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Out On Screen: Important announcements about our programs

Important Announcement from Out On Screen

We know that many in LGBT2Q+ communities are feeling more isolated during the current quarantine. With the uncertainty of how COVID-19 will affect our ability to gather moving forward, Out On Screen has been very busy planning opportunities for people to connect now and into the future. Below are important announcements about how our programs have changed in response to the needs of the communities we serve.

To read more about this important announcement, follow the link to Out On Screen.

We Need Your Help

Fellow Unicorns,

In the over 2.5 years of Rebellious Unicorn’s existence, I cannot recall a time when I felt it necessary to personally write this letter to you. But with the current state of society, I feel it is time. Our industry (events) was destroyed overnight. It has been over 3 months since our company has had any real revenue and yet during this time we continue to pay our team. Recently we started Qusic.live but ticket sales don’t even cover the cost of the artists.

While there have been government programs available, our type of business does not qualify. Everyone we work with are contractors. This includes the talent that we hire, as well as our team. It’s the only way that makes sense to operate a business like this. Recently a program became available that we could potentially qualify for, however the funder has already said they don’t have enough resources to meet the demand.
It’s been a trying time for all of us with no real changes in the short term. Since we can only have gatherings of up to 50 people at a time, we have had to evolve with our operations and we need your help to continue doing what we do.

Unicorns.live is our new livestream platform. By subscribing you help us ensure that artists get paid by watching their content. 35% of all subscription fees are returned to the groups and artists involved in creating content. We have invested heavily in equipment and are continuing to invest to ensure a HIGH quality of production. iOS and Android apps are currently in production and will be ready by mid-July 2020 and once we have hit 500 subscribers, we will have the resources to add in Apple TV, Roku TV, Android TV, and Fire TV apps as well. Our platform has a flair of LGBT2Q+ content but it will not be exclusively Queer-focused.
We have always paid our artists and we do our best to pay them reasonable rates. With so many of us struggling right now without the ability to produce events, having a platform that actually pays artists is key to all of our ongoing success. If you have the capacity to subscribe to http://unicorns.live/…, we would greatly appreciate it.

Here is how the subscription works:
• Until June 30th (or until 100 people subscribe) we are offering a 30 day free trial. The monthly price is only $4.99+GST. This price is locked in for life and will NEVER be increased.
• Until July 31th (or until 200 people subscribe) we are offering a 14 day free trial. The monthly price will be $6.99+GST. Again, this price is locked in for life and will NEVER be increased. Both of these discounts will only be available via our website and not the mobile apps once they are live.
• Following this our free trial will be 7 days and the monthly rate will be $8.99+GST. We will also be offering annual pricing which will be equivalent to 10 months – get 2 months free! This will work on all pricing above.

Currently, we have 3 series on the platform: A Sip with Sparkle, QUSIC, and QueeReads. We are very excited to be working on a number of additional series and on events that will take place on http://unicorns.live/…. There are partnerships in discussion with various arts groups with the hope of elevating these groups.

We greatly appreciate the support you have offered us over the past 2.5+ years and we hope to see you again in person soon.

Dustyn Baulkham
Founder & Executive Producer
Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc.

New CBC British Columbia original podcast explores identity beyond binary pronouns

They & Us launches June 22

Gender identity. Gender expression. Non-binary. While you may hear these terms in the news, social discussions and academia, for many, it’s unfamiliar territory. Are you up to speed?

CBC British Columbia host Wil Fundal explores gender and more in They & Us: a six-part podcast series about people who have had to go beyond the binary – the “he” and “she” – to figure out who they truly are.

To read more, check out this story on CBC

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.

Okanagan LGBTQ2SIA+ History: Telling Our Story

We need your help in uncovering the rich history of the LGBTQ2SIA+ community throughout the Okanagan Valley.

Once social distancing has subsided, we will be seeking expressions of interest from potential contributors to help tell this story through documents, photographs, and audio/visual materials in their care. These collected stories will be presented in a public exhibition jointly coordinated and curated by Donna Langille; Community Engagement Librarian at UBC Okanagan, and Taysha Jarrett; Coordinator of Kelowna Rainbow Women.

Here’s where you come in.

Whether you’re looking for a bit of a distraction–or perhaps an indoor activity–take a look around your home for books, papers, pictures, recordings, or anything else that relates to the LGBTQ2SIA+ community in the Okanagan Valley. 

Discover with pride, and if you have any questions about the items in your care, or the project in general, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at: donna.langille@ubc.ca

Have fun and happy digging!