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Kelowna.LGBT Newsletter – July 2020


Summer 2020

Summer is here! The sun is shining and we are excited to get back to some socially-distanced activities. 


Voices Unheard

Tuesdays • 5:00pm

Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE are delighted to be partnering on Voices Unheard, a weekly livestream series with the intent of  bringing awareness to underrepresented members of society, which includes people of various racial backgrounds, sexuality, gender identity/expression, age, or ability.

Host Jessica Samuels will engage a different guest each week in a candid conversation about the challenges they have faced or continue to struggle with, elevating their voice and helping them to tell their stories.

Voices Unheard airs live every Tuesday at 5:00 pm on Unicorns.LIVE, with episodes available to stream after the original broadcast.

Those interested in being featured/interviewed are encouraged to complete this form.

Those who wish to watch the series will need to register for Unicorns.LIVE and can do so here. Those who sign up in July will get a 14-Day free trial and the first 100 subscribers will lock in a lifetime rate of $4.99 per month (regularly $8.99).

As this is a brand new series, there are some spots available for sponsorship and promotion. If you would like to learn more about advertising and supporting Voices Unheard, please email Kris Johnson

Voices Unheard is filmed and produced on the unceded, traditional territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) people.

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A Sip With Sparkle – Episode 4: Sangria

July 7 • 7:00pm

Summer is in full swing, and Sparkle’s got her swizzle sticks out stirring up one of the sexiest cocktails ever: SANGRIA! On Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Sparkle spills the tea (and probably a lot of alcohol, per usual) on this sultry Spanish summer sipper, and will be joined by special guest Ella Lamoureux.

Save the date and say “Olé!” for A Sip With Sparkle!, Tuesday July 7, 2020 live at 7:00 pm only on Unicorns.LIVE!

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Matthew President feat. Pedwell LIVE

July 7 • 9:00pm

Wednesday Night’s QUSIC live-streamed show sold out last week but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on this talent! QUSIC is thrilled to have Matty perform a second show on Tuesday night! 

Tickets are $15 at the door,  first-come, first-serve at  Friends of Dorothy’s. There will be NO live stream of this show, so you gotta be there to enjoy it 🎶.

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QUSIC with Matthew Presidente feat. Pedwell

July 8th – 7:00pm

QUSIC is thrilled to welcome back Matthew Presidente feat. Pedwell. Matty played the QUSIC pre-launch show back in February at Peak Pride Sun Peaks and has been a great support of the Series. 

Tickets to the in-person show are sold out! The live stream will only be available at Watch.Unicorns.Live.

About the Artist
Rock/pop pianist/singer/songwriter Matthew Presidente (he/him/his) has been a part of the music scene in Vancouver for nearly 20 years. Independently recording and releasing 6 full length albums, he has been involved in a wide range of musical collaborations and performances. A local Metro Vancouver resident, Matthew was raised in Tsawwassen, where he began playing piano at 10 years old. Since then he has gone on to master guitar and percussion, but considers himself a piano player by trade. Referred to as “one of — if not ­— the best singer/songwriters our LGBT scene has” by Xtra Magazine (Vancouver), Matty has been on the music scene for nearly 20 years, and has performed in rosters among headliners such as Ace of Base and Dragonette.

Bradley Pedwell (he/him/his) is a singer/songwriter from Vancouver BC that mixes rock, folk, and hip-hop to create a captivating blend of acoustic rock. Pedwell’s heavy 90s influence combined with his passionate rock vocal often results in comparison to artists like Everlast and Matchbox 20 – whilst Pedwell agrees, he insists his sound is “Definitively-Vancouver”.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Bradley has been performing for 17 years as a singer/songwriter and has released 9 albums independently. In the last year, Pedwell has performed over 160 dates and released 1 EP per month written/recorded/produced entirely himself.

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QueeReads

June 14 – July 26

“It’s a classic fairytale: Knight meets necromancer. They argue. They fight. They…make out?”

Starting June 14th, join us Sunday nights at 7:00pm for our first QueeReads series, featuring “Book One: The Capital” of the “The Knight and the Necromancer” series by A.H. Lee. This fantasy romance will be read aloud by Shannon Lester, local artist, and drag queen extraordinaire.

