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What’s Happening this week in the Okanagan! Oct 12 – Oct 18, 2020


Tuesday, October 13 – Gender Identity Group ~ Online

This is a positive, safe, inclusive, supportive space for, gender non-conforming, non-binary, transsexual, transgender, gender queer inter-sexed or questioning (or any variation there of under the rainbow spectrum) people living in or near Kelowna or the Okanagan are to discuss matters and various topics while providing and obtaining peer support.

We meet every Tuesday from 6-8 via Discord.

For more information on this group meeting, please join the Gender Identity Group on Facebook.


Tuesday, October 13 – HIM Yoga, 5:30 pm, hosted by Health Initiative for Men ~ Online

Come stretch those knots away and do Yoga with HIM online! Just get your Yoga mat and bottle of water ready!

This session is open to all GBT2Q men living across BC. This is an online event via Zoom App. To register, please follow the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpduiopjIvG9aIshWI9Elri4mmz_wZXQt4

For more information, please e-mail register@checkhimout.ca. Attendance is free, or by donation.


Wednesday, October 14 – QUSIC, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, featuring Hayden McHugh, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.LIVE, hosted by Friends of Dorothy Lounge.

With joyful tones and happy beats, Hayden McHugh (he/him/his) looks to make you dance and smile with his brand of feel-good dance-pop. He is a producer, songwriter, and vocalist from Calgary, Canada, who is ‘a vibrant, exciting, and collected individual, poised to make his presence felt in the ever-evolving Calgary arts community’.

Hayden has been performing professionally for 5 years, putting on and performing at various events for his program MusicGivesYYC. He has performed with Cirque de la Nuit at venues like the Palace Theater and Pride Calgary, opening for artists such as Scenic Route to Alaska at the Gateway, and being nominated for Male Artist of the Year by the YYC Music Awards in 2018.

His most recent single, TAKE YOU, not only received over 13,000 streams on Spotify, but also opened up opportunities with Beakerhead, Calgary Pride and collaborations with artists from around the world.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Wednesday, October 14 – Connections Online, 6:00 pm, hosted by Health Initiative for Men ~ Online

Want to expand your social network and connect with other GBT2Q people?
Connections is a group for guys 19+ to come together to talk about life experiences, connect with peers and build a circle of support. Come as you are, bring a friend, and your ideas.

This is an online event via Zoom App. To register, please follow the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqf–qpz0sHdLaxEPiukVledna87tiA9QDFor more information, please e-mail register@checkhimout.ca.

Participation is free, or by donation

This group is open to self-identified men (trans, cis, and other men), two-spirit and non-binary folks who also identify as gay, bi, queer, asexual, and/or as guys who are into/or have sex with guys (for any reason – including for work).


Sunday, October 18 – Drag Brunch, hosted by Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna

Get ready for a #SundayFunday. The drag is here!

Come out and see a show at Friends of Dorothy Drag Brunch (by reservation only). Seating begins at 11am followed by the performance at 12pm.

Tickets are $30 per person and include:
One mimosa or one Caesar AND an item from our brunch menu

CALL TO RESERVE! For more info go to: https://www.fodlounge.com/


Sunday, October 18 – QueeReads – Lesbian Spooky Short Stories, 7 pm – 7:45 pm, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge and Author Leigh Jarrett, read by Jill Karpick ~ Kelowna and Online

Three short spooky lesbian stories just in time for Halloween!

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Sunday, October 18 – Movie Night, hosted by Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna

Spooky Sunday’s have landed at the lounge. Grab your hunny, your best Judy, or a couple of ghouls and hit up the lounge to cozy up and watch some classics. Keep those creeper peepers 👀 peeled on Facebook and insta to see what we are viewing. You may even be able to get involved to vote 😉 . Our first viewing is tomorrow, and we will give you a hint; was it Brenna behind the bar with a bar knife? Or Magnus in the dinning room with a serving tray? See you there, if you dare.

