folk with ballad-like moments of soul stirring vibrato; a juxtaposition sparked by a space of vulnerability and groundedness. Through her live performance she strives to capture her most authentic and uninhibited side, drawing audiences in with weaves of storytelling.

Since 2014 she has been most recognized for her musical collaborations with OK Sister (post-modern feminist pop/rock), and most recently with, Josh + Bex (dreamy alt-folk). As a solo musician, Bex is currently performing her most recent work—a solo Indie folk EP Collisions with Jupiter, set to hit the studio next year. Earlier this year, she released a piano series of recovery songs, Set Fire and All That There Is. Her newly recorded single, Call it Broke, is set to be released on all streaming platforms in April of 2021.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE

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QUSIC – Hayden McHugh


Hayden McHugh is playing at Friends of Dorothy Lounge tonight, Wednesday, October 14, from 7 pm – 9 pm.

With joyful tones and happy beats, Hayden McHugh (he/him/his) looks to make you dance and smile with his brand of feel-good dance-pop. He is a producer, songwriter, and vocalist from Calgary, Canada, who is ‘a vibrant, exciting, and collected individual, poised to make his presence felt in the ever-evolving Calgary arts community’.

Hayden has been performing professionally for 5 years, putting on and performing at various events for his program MusicGivesYYC. He has performed with Cirque de la Nuit at venues like the Palace Theater and Pride Calgary, opening for artists such as Scenic Route to Alaska at the Gateway, and being nominated for Male Artist of the Year by the YYC Music Awards in 2018. His most recent single, TAKE YOU, not only received over 13,000 streams on Spotify, but also opened up opportunities with Beakerhead, Calgary Pride and collaborations with artists from around the world.

This show can be watched live or by live stream. To reserve a table, please visit the Facebook Event Page and click the link that says ‘Find Tickets’.

Or watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE. – https://watch.unicorns.live/programs/live-qusic-hayden

QUSIC is a new LGBT2Q+ Artist Music Series, produced by Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc., in which all presenting artists must identify under the LGBT2Q+ spectrum. This innovative series celebrates the LGBTQ2+ community, which includes individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit as well as a range of other gender and sexual identities. QUSIC will feature solo performers, duos or group acts, provided that the headlining artist identifies as LGBT2Q+.

QUSIC supports the growth and development of the Canadian music industry, highlighting artists who identify as LGBT2Q+. The music series invests in Canadian talent and will help to grow awareness of LGBT2Q+ musical artists, and helping to put money in their pockets so that they may continue to create this essential art form.