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Rebellious Unicorns Newsletter – May 2020

MX. Virtual – Lunch & Learn

Hungry for some socializing? Thirsting for interaction? Us too! The MX. Online returns on Thursday, May 21 over the ‘Lunch Hour’ from 12-1pm with a focus on some of our community’s favourite LGBT2Q+ owned providers of food, beverage, and good times.

Join us for a virtual panel discussion, ‘Lunch & Learn’ style, featuring: Rudy Tomazic (Friends of Dorothy Lounge); Karen MacKenzie (DunnEnzies Pizza Co.); Kevin Bodja (QB Gelato; and Matt Bliskis (TNT Dynamite Gourmet Food Truck).

These dynamic and resilient owner-operators will bring you up to speed on how the pandemic has impacted their business, current state of operations and how you can access their services, what the future may hold, and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with our guests and have your questions answered during the moderated Q&A session to follow.

There is no charge to attend but we ask that you register in advance.
Please consider using the donate option to donate to Etcetera Youth Group.


Interview & Concert with Adam Kern
May 27  – 7:00pm

QUSIC is proud to present Adam Kern for an interview and live concert! Join us May 27 at 7:00pm for the live stream 🎶.

Adam Kern (he/him/his) AKA Fight or Flea is a Kelowna-based solo act bringing an aggressive edge to the singer-songwriter genre. Adam has been performing as Fight or Flea for three years and is working his way up in the Kelowna music scene. His influences include Pat the Bunny, AJJ, Dave Mathews, Just Nick, and Joel Cossette. You can find his new single “Getting Better” on all streaming services; follow him on Instagram.

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B-I-N-G-O! ONLINE! DRAG! PRIZES! SHADE! EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!

June is Pride Month y’all and you’re invited to a virtually fabulous session of Drag Bingo Online on Wednesday, June 3 at 7pm hosted from Friends of Dorothy and live-streamed on the Unicorns.LIVE Facebook page. Your host(esses) will guide you through a veritable wonderland of numbers and nonsense, replete with prizes and Pride!

We are looking for more prizes!
Please email Kris if you are interested in providing a prize!

Join us – Live!

When viewed through a technological lens, today’s world has become too polished, too perfect, and over-curated. But real life doesn’t have an ‘edit function’ or ‘photo filters’; real life happens, moment by moment…in real time. 

Unicorns.LIVE is a safe space, with tons of room for creativity and expression but absolutely no room for hate. We hope you’ll enjoy our inclusive lineup of entertainment options, along with our approach to experiencing life and each live stream as it unfolds. 

Unicorns.LIVE: Authentic. Unfiltered. Live.

This past Saturday was our second episode of A Sip With Sparkle – in celebration of National Caesar Day, it was all about Caesar.

Missed the live stream? You can still check out the rewatch! 

Watch Saturday’s a Sip with Sparkle


Don’t miss out on any of the amazing events we have coming up!
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Love & Ally Apparel Project


Proudly Designing with the LGBT2QIA+ Community in Mind

Pride to me always means more than a yearly celebration, to me, it means having a safe space for connection to a supportive, resilient, and vibrant community. By designing these few pieces of apparel with a local social enterprise, we are able to show what the words LOVE and ALLY really mean.

I made a connection with Rebecca and Michael of You Are Collective during a business program. I was drawn to their candor and authentic approach to social enterprise, and their honest commitment to improving the conversations and access to resources surrounding mental health issues.

We ended up discussing the ways in which we might be able to join forces to shed light on the importance of adequate mental health support systems for the LGBTQ2IA+ community and what it means to be an ally.

From there we came up with an idea to collaborate on an apparel collection to launch before Pride that helps address both.

The You Are Collective has been such a great group to collaborate with on such a project. Their willingness to allow me to be as creative as I wanted and take the lead in design was refreshing. Their open-mindedness and support as allies is exemplary as well. There were so many designs and concepts that we could’ve opened an entirely new shop! However, we decided to do a small collection with the opportunity for more in the future.