Call to reserve: 236-420-4565


Sunday, October 18 – TransParent Okanagan Meeting, hosted by TransParent Okanagan ~ Online

TransParent provides community consultation, advising and advocacy on issues related to families of trans youth. They also operate a peer support network, monthly meetings, guest speakers and a lending library of books, videos and other resources.

TransParent Okanagan meets regularly the third Sunday of every month. To find out more, check out their Facebook Page


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What’s Happening this week in the Okanagan! Oct 5 – Oct 11, 2020


Tuesday, October 6 – Gender Identity Group ~ Online

This is a positive, safe, inclusive, supportive space for, gender non-conforming, non-binary, transsexual, transgender, gender queer inter-sexed or questioning (or any variation there of under the rainbow spectrum) people living in or near Kelowna or the Okanagan are to discuss matters and various topics while providing and obtaining peer support.

We meet every Tuesday from 6-8 via Discord.

For more information on this group meeting, please join the Gender Identity Group on Facebook.


Tuesday, October 6 – Men 55+ Online, 6 pm – 7:30 pm, hosted by Health Initiative for Men ~ Online

A facilitated safe space to talk, listen, and share your experiences of conscious ageing with other gay men. Topics include growing older, understanding issues of isolation, motivation, financial issues, physical health, sex, and more.

This is an online event, if you are interested in participating please register by e-mail at register@checkhimout.ca. Once your registration is approved, you will receive instructions about how to connect to the meeting using Zoom.

Attendance is free, or by donation.

This group is open to self-identified men (trans, cis, and other men), two-spirit and non-binary folks who also identify as gay, bi, queer, asexual, and/or as guys who are into/or have sex with guys (for any reason – including for work).


Tuesday, October 6 – HIM Yoga, 5:30 pm, hosted by Health Initiative for Men ~ Online

Come stretch those knots away and do Yoga with HIM online! Just get your Yoga mat and bottle of water ready!

This session is open to all GBT2Q men living across BC. This is an online event via Zoom App. To register, please follow the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpduiopjIvG9aIshWI9Elri4mmz_wZXQt4

For more information, please e-mail register@checkhimout.ca. Attendance is free, or by donation.


Saturday, October 10 – Women’s Hiking Group, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, hosted by Kelowna Rainbow Women ~ Kelowna

How about a hike into the Rose Valley on the West Side.

This is a gorgeous hike with some elevation – but gradual – so no real steep climbs. Very scenic with oodles of photo opportunities.

To find out more, join the Kelowna Rainbow Women Group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/kelownarainbowwomen


Sunday, October 11 – Women’s Walking Group, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, hosted by Kelowna Rainbow Women ~ Kelowna

This will be a bi-weekly walking group for women in Kelowna’s LGBTQ2+ community. This is a walk, not a hike on flat, even terrain.

This event is for all cis and trans women, as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in the space that centres around the experiences of women.

For information regarding this event, please join our group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kelownarainbowwomen/


Sunday, October 11 – Drag Brunch, hosted by Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna

Get ready for a #SundayFunday. The drag is here!

Come out and see a show at Friends of Dorothy Drag Brunch (by reservation only). Seating begins at 11am followed by the performance at 12pm.

Tickets are $30 per person and include:
One mimosa or one Caesar AND an item from our brunch menu

CALL TO RESERVE! For more info go to: https://www.fodlounge.com/


Sunday, October 11 – QueeReads – Carousel (Part 2 of 2), 7 pm – 7:45 pm, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge and Author Leigh Jarrett, read by Cat Bonner, a lovely British lass ~ Kelowna and Online

When a child goes missing in Widdershins, ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty fears sinister forces are at work in the town. Together, he and his lover Percival Endicott Whyborne must track down the child and put an end to a murderous plot, before any more young souls are lost.