The reading will be available via Live Stream at Unicorns.LIVE or head to Friends of Dorothy to watch it live and in-person. Contact Friends of Dorothy to reserve.

QueeReads is sponsored by Leigh Jarrett, local author of LGBTQ Romantic Fiction.

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Unicorns.LIVE is looking for YOUR recommendations for books by LGBTQ2+ Authors for the next QueeReads series. Have a suggestion? Send an Email.


The MX. Returns 

July 23 • 5:30pm

Guess what? The original MX. is back on Thursday, July 23, 2020! We’re keeping it social and keeping it safe, and we’re thrilled to invite you to join us at Dunnenzie’s in the Lower Mission from 5:30-7:30 pm. Physical distancing measures will be in place — we’re ‘MXing’ it up a bit this time with creative ways for everyone to get a chance to meet and make new connections. 

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 outside of the club and off the those lovely apps. Allies are encouraged to join.

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. Suggested donation – $10 & $5 for students (19+) with valid student ID.

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TV Night with Freida Whales

Thursdays at 6:00pm

Come enjoy a night watching TV and playing games with Freida Whales every Thursday, starting July 2! Hosted at Dunnenzies Downtown – Drag Race Canada will be on the screen, Freida will be on the stage, and pizza will be on your plate. Pizza sold by the slice and drinks sold at the bar.

Seating for groups of 2,4, and 6 available. Message Freida Whales to reserve!

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Weekly Events At Dorothy’s


Weekend Drag Shows – Friday & Saturday Nights

Drag is back… and it’s back with a bang! Friends of Dorothy has your weekend covered with Friday & Saturday Night Drag Shows featuring you favourite local Queens. Contact Friends of Dorothy to reserve a table. 

Drag Brunch – Sundays at 11:00am

Sunday morning, head down for Drag Brunch! Seating begins at 11:00am followed by the performance at 12:00pm. Tickets are $30 per person and include: A Mimosa or A Caesar AND an item from the Brunch Menu. Reservations recommended.

Wicked Wednesday – Wednesdays at 8:00pm

Karaoke, baby! Head down every second Wednesday for Wicked Wednesdays – Karaoke Night hosted by the lovely Freida Whales.

Canada’s Drag Race Viewing – Thursdays at 7:30pm

Hosted by the ravishing Sparkle, the race to the crown is going to be – Hot. Feisty. And Delicious with 12 Drag Race inspired bites named after the 12 contestants.  Reservations recommended.

For deets or to make a reservation, call 236-420-4565

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The Lastest from the Blog

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A new social media campaign is asking Indigenous youth to submit their own definition of “two-spirit,” which will then be compiled into a “two-spirit dictionary.
Harry Potter Fan Sites Step Back from RowlingTwo of the biggest Harry Potter fan sites distanced themselves from author J.K. Rowling because of her beliefs on transgender issues, calling them at odds with the message of empowerment in her best-selling books.
TV Night with Freida Whales
Great night, packed house, fun games – what better way to celebrate the premiere of Canada’s Drag Race than with the Okanagans first ever drag race viewing party at Dunnenzies!!!
Rainbow Women in Business – Vol. 6
Sherry Yeoman realized quite by accident that she wanted to be a landlord soon after she bought her first home 40 years ago.
Out on Screen 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.

Staying Connected, Virtually.

Physical distancing doesn’t mean no connecting! As we continue to stay home as much as possible, there are more and more options coming available to stay connected. Click the button below to check out what’s going on, online!

Kelowna.LGBT offers a variety of valuable options for organizations and brands that are looking to reach Kelowna’s LGBTQ2+ community. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please email Taysha Jarrett at taysha@rebelliousunicorns.com.

Have an Event we should know about? Submit it to the Calendar!



Kelowna.LGBT Newsletter – June 2020


Pride Month 2020

Pride Month is here! Kelowna Pride is scheduled to be held in the Fall, but in the meantime, June is here and we are pleased to announce some fabulous ways to celebrate!

Drag Brunch is back at Friends of Dorothy starting June 7th! June 9th is A Sip With Sparkle and onJune 10th there’s QUSIC with Teshawna SihataCelebrate Pride at Home with Fruit Loop on June 13 and check out the launch of QueeReads on June 14th. 

