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A Message From SOS Pride


We want to begin by saying that we hope everyone is following the directions from Public Health and staying safe and healthy. This is an unprecedented time for our country in recent history and we are figuring it out together.

From us at SOS Pride, we are announcing that we will not be hosting any public or social community events for the indefinite future. This includes monthly socials, our monthly Pride Pages book club, our annual Spring dance and events throughout June celebrating Pride month. Although we are sad to make this announcement, we know that many people are losing their jobs, their livelihoods, their health and their lives across the world. Our thoughts are with all of those facing health and financial crises right now, including people locally here in our own community.

For the board members who are still able to volunteer at this time, we will continue to post content relating to the LGBTQ2+ community on our website and Facebook page. We will also continue our monthly newsletter with content to help brighten people’s day and keep connected with our membership.

For now, we are thinking of everyone, sending you love and hope, and reminding you of your strength.

Peace & love from the SOS Pride Board of Directors

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!