The genre of this book is M/M Gay Mystery/Romance and the content is rated 18+  Suitable for viewers only 18 and older; those under 18 yrs of age must have parental consent. May contain coarse language, sexual themes, mature content of a sexual nature.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Sunday, October 11 – Movie Night, hosted by Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna

Spooky Sunday’s have landed at the lounge. Grab your hunny, your best Judy, or a couple of ghouls and hit up the lounge to cozy up and watch some classics. Keep those creeper peepers 👀 peeled on Facebook and insta to see what we are viewing. You may even be able to get involved to vote 😉 . Our first viewing is tomorrow, and we will give you a hint; was it Brenna behind the bar with a bar knife? Or Magnus in the dinning room with a serving tray? See you there, if you dare.

Call to reserve: 236-420-4565


Sunday, October 11 – TransParent Okanagan Meeting, hosted by TransParent Okanagan ~ Online

TransParent provides community consultation, advising and advocacy on issues related to families of trans youth. They also operate a peer support network, monthly meetings, guest speakers and a lending library of books, videos and other resources.

TransParent Okanagan meets regularly the third Sunday of every month. To find out more, check out their Facebook Page


An Insight into Ageism from Okanagan’s Oldest Drag Queen

Sophonda Dick feels welcomed by the younger drag community.

The 68-year-old has been performing as a drag queen on and off throughout his life, originally dressing up in drag to sneak into a Seattle bar in the late 1960s when he was underage. He said at that time, the drag queen scene was underground.

Carli BerryInfo News

To read more of this story, follw the link to Info News


(Image Credit: Photo: Jillian Karpick / Makeup: Tyson Cook)

senior holding gay pride sign

Ageism Takes a Toll on LGBTQ2+ Seniors

After a lifetime of discrimination, ageism adds to the already long road these seniors have traveled

Society’s obsession with youth is hardly a secret. (Just ask any actress over the age of 40.)

But recently released results of a national survey found that the pain that seniors experience from ageism is incredibly broad. For LGBTQ seniors, that effectively doubles the discrimination that they face.

John GallagherLGBTQ Nation

To read more of this story, follow the link to LGBTQ Nation


(Image Credit: LGBTQ Nation)

Queer & Quarantined – Volume 1

How the COVID – 19 Pandemic and Self-isolation is Affecting Queer People

The COVID-19 pandemic and the personal responsibility of self-isolation are likely some of the most difficult situations that we will experience in our lifetimes. The pandemic also adds another layer of stress and challenges to those who are historically disenfranchised, such as indigenous peoples, those with low incomes, and of course, queer people. 

I decided to speak with some LGBTQ2+ community members to see how the pandemic was affecting them. This project is intended to show how we are united against a common threat and are not alone in our struggles.

I first spoke with Raymond Koehler, human rights advocate and coordinator for the Senior Gay Men’ group for Kelowna. Raymond has over 30 years of experience as a community frontline health care support worker, but now, “as a 70-year-old cancer survivor with diabetes and a traumatic brain injury,” he has been forced to self-isolate, as he is extremely susceptible to COVID-19. 

Raymond remarks that his “life experience has led [him] to believe that one of the worst possible outcomes in life would be to be left with the feeling of being alone.” In [his] case, “although only a very few of his family contacts remain in place and are great distances away, [he] has been ‘gifted’ with the love and support of longtime companion, husband, and full-time caregiver, Manuel.”

He acknowledges that many queer people do not have this privilege, and is grateful for the blessings he has been given in life. Manuel manages all necessary errands, including a monthly trip to the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank, and the pair have been stoutly supported by their medical team throughout this stressful time. 

Raymond still continues to act as a spokesperson for the Senior Gay Men and other community-based programs through computer and telephone. He highlights how important these community relationships are to him.

This is a common theme amongst queer people, many whom are struggling to cope without having ‘regular’ community interactions. However, Raymond is confident that “we will find ways to ‘carry on’ with a gratitude attitude,” and sends digital hugs, solidarity, and pride!


This article was written by James Sieben, the Youth LGBTQPOC2+ Okanagan contributor for Kelowna.LGBT