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Who is Rebellious Unicorns?

Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc (RUPC) is a boutique event company that is focused on creating unique experiences that build stronger communities.

RUPC is the creator of Peak Pride, now at SilverStar Mountain Resort, RED Mountain Resort, Sun Peaks Resort & Big White Ski Resort, FruitCake, the Okanagan’s only monthly drag show and inclusive club night, the MX, Kelowna’s monthly LGBT2Q+ community networking event, Kelowna.lgbt, an online resource for events and news, and is also a partner in the Earth to Table Vegan Market.

RUPC’s latest endeavours include Unicorns.live, authentic, unfiltered, live-streamed entertainment featuring QUSIC, a celebration of queer musicians, Voices Unheard, an opportunity for underrepresented voices to be heard, A Sip with Sparkle, a monthly drink tutorial marked by drag queen hilarity, Drag Story Time with Freida Whales and QueeReads, storytime for adults.

“If you’re a fabulous outsider who believes in equality, you might just be a Rebellious Unicorn. Our company was founded with one goal in mind: create new, welcoming and inclusive opportunities for people to gather and celebrate. We’re dedicated to leading positive change in the Okanagan, and ensuring all are welcome under the Rebellious Unicorns umbrella. Join us… you won’t regret it!”

Dustyn Baulkham – Founder and Executive Producer

To keep up to date about what we’re up to, sign up for our newsletter via our website http://rebelliousunicorns.com/

Please note: Many of our events have been put on hold or are virtual events due to COVID-19. Your safety and health is imperative to us.

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Unicorns.LIVE is Mobile

Download the iOS or Android App Now!

Unicorns.LIVE is now available on the go! Download the iOS or Android app to watch your favorite Unicorns.LIVE shows on the go from you phone or tablet. You can also download to your device to watch later.

These apps make it easy to watch A Sip With Sparkle on the Patio, Voices Unheard on the beach or enjoy QUSIC in the pool.

Download iOS App

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A NOTE: The special discounted monthly rate of $6.99 with a 14-day free trial is ONLY available via our website. If you subscriber through the mobile app you will pay the standard $8.99 a month with a 7-day free trial.

Rainbow Women in Business – Volume 7

Smashing sexual shame and living outside the box. “All women are entitled to experience pleasure in whatever form aligns with them. Pleasure is their birthright,” says Chantel Porter, owner and operator of Wild Love Co., an online Pleasure and Sexuality Life Coaching company.

Working with women 1-on-1 or in group classes, Chantel educates women about how their bodies work, their anatomy, and how to experience sexual pleasure in a safe space. She assists her clients in navigating the negative messages women have learned about who they should be as “sexual beings”, teaching them to create healthy, happy, and fulfilling sexual and intimate relationships with their partners without shame.

Chantel previously worked for herself as an aesthetician for about 5 years. She had always known she wanted to be self-employed, so when she started delving more into self-education, it flowed—a natural progression to continue to work for herself—just in a different industry.

She chose to help women with their sexuality because she struggled for many years. She experienced a lot of trauma including sexual trauma as a child and teenager that negatively impacted the way she lived for many years.

When she began healing from the abuse, she found great clarity and happiness that she didn’t know she could have in her life. Chantel knew she needed to help other women find happiness as well. She knew she could help them more deeply because she had come through what they were dealing with.

“I am deeply passionate about helping women to find their self-love and empowerment,” says Chantel. “I get to see women transform right before my eyes, like watching a flower bloom but it’s a woman. It is the most amazing feeling to know that I can have such a massive positive impact in women’s lives, that someone like me who was so broken for so long, can guide other women to finding their happiness.”

Chantel’s advice for women wanting to start their own business.

“It can be terrifying to take a leap or a baby step, but if this thing is nagging at you, pulling you towards it, it is for a reason! Do it afraid! If you don’t try you will always live your life wondering “what if”. People may tell you all the reasons why it can’t, won’t or might fail, that’s okay, they aren’t you! They aren’t doing it, you are.”

You can reach Chantel by email: Chantelmporter@gmail.com

Get Ready To MX. It Up With Room to Roam!

