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New Queer Book Club in Town


Come join us at Rainbow Reads – The Okanagan’s (Probably) First Queer Book Club

After a few drinks at the wonderful Friends of Dorothy Lounge in downtown Kelowna, talking about our mutual love of books, we wondered: why not create a queer book club? So, we did.

Brought to you by Donna (she/her) and Claire (they/them), Rainbow Reads Okanagan is a fun and inclusive book club to read and discuss queer books written by queer authors.

Don’t have time to finish the book? Don’t worry! Everyone is welcome! 

Each month, members can vote on Facebook from a shortlist of suggestions for which book they would like to read. We’re an official book club at Mosaic Books, which means participants get a 15% discount on their book purchase from their store by mentioning the name of the book club.

This way we can support local business as we continue to head out of lockdown…

We will also offer options for members to purchase or borrow ebooks or audiobooks copies as well.

We have chosen our first book: Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir, by Kai Cheng Thom. Kai Cheng is a writer, performer, cultural worker, and speaker from Toronto, who sounds like an all-around-incredible thinker and writer.

The plan is to meet once per month – virtually at first until COVID-related restrictions are lifted, and small groups can gather again without physical distancing. We expect (and fully hope) that over time we can meet in queer-friendly, accessible places in Kelowna to chat over drinks and snacks.

This book club aims to create a fun space to read and enjoy queer books and hopefully make new friends. Our first meeting will be on Zoom on Tuesday June 23, at 7 pm.

We are lovely people, so don’t be afraid to come and say hello! You can join us, and stay up to date with Rainbow Reads by:

Joining our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/rainbowreadsok

Dropping us an email: rainbowreadsok@gmail.com

Pride at Work Webinar


National Webinar: From Criminality to Celebration: The History of LGBTQ2+ people and employment in Canada

This session, led by Pride at Work Canada Manager of Programs Jade Pichette, will bring learners through a history of LGBTQ2+ people and employment in Canada. From the “pansy colonies” of 1930s Toronto, to purges of suspected homosexuals by the federal government, to the fight of gay liberation, to legal protections and contemporary workplace celebrations, LGBTQ2+ people have had a long road to find workplaces that are affirming. However, there is a lot more work to do. This webinar will reveal how we can learn from our past to build a brighter future.

April 1 from 12pm to 1pm EDT

Register here: https://prideatwork.ca/event/national-webinar-from-criminality-to-celebration-the-history-of-lgbtq2-people-and-employment-in-canada/

The Art of Socializing During a Quarantine


“Being cooped up at home will likely prompt feelings of loneliness no matter what, but these strategies might help make the experience less stifling.”

“Thankfully, those who stay in have at their disposal a suite of communication technologies that people who lived through previous pandemics couldn’t have fathomed. “

Continue reading on The Atlantic “The Art of Socializing During a Quarantine”

SOS Pride – March 2020 Newsletter

Here’s what’s happening in March

in the South Okanagan

Thank you to everyone who attended our February social at Cue’s! It was a blast and we had lots of new faces and even new friends from Kelowna.LGBT come and participate!

We are also so thrilled at the community turnout to the Out in Schools event at Cleland Theatre on March 5 – over 100 community members and youth were in attendance!  The presentation was also at all of the middle schools and high schools this week within School District 67.  Representation and having LGBTQ2+ stories told is so vital to moving progress forward for the next generation.  Thank you to Melisa Edgerly for leading this community initiative!

Our apologies for getting our March newsletter out a bit late this month…this week is jam-packed with events all week long, check them out!

PRIDE PAGES BOOK CLUB: Tuesday March 10, 2020, 6-30pm-8pm @ Penticton Library

Penticton Public Library welcomes you to a new book club which is being hosted in partnership with SOS Pride Society! 

The program is FREE; registration is required. In March they will be watching the Harvey Milk film as a follow up to the book.

This book club requires sign up, please contact Stephanie (Adult Services Librarian) at: 250-770-7786 or stephaniejames@summer.com if you are interested in attending. 


SOS Pride Social

WEDNESDAY MARCH 11, 2020 – 6pm-9pm @ Brexit Pub in Penticton


COMMUNITY EDUCATION EVENT
MARCH 26 9am-2pm @ DAYS INN CONFERENCE CENTRE in PENTICTON

ENTERTAINMENT & FUNDRAISER ON MARCH 27, 2020

Looking for an unforgettable night out to celebrate a great cause?

The 2nd Annual ‘In the Name of Love night of entertainment is happening on March 27, 2020!

2nd Annual Variety Cabaret Showcase, featuring the highest class in performance talent throughout the Okanagan. Proceeds towards In the Name of Love Fund, providing adequate mental health services to the LGBTQ2+ community.

From 1920-2020; Grab your most glamorous and outrageous vintage outfits and journey through 100 years of fabulous and forbidden LGBTQ2+ history at our Speakeasy.

