Kelowna Rainbow Women started in July of 2019 and has grown to over 250 members since then. The group was borne of the idea that the women of Kelowna, residents and/or visitors, need a full calendar of events happening within the city that include more than just pub nights.
So, who is a Kelowna Rainbow Woman? Anyone who identifies as a woman within the LGBTQ2+ community. Kelowna Rainbow Women (KRW) are an all-inclusive, zero-phobic, chill and relaxed group.
KRW is NOT a group strictly for cis-females who identify as lesbians.
Weekly, Women’s Coffee. Same place, same day–same time, every week so women know someone from the group will be there if they happen to find themselves in the neighborhood.
Monthly, Trivia and Pub Night for those who like to be challenged during their night out. A great way to connect with the community.
Every four months, KRW offers a Women’s Self-Defense workshop, because we believe it is crucial that the women in our LGBTQ2+ community know how to defend themselves. Our instructor and her partner are dedicated to helping women stay safe.
Interspersed with these events, we have walking, hiking, kayaking, and snowshoeing events, making sure everyone has an opportunity to get outside and stay healthy and active.
Kelowna Rainbow Women is a young endeavor, and we are continuing to grow while we support each other in an online community where we share personal stories, news events, and other things that matter to us.
The pumpkin spice lattes are out in full force, the trees are varying shades of autumnal colours, and the weather is cooling down, but things are still smoking hot for Kelowna’s LGBT2Q+ community.
As you may have heard, Kelowna Pride recently announced a brand new queer wine festival, set to launch this fall. OUT in the Valley will be the first event of its kind in the country. In addition to that exciting news, there are even more reasons to feel gourd (get it?) about fall in Kelowna.
(Kelowna, BC) June marks the internationally recognized Pride Month – an inclusive celebration of the LGBTQ2+ community and an opportunity to consider the progress still to be made in the quest for equality. Kelowna will host its own celebrations predominantly over the course of June 15 – 22, 2019.
This year, the Kelowna Pride Society is planning its most substantial celebration ever in honour of the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The Kelowna Pride Festival is moving back to City Park which will allow for a longer Pride March and bigger festival area for our community partners and festival attendees.
Dustyn Baulkham, General Manager of the Kelowna Pride Society, hopes Kelowna will get behind the celebration:
“We encourage the entire community to join us in this celebration. A more inclusive Kelowna is a better Kelowna. This isn’t about ‘us versus them’, Pride is a chance to show that no matter your gender expression or sexual orientation, all are welcome here in this city. At its heart, Pride is inclusive, welcoming, open and a giant celebration! What’s not to love about that?”
The Stonewall riots was community action against police brutality toward the LGBTQ2+ community and is widely recognized as ignition of the modern LGBTQ2+ rights movement. The theme for Kelowna’s 2019 Pride celebrations is “Because of You.” Blake Edwards, Co-President of the Kelowna Pride Society, explains the reasoning behind the theme:
“As members of the LGBTQ2+ community, every right we enjoy today was fought for and we must not forget those who risked their lives for those rights. Without their sacrifice, we wouldn’t have most of the freedoms that we enjoy today. For the Kelowna Pride Society, ‘Because of You’ is a way to honour those that fought against police brutality, discrimination, harassment and repressive laws – whether that be Stonewall and Operation Soap or creating the Rainbow Coalition and fighting for the right to have Pride here in Kelowna.”
There are a host of activities, including official Kelowna Pride events and affiliate community partner events, family-friendly fun and 19+ parties, taking place during Pride. Allies are encouraged and welcome to attend all of the events. Some of the key dates are:
Kelowna’s Pride celebrations are presented by TD. You can view all of the official and affiliate Kelowna Pride events here.
About the Kelowna Pride Society
The Kelowna Pride Society (KPS) is a non-profit organization committed to serving Kelowna’s LGBTQ2+ community. KPS creates events and offer programs to connect the community. The organization depends on volunteers, membership, sponsorship and patronage to thrive, and KPS is grateful for the support it is receiving from the community. KPS hosts the popular annual Kelowna Pride Festival (formerly the Okanagan Pride Festival) which draws visitors from throughout the Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada, and the United States.
The Kelowna Pride Society would like to respectfully acknowledge that they operate on the unceded, traditional territory of the Syilx-Okanagan people.
For more information, please contact: Dustyn Baulkham, General Manager Pronouns: he/his/him Kelowna Pride Society Email: email@example.com Phone: 250.826.7197 Website: KelownaPride.com
Kelowna is known for its fantastic weather. They don’t call us Kelownafornia for nothing, you know! As we move ever closer to the official start of summer, we know those long, hot days are just around the corner.
Adding to the sizzle is a truly stunning list of upcoming LGBT2Q+ events in the city. No matter whether you’re a local or a visitor, keep the FOMO at bay and add the following events to your calendar today.
2019 marks 50 years since Stonewall, so it is only fitting that the Kelowna Pride Society is planning their biggest celebration yet! This year, Kelowna Pride has moved the festivities to June to align Kelowna’s celebration with the internationally recognized Pride Month.
In addition to that, the Kelowna Pride Festival is also moving back to City Park (close to the bridge). This brings a couple of benefits – the Pride March will follow a longer route and the Pride Festival will be on a bigger site. Yay!
The mx. is Kelowna’s only monthly LGBT2Q+ networking event. This is an opportunity to socialize, enjoy a beverage and light snacks, and maybe make some new friends along the way. Allies are also encouraged to attend.