Choosing to design pride-themed apparel with a portion of proceeds going to the Etcetera Youth Group here in Kelowna was the perfect collaboration project for us. While this project is a small departure from their #1Million campaign to fund one million counselling sessions across Canada, it was no less important to them to do something that meant a great deal to all of us and helped to make an impact in the local LGBTQ2IA+ community.

The result is a small apparel collection that everyone can be proud to wear while showing their allyship and love ready for pre-order just in time for Pride month.

T-shirts, stickers, and ball caps with unique Pride-themed designs will be available for purchase through You Are Collective online starting April 24th.

Find out more about the #1Million campaign and how you can help by visiting  https://youarecollective.ca/.


Cyan Bold Design is a graphic design business based in Kelowna, BC. You can contact Chris through his site cyanbolddesign.com.

Etcetera is hiring a new Facilitator

Etcetera Facilitator

Competition Number 1B05-2020-009

The Bridge is recruiting for an Etcetera group facilitator.  The position is responsible for developing community-based group support activities with youth, age 11 to 18, who identify as LGBTQ2S+.  The incumbent works closely with youth, health and social service organizations to develop activities that address the needs of youth.

Full posting available via – https://www.indeedjobs.com/the-bridge-youth–family-services/jobs/df6d169bcc9377bc89d5

MX 2020 Enhancements

Rebellious Unicorns Production Company is always in pursuit of improving our events and experiences for you, our loyal guests and attendees. We are excited for 2020 to announce the following: 

  • The Okanagan Young Professionals has joined us as a partner
  • New Annual Pass program
  • New ticketing partner – Eztix – Pre-pay for registration online
  • Feedback opportunities
  • Host or Partnership opportunities

NEW Partner the Okanagan Young Professionals

Their mission: The OYP Collective is creating a dynamic, vibrant culture and community that attracts and retains young professionals to the Okanagan Valley through a variety of volunteer, social, professional, sports, arts, cultural events and activities.

The Okanagan Young Professionals have been involved with the Sugarplum Ball since the beginning and have been involved in supporting the LGBT2Q+ community in a variety of ways for many years. We are thrilled to have them joining us in the MX.

NEW MX Season Pass

We’ve been looking for a way to provide our regular supporters an easier contribution method for supporting the Etcetera Youth Group. Starting now, you can buy a Season Pass to the MX for $80. Each year we have 10-11 MX events depending on the availability of our hosts and venues. Not only are you saving some cash, but 100% of the funds are going to Etcetera on a regular basis, getting the funds directly to our “glitter critters.” This is thanks to our new partnership with Eztix (see below)! 

NEW Ticketing Partner: EzTix

With offices in Vancouver, Toronto and South Africa, this LGBT2Q+ and Canadian owned company has partnered with Rebellious Unicorns on all of our events this year. We now have a streamlined solution that allows our supporters to purchase their registration online, with the only fee charged back being a credit fee. More excellent news: EZTix is waiving their fees for all MX events to ensure that more $$ gets to the “glitter critters.” The Bridge Youth and Family Services, which administers the Etcetera Youth Group, has been linked through EZTix so you can donate additional funds if you have the means. Any additional donations over $20 qualify for a tax receipt. Please note that your registration for the MX does not qualify for a tax receipt.

FEEDBACK – We want to hear from you

Please take this quick 3 question survey to let us know how we can make the MX better!

HOST 

Our available dates for hosting the MX are filling fast. If you or your organization are interested in hosting our monthly event we would love to hear from you. Please contact kris@rebelliousunicorns.com

PARTNER

We are thrilled to be finalizing a few partnership opportunities with amazing people and businesses. This means we only have two opportunities left for you to get your business or organization in front of the LGBT2Q+ community. Connect with Kris today! kris@rebelliousunicorns.com