FEARLESS commemorates the path of unbreakable, resilient and FEARLESS folks who changed the course of history simply by existing in resistance. In the last 100 years, we have seen everything from the legalization of gay activities, to the rise of the LGBTQ2+ flags on Parliament. Imagine what we will see in the next 100 years with the same FEARLESS spirit.

Guests will be given the secret location & password upon ticket purchase. Guests will be entertained throughout the night by the most sought out entertainers in the Okanagan. If the lavish decor and intoxicating performances aren’t enough, you’ll have the opportunity to view some of the best visual arts at our onsite exhibit and silent auction.

Best Costume Prize | Silent Art Auction & Exhibit | Cocktails & Mocktails | Appies | Highly Sought Out Performing Artists | The Most Unforgettable Night of Your Life–

Click on the link here for tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/in-the-name-of-love-fearless-tickets-92237493827?fbclid=IwAR04WfkZvuH2UBfqPUG0UJHdnSodeVJ5ghJEMUAJBBokdHb6P_x6eYsJCto

APRIL PRIDE PAGES BOOKCLUB

Tuesday April 14, 6:30-8:00pm @ Penticton Public Library

Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

This book club requires sign up, please contact Stephanie  (Adult Services Librarian) at: 250-770-7786 or stephaniejames@summer.com if you are interested in attending! 

Keep checking our Facebook page and website for April & May social events and our big JUNE PRIDE MONTH CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES ANNOUNCEMENT!

Thank you for reading and see you OUT in the community! 

SOS Pride – February 2020 Newsletter

Here’s what’s happening in February

in the South Okanagan

PRIDE PAGES BOOK CLUB: Tuesday February 11, 2020, 6-30pm-8pm @ Penticton Library


Penticton Public Library welcomes you to a new book club which is being hosted in partnership with SOS Pride Society! 

The program is FREE; registration is required. In March they will be watching the Harvey Milk film as a follow up to the book.

This book club requires sign up, please contact Stephanie (Adult Services Librarian) at: 250-770-7786 or stephaniejames@summer.com if you are interested in attending. 


Cue’s be.Social


Our February social is happening at Cue’s Gameroom & Grill on Saturday February 22, 2020 from 7-9pm at 324 Main Street in Penticton.

We have reserved 3 pool tables that have been generously sponsored by Vantera Systems Group for this event. All attendees will be given a door prize ticket for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Cue’s. See you there!


SOS Pride is co-hosting a community education presentation on Thursday March 5, 6:30pm at the Cleland Theatre. 

Out In Schools is an award winning presentation that showcases short films that educate about the challenges and triumphs of LGBTQ2+ communities.  Out In Schools will be presenting in our local middle and high schools during the week with the March 5th evening presentation being open to the public and free.  It is a great opportunity for parents and community service providers to learn more about the issues facing LGBTQ2+ youth.


Our friends over at Rebellious Unicorns have launched a new website – kelowna.lgbt

Check it out to connect with other events and activities happening throughout the valley.  They will be promoting our local events too to continue to build bridges within our LGBTQ2+ communities in the Okanagan.


Speaking of amazing upcoming events, Peak Pride is a growing series of events that now includes 4 BC ski resorts over 4 different weeks in the winter.

Silver Star and Red Mountain have already taken place, but Peak Pride at Sun Peaks is coming up February 26-March 1 and Peak Pride at Big White is April 1-5.  Check out peakpride.lgbt for more information about these Pride winter celebrations across the BC Interior!


For anyone looking to learn more about our transgender community, an upcoming workshop on March 26 from 9am-2pm at the Days inn & Conference Centre hosted by SOWINS is going to be a great learning opportunity.  Check out the poster below for details about this community education event!


Penticton’s very own Boundless Belly Dance is hosting the 2nd Annual In the Name of Love event on March 27, 2020

This year’s theme is “Fearless 2020” and is shaping up to be another amazing event of performers and entertainment! They are looking for volunteers, you can contact the volunteer coordinator by email at robbogden1993@gmail.com. This event is also a fundraiser for local LGBTQ2+ counselling services. Click on the link below for ticket information that includes a secret password to find out the location!

Boundless Belly Dance presents In the Name of Love: Fearless 2020


We are already planning ahead for Pride month in June and will send out a complete calendar of events as soon as possible. 
For now, please save the date for an evening with Ivan Coyote at the Cleland Theatre on Friday June 5, 2020.  Tickets will be available to purchase on our website soon!

All of us at SOS Pride are grateful for the growing partnerships and community building that is happening to support LGBTQ2+ awareness, education and inclusion in the South Okanagan and Similkameen.

Thank you for continuing to support SOS Pride through your membership and attending our community events and socials!

Keep visiting our website – sospride.ca and SOS Pride Facebook page!