Read on for more details!


QueeReads

June 14 – July 19

“It’s a classic fairytale: Knight meets necromancer. They argue. They fight. They…make out?”

Starting June 14th, join us Sunday nights at 7:00pm for our first QueeReads series, featuring “Book One: The Capital” of the “The Knight and the Necromancer” series by A.H. Lee. This fantasy romance will be read aloud by Shannon Lester, local artist, and drag queen extraordinaire.

The reading will be available via Live Stream at Unicorns.LIVE or head to Friends of Dorothy to watch it live and in-person. Contact Friends of Dorothy to reserve.

QueeReads is sponsored by Leigh Jarrett, local author of LGBTQ Romantic Fiction.

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Drag Bunch Sunday
Sundays at 11:00am

Drag is back… and it’s back with a bang! Friends of Dorothy is kicking off Drag Brunch Sunday starting June 7th. Seating begins at 11am followed by the performance at 12pm.

Tickets are $30 per person and include: A Mimosa or A Caesar AND an item from the Brunch Menu

For deets or to make a reservation, call 236-420-4565.

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Fruit Loop – Pride at Home

June 13 – 8:00pm

As part of the annual Pride season, Fruit Loop has traditionally hosted an in-person celebration featuring a dynamic group of performers, outstanding community partners and an amazing audience. This year as we all adapt to a new landscape, we’ve had to find new ways to celebrate and highlight our diverse and resilient LGBTQ2S+ community.

Join on Saturday, June 13 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm for a live stream of an incredible cast of performers direct from The Starlite Room in downtown Edmonton! Sponsored by our friends at TD Bank, and in support of community partner E2S – Edmonton 2 Spirit Society

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Virtual Drag Bingo

June 30 – 7:00pm

You’re invited to a virtually fabulous session of Virtual Drag Bingo on June 30 at 7:00pm hosted from Friends of Dorothy and live-streamed on the Unicorns.LIVE Facebook page. Your host(esses) Sparkle & Ella L’Amoureux will guide you through a veritable wonderland of numbers and nonsense, replete with prizes and Pride!

You’ll have a chance to win wonderful prizes from Big WhiteAbsolutFrock & FellowFunktionalFreida WhalesKanata Hotel KelownaOlive & ElleFriends of Dorothy & more!

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New Queer Book Club in Town Brought to you by Donna (she/her) and Claire (they/them), Rainbow Reads Okanagan is a fun and inclusive book club to read and discuss queer books written by queer authors.
LGBTQ2+ Voices Loud, Proud and Live Set to music, this is a time-honoured method of telling stories about love, loss, life, and everything that happens along the way.  Music, like all art, is open to interpretation.

Staying Connected, Virtually.

Physical distancing doesn’t mean no connecting! As we continue to stay home as much as possible, there are more and more options coming available to stay connected. Click the button below to check out what’s going on, online!

Kelowna.LGBT offers a variety of valuable options for organizations and brands that are looking to reach Kelowna’s LGBTQ2+ community. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please email Taysha Jarrett at taysha@rebelliousunicorns.com.

Have an Event we should know about? Submit it to the Calendar!


Rebellious Unicorns Newsletter – May 2020

MX. Virtual – Lunch & Learn

Hungry for some socializing? Thirsting for interaction? Us too! The MX. Online returns on Thursday, May 21 over the ‘Lunch Hour’ from 12-1pm with a focus on some of our community’s favourite LGBT2Q+ owned providers of food, beverage, and good times.

Join us for a virtual panel discussion, ‘Lunch & Learn’ style, featuring: Rudy Tomazic (Friends of Dorothy Lounge); Karen MacKenzie (DunnEnzies Pizza Co.); Kevin Bodja (QB Gelato; and Matt Bliskis (TNT Dynamite Gourmet Food Truck).

These dynamic and resilient owner-operators will bring you up to speed on how the pandemic has impacted their business, current state of operations and how you can access their services, what the future may hold, and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with our guests and have your questions answered during the moderated Q&A session to follow.

There is no charge to attend but we ask that you register in advance.
Please consider using the donate option to donate to Etcetera Youth Group.