Summer hasn’t exactly gotten off to the brilliant start we are used to here in the sunny Okanagan. However, it is summer and there are few things better during this time of year than getting together with friends in the evening to mix, mingle, and catch up. Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc. is pleased to announce that we’re bringing back the original MX. on Thursday, July 23, 2020! Well, maybe not exactly “The MX. OG”…read on!

We’re thrilled to invite you to join us at Dunnenzie’s Pizza Co. in the Lower Mission (4638 Lakeshore Rd) from 5:30-7:30 pm. We’ll be keeping it social and keeping it safe; physical distancing measures will be in place ‘MXing’ it up with creative ways for everyone to get a chance to meet and make new connections.

Rather than our usual “food station” set-up, Dunnenzie’s (our gracious Host Partner who is providing the snacks and a welcome beverage for all in attendance) will offer a variety of appy plates upon arrival; register, grab your food and a drink, and get mingling! 

Not familiar with The MX.? The MX. was created as an opportunity for the LGBT2Q+ community to network, gather, and socialize. This is also an opportunity to meet like minded people away from those lovely apps. Allies are encouraged to join; the more, the merrier! 

In addition to meeting super fab people, the MX. also fundraises for the Etcetera Youth Group and 100% of the entrance fee will be donated to them. Space is available on a first come first serve basis. Please register in advance so we can let Dunnenzie’s know how much food should be prepared for our guests. Suggested donation for admission is $10 (or $5 for students (19+) with valid student ID).

Dunnenzie’s will also be assisting us in our on-going fundraising efforts for Etcetera by creating a “Mystery Prize Table”. For $20 per ticket, you’ll have the chance to win…something fabulous! Or, something else. Dunnenzie’s generous suppliers and partner merchants will be providing the prizes–what the prizes may be is for us to know and for you to find out!

If you’re planning on joining us, we hope you’ll reach out to some of your friends and work colleagues and consider safe carpooling. Parking at this location can be challenging, and keep in mind that they will be open to the public as well. 

The MX. is presented by TD Bank, and proudly supported by Okanagan Young Professionals Collective, Sarah Sucloy Real Estate, Friends of Dorothy and EzTix.

We look forward to seeing you for our garden party at The MX. on Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 5:30-7:30pm at Dunnenzie’s in the Lower Mission. Questions? Please reach out to Kris Johnson, Manager of Logistics & Partnerships for Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc. by email kris@rebelliousunicorns.com

The MX. is held on the unceded, traditional territory of the syilx (Okanagan) people.

Banking for the LGBTQ2+ Community.

TD Bank, “Make it Better”

As a top 10 North American bank, TD aims to stand out from its peers by having a differentiated brand – anchored in their proven business model, and rooted in a desire to give their customers, communities, and colleagues the confidence to thrive in a changing world.

Grant Minish works in business development in the LGBTQ2+ market segment in BC as part of TD’s LGBTQ2+ customer program. He is located in Vancouver and has an office in the TD Tower at Pacific Centre. His full job title is Regional Manager of LGBTQ2+ Business Development.

Since 2005, Grant has worked with TD’s community relations team building relationships with LGBTQ2+ organizations in BC, connecting those organizations to the bank, and the bank to those organizations.

TD supports over 90 Pride festivals and over 160 LGBTQ2+ organizations across North America.  There is an extensive employee volunteerism program that allows organizations to connect with employees who are interested in volunteering their time.

Grant sort of fell into banking and stayed. In 2005 the bank asked him to lead their LGBTQ2+ initiative in Vancouver, which he did off the side of his desk until 2014 when they launched their full-time customer strategy which started with Grant and has now grown to 6 people across Canada.

Leading the LGBT strategy was a personal passion of Grant’s. He states, “It is amazing to be in a role which allows me to be my authentic self and at the same time be a leader in a company with such a large inclusion and diversity focus on customers, community, and colleagues.”

Grant’s favourite thing about what he does is helping people achieve their financial goals, whatever that may look like. Secondly, working with the community and building community connections, and thirdly, working with colleagues, enabling them to bring their whole selves to work.

When asked about how the TD Bank has coped with the current COVID-19 pandemic, Grant says, “It has had to make massive changes in a very short period of time. I am impressed with the speed and adaptability of my colleagues across the enterprise which enabled us to continue to serve and advise our clients in a very different world.”

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