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Basically Ella – Perfect Red Lip

On the first episode, Ella will guide you through how to accomplish the ‘perfect red lip’. This is a timeless classic that truly requires attention to detail in order to make those hearts flutter.

About Basically Ella 

Basically Ella features basic makeup and beauty tips in a tidy 10-20 min package, as demonstrated by beloved drag queen and makeup artist, Ella Lamoureux. She’s not just a pretty face — Ella knows how to make everything fabulous with her talents and professional training. Through easy to follow, step-by-step instructions, Ella will show you how to raise your face game. Tune in on Mondays at 12:30 pm only on Unicorns.LIVE!

About Ella Lamoureux

Ella Lamoureux is one of the founding queens of the Kelowna drag scene. From Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar drag competition, to Embodiment, to #2muffs1collr and everything in between, Ella has carved out her place as one of the most influential and stunning queens in Kelowna. A makeup artist by trade, Ella will eternally tease you with her beauty. But, watch out if you displease her — that tongue is quick and sharper than you think! She’s generally “as sweet as cherry pie” and she brings so much love and joy to the community. A true charmer, Ella Lamoureux is Kelowna’s Sweetheart.

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Voices Unheard: Robert Verigin

Content Rating: PG Parental guidance is suggested for designated age range (7-13 yrs); some material may not be suitable for all children due to content that may be of a mature nature or triggering for viewers. 

Robert Verigin (he/she/they) sometimes uses pronouns, and sometimes doesn’t, because he’s usually just referred to as “that old queen”. On this episode of Voices Unheard, Jessica Samuels is joined by Robert, who is now 68 years young and is widely known by his drag persona, Sophona Dick. Growing up queer in a small BC community in the 60s and 70s, he was outed by his father in 1968, spurring a move to the “big cities” of Vancouver and Seattle where he finally felt free to be himself. The conversation between Jessica and Robert will span decades full of fascinating and at times heartbreaking tales, including how the HIV/AIDS epidemic stole so many lives from this earth. The stories he will share are sure to provide inspiration and hope; Robert strongly believes that no matter your age, sexual identity, where you live, or what your struggles are…it really does get better. 

If you are interested in having your voice heard please submit your information via our online form.

About Voices Unheard

Voices Unheard is a weekly livestream series produced by Unicorns.LIVE in partnership with Kelowna Pride Society. The intent of this series is to bring 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 is filmed and produced on the unceded, traditional territory of the syilx (Okanagan) people.

Voices Unheard is grateful for the support of Castanet Media and the Kanata Kelowna Hotel and Conference Centre

Voices Unheard: Alyssa Sundstrom

Content Rating: PG – Parental guidance is suggested for designated age range (7-13 yrs); some material may not be suitable for all children due to content that may be of a mature nature or triggering for viewers.

On this episode of Voices Unheard, Jessica Samuels is joined by Alyssa Sundstrom (she/her/hers). Alyssa is a 16-yr old Okanagan Indigenous female who was diagnosed with a very rare but serious illness called Behcet’s Disease when she was 18 months old. Behcet’s Disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes blood vessel inflammation throughout the body; the disease can lead to numerous symptoms including mouth sores, eye inflammation, skin rashes and lesions, along with other ailments. Her illness also caused painful Juvenile Arthritis in 4 sets of her joints. Alyssa’s wish is to discuss how she’s experienced a very different world than most others while overcoming many challenges, and hopes to bring awareness to what Behcet’s Disease is and the battles people of all ages fight.

If you are interested in having your voice heard please submit your information via our online form.

About Voices Unheard

Voices Unheard is a weekly livestream series produced by Unicorns.LIVE in partnership with Kelowna Pride Society. The intent of this series is to bring 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 is filmed and produced on the unceded, traditional territory of the syilx (Okanagan) people.

Voices Unheard is grateful for the support of Castanet Media and the Kanata Kelowna Hotel and Conference Centre.

Voices Unheard: Taysha Jarrett

Taysha Jarrett (she/he/they) joins host Jessica Samuels for this episode of Voices Unheard. Taysha is autistic, bigender, and queer; growing up they were bullied and beat up and, according to Taysha, at school the “teachers didn’t know what to do with me.” Once their Mom stepped in and demanded certain accommodations, Taysha was able to take a moment to study how the rest of the world interacted with one another, learn from them, and began to emulate others’ interpersonal skills. Taysha and Jessica will discuss these experiences, the tedious process of learning how to blend in, and how at the age of 53, Taysha feels they do a “pretty good job of passing.”

 

This episode of Voices Unheard is produced with the financial support of Krushel Wealth Management of Raymond James Ltd. A proud member and advocate of the LGBT2Q+ community, Krushel Wealth Management of Raymond James Ltd. is one of B.C. Interior’s premiere LGBT2Q+ wealth planning organizations.

 

If you are interested in having your voice heard please submit your information via our online form.

 

About Voices Unheard

Voices Unheard is a weekly livestream series produced by Unicorns.LIVE in partnership with Kelowna Pride Society. The intent of this series is to bring 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 is filmed and produced on the unceded, traditional territory of the syilx (Okanagan) people.

 

Voices Unheard is grateful for the support of Castanet Media. 

 

Who is a Kelowna Rainbow Woman?

Kelowna Rainbow Women started in July of 2019 and has grown to over 335 members since then. The group was borne of the idea that the women of Kelowna, residents and/or visitors, need a sense of community and the opportunity of 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 some (genderqueer, two-spirited) or all of the time. Kelowna Rainbow Women (KRW) is an all-inclusive, zero-phobic, chill and relaxed group.

KRW is NOT a group strictly for cis-females who identify as lesbians.

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.

If you’d like to join us, please follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kelownarainbowwomen/