Interview & Concert with Adam Kern
May 27  – 7:00pm

QUSIC is proud to present Adam Kern for an interview and live concert! Join us May 27 at 7:00pm for the live stream 🎶.

Adam Kern (he/him/his) AKA Fight or Flea is a Kelowna-based solo act bringing an aggressive edge to the singer-songwriter genre. Adam has been performing as Fight or Flea for three years and is working his way up in the Kelowna music scene. His influences include Pat the Bunny, AJJ, Dave Mathews, Just Nick, and Joel Cossette. You can find his new single “Getting Better” on all streaming services; follow him on Instagram.

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B-I-N-G-O! ONLINE! DRAG! PRIZES! SHADE! EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!

June is Pride Month y’all and you’re invited to a virtually fabulous session of Drag Bingo Online on Wednesday, June 3 at 7pm hosted from Friends of Dorothy and live-streamed on the Unicorns.LIVE Facebook page. Your host(esses) will guide you through a veritable wonderland of numbers and nonsense, replete with prizes and Pride!

We are looking for more prizes!
Please email Kris if you are interested in providing a prize!

Join us – Live!

When viewed through a technological lens, today’s world has become too polished, too perfect, and over-curated. But real life doesn’t have an ‘edit function’ or ‘photo filters’; real life happens, moment by moment…in real time. 

Unicorns.LIVE is a safe space, with tons of room for creativity and expression but absolutely no room for hate. We hope you’ll enjoy our inclusive lineup of entertainment options, along with our approach to experiencing life and each live stream as it unfolds. 

Unicorns.LIVE: Authentic. Unfiltered. Live.

This past Saturday was our second episode of A Sip With Sparkle – in celebration of National Caesar Day, it was all about Caesar.

Missed the live stream? You can still check out the rewatch! 

Watch Saturday’s a Sip with Sparkle


Don’t miss out on any of the amazing events we have coming up!
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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! 

Pride Week 2020 Dates Announced For Kelowna

Put These Dates in Your Calendar Today! 🌈

We’re delighted to announce the key dates for Kelowna’s 2020 Pride celebrations. Kelowna’s Pride Week will run from Saturday, June 6, 2020, to Sunday, June 14, 2020 – please save the dates now!

2019 was our biggest Pride ever, with over 12,000 people joining us for the Pride March in downtown Kelowna! It was incredible to see the outpouring of support from the local community. Our challenge for 2020 is to try and make Pride even bigger and better and we need your help to make that happen.

The month of June marks the internationally recognized Pride Month; in commemoration of the pivotal 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City and it is also the month Gilbert Baker’s original design of the Rainbow Pride Flag was flown at the 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. Pride Month is a month-long inclusive celebration of the LGBTQ2+ community and an opportunity to reflect and consider the progress still to be made in the search for equality. There will be a wide range of events taking place across Kelowna, including a Pride March and Festival downtown.

A scene from 2019’s Pride March in Kelowna – over 10,000 people participated.

Keep an eye on this newsletter, our websiteFacebook and Instagram for more details in the weeks and months ahead.

Thank you in advance for helping to make Kelowna’s 2020 Pride celebrations a huge success and for showing that no matter your gender expression or sexual orientation, all are welcome here in Kelowna.

We look forward to seeing you at Kelowna’s 2020 Pride festivities! Kelowna’s Pride celebrations are presented by TD. Thanks, TD! 


Volunteers, Sponsors, Vendors and Advertisers Needed!

We need your help! We’re in search of vendors who would like to exhibit at our Pride Festival, great volunteers who are willing to help out during Pride – there’s everything from taking tickets to snapping photos – and we’re also looking to secure advertisers and sponsors for our Pride Guide which will be published in the lead up to Kelowna Pride 2020.

Would-be vendors are encouraged to complete this form. Meanwhile, those who would like to advertise in the Kelowna Pride Society’s Pride Guide should complete this form, and those looking to run an ‘Affiliate Event’ in conjunction with Pride Week 2020 should fill out this form. Those who would like to volunteer or sponsor Kelowna Pride’s 2020 celebrations should email dustyn@kelownapride.com.

Thank you so much!