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Jill Karpick and Freida Whales Snag Dr. Bonnie Henry For Interview

Okanagan College’s Jill Karpick was instrumental in bringing the interview between Freida Whales and Dr. Bonny Henry to life.

A highlight of the summer for both Karpick and Whales was an interview with B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. In the 6-minute segment, Whales dives into conversation with Henry, asking questions about drag-entertainment, her custom-made John Fluevog shoes, as well as Pride parades across the province.

“We may have to be physically distant for a while longer, but we can still be connected to each other,” Henry said in the interview. “I’ve been impressed with the imaginative things people have come up with [to stay connected].”

Public Affairs – Okanagan College – OC News

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(Image Credit: Freida Whales/Jill Karpick)

Jane Byers’ Memoir “Small Courage” Recounts Lesbian Marriage and Adoption

Nelson, BC – Small Courage is a memoir about Jane Byers’ experience in a lesbian marriage and the adoption of twins.

Byers says she is well prepared to raise two adopted children of colour because of her experience being marginalized since she came out as gay in the 1990s, when she lived in fear of being beaten up.

“We were familiar with having people throw slurs at us, being gay bashed.”

She said she learned to stand up for herself.

As a result, “Theo [and his twin sister Franny] have two strong parents who are able to see that stuff for what it is and are able to call it out and are not willing to be shrinking violets.”

Bill MetcalfeTrail Times

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Salmon Arm Has Its Very First Pride Festival

2020 has been an uncertain year, but Salmon Arm brought some Pride to its community, having its very first Pride Festival.

That was the enthusiastic consensus on Friday afternoon, Oct. 16 from people attending the Salmon Arm Pride Project Arts & Awareness Festival, the first of its kind in the community.

“The display is impressive, very impressive, and it’s something that everyone should see,” was Patrick Ryley’s response to the exhibition at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery. Ryley has long been a proponent of equality and inclusion for gay folks.

Martha WickettSalmon Arm Observer

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National Monument Looking for LGBT2Q+ Submissions

LGBT2Q+ national monument remembering the historic discrimination against LGBTQ2+ people in Canada is looking for LGBTQ2+ submissions.

Teams of professional artists, landscape architects, architects and other urban design professionals are invited to submit their credentials and examples of work for consideration as part of the Request for Qualifications for the LGBTQ2+ National Monument. The deadline is January 5, 2021. The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, and the LGBT Purge Fund—the project proponent—issued the request in cooperation with the National Capital Commission.

News provided by Canadian Heritage

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Kelowna Pride a Finalist for Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award

Kelowna Pride Society a finalist in two categories of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards.

Kelowna Pride Society is a finalist in two categories for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce 2020 Business Excellence Awards!

They’re up for:
Inclusive Workplace Award
Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award

Winners will be announced in November.

Learn more by following the link to BC Local News


(Image Credit: Kelowna Chamber of Commerce)