June 6’s edition is being held at the KPMG LLP office at Suite 200 – 3200 Richter Street, Kelowna from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
There will also be two guest speakers at the June mx. Jenica Frisque is the Equity Facilitator at The University of British Columbia. Jenica will be sharing some meaningful words around “Inclusivity at Work.”
In addition to Jenica, Tor Broughton will be speaking. Tor is a trans-gender youth from our Okanagan community and he will be sharing his compelling and courageous transition journey entitled “It Takes a Village.”
The mx. is more than a fantastic networking event. It is also a fundraiser. 100% of the proceeds from the door go to the Etcetera Youth Group. Suggested donations are $10 or $5 for students (with valid student ID). Cash at the door is the preferred payment method (to limit fees), but all major credit cards and Interac Flash are accepted.
Last but not least, everyone who registers in advance will be entered into a draw. Rebellious Unicorns has donated one of the recently launched 2019 Pure Silver Equality Coins from the Canadian Mint. The coin “commemorates the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.”
Brooke Lynn Hytes is a genuine drag superstar! The FIRST EVER Canadian Queen to appear on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Brooke Lynn was runner-up for this year’s crown as a contestant on Season 11.
A trained ballet dancer, this stunning Queen knows how to put on a mesmerizing show and on July 4 she’s performing in Kelowna! This is a one-night-only show, so you really don’t want to miss it. The FOMO will be real!
Brooke Lynn will be performing at FruitCake: BLH (AKA FruitCake: Queen of the North). The show is happening at Sapphire where Brooke Lynn will werk the room with several very talented local queens – Sparkle, Freida Whales, Ella Lamoureux, Jenna Telz, Alexa Nerezza, Ginger Snapp, Sasha Zamolodchikova, and Sophonda Dick.
With so much talent, the tickets are very reasonably priced (starting at just $49)! However, they’re moving quickly (VIP Meet and Greet tickets have already completely sold out), so you’ll want to snap up yours asap.
A portion of each ticket will go to support the Kelowna Pride Society. Purchase tickets here. Please note: FruitCake is a 19+ event.
On June 29, there’s an all-ages “Drag Superstar Eleganza Extravaganza” happening at the Kelowna Community Theatre!
Guests are invited to watch a high-quality show featuring several Ru Paul Queens – Farrah Moan, Eureka O’Hara, Morgan McMichaels, Sonique, and Phi Phi O’Hara. The performance will also feature Kelowna’s Femme Fatale Burlesque troupe.
Each Queen will perform a minimum of two sets, with each set being between seven to 10 minutes in length. It is sure to be a great show! Tickets are currently on sale, including a VIP Meet/Greet, and start at $68.25. Purchase tickets.
Enjoy! Also, if you happen to see me at one of these events, please come on over and say hi. I’m always happy to chat.
(Kelowna, BC) Brooke Lynn Hytes made history on this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race by becoming the first ever Canadian queen to compete for the title of “America’s next drag superstar.” On May 30th, we’ll find out if she’s earned the crown.
A trained ballet dancer, Brooke Lynn has wowed the judges and audiences throughout season 11 of ‘Drag Race.’ She’s also the first contestant in the show’s history to win three sewing challenges in a single season.
Now, this dynamic ‘Queen of the North’ has her sights set on Kelowna, as she will be performing in the city for one-night-only this summer. Kelowna-based event production company Rebellious Unicorns is co-presenting this special Brooke Lynn performance with the Kelowna Pride Society as part of their on-going FruitCake series – a monthly inclusive night club party.
Dustyn Baulkham is the Executive Producer of Rebellious Unicorns and he can’t wait to see Brooke Lynn hit the stage in Kelowna:
“Brooke Lynn is an inspiration, a history maker. The first ever Canadian to appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race! We have a thriving drag scene, including some amazing local queens, in Kelowna and bringing stars such as Brooke Lynn to town helps raise the profile of the Kelowna scene and our performers. Of course, we’re all inspired by Brooke Lynn’s craft and the success she has earned – I know this is going to be another magical night!”
Brooke Lynn, who is also the 2014 holder of the “Miss Continental” crown and also earned the “Miss Canada Ultimate” title, will be performing at Sapphire (238 Leon Ave.) on July 4th doors open at 8PM for VIP Meet and Greet and 8:45pm for General Admission. She will be performing alongside local queens; Sparkle, Freida Whales, Ella Lamoureux, Jenna Telz, Alexa Nerezza, Ginger Snapp and Sasha Zamolodchikova. The Facebook event has all the latest details on this exciting performance.
Tickets for the show are now on sale and can be purchased on the Rebellious Unicorns website. Tickets are $49 for General Admission and $69 for a VIP Meet and Greet (photo opportunity with Brooke Lynn). Tickets are subject to GST and a ticketing fee.
Rebellious Unicorns is a Kelowna-based event production company, dedicated to leading positive change in the Okanagan and curating inclusive events and experiences that bring people together. Led by Executive Producer, Dustyn Baulkham, Rebellious Unicorns produces FruitCake, MX, Peak Pride, Dirty Mutter & Cub Crawl.
Rebellious Unicorns would like to respectfully acknowledge that they operate on the unceded, traditional territory of the Okanagan (Syilx) people.
For more information, please contact:
Dustyn Baulkham, Executive Producer Pronouns: he/his/him Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc. Email: dustyn @ rebelliousunicorns.com Phone: 250.826.7197 Website: RebelliousUnicorns.com