Celebrate your way!
Last year, the huge Pride celebrations people have come to know and love were cancelled around the world. Events went virtual and conversations, instead of parties, became the headline acts of Pride.
The same format applies for Pride 2021, but this year things look a little brighter. Thanks to Vancouver Pride Society, there are plenty of ways LGBTQAI2S+ Vancouverites and allies can celebrate in their city, both virtually and (finally) in person.
Vancouver Pride is hosting over 60 COVID-friendly live and virtual events from July 3 to August 3, 11 which will take place live at Jonathan Rogers Park in Mount Pleasant. From parties to panels, there's something for everyone. And with the proper precautions in place, nothing can stop the solidarity, celebration and fight for equality that Pride is all about.
Whether you're picnicking in the park, dressing up loud and proud for a walk around your neighbourhood, going out to eat or having a small local march with your household, this Pride (like every year) is about LGBTQAI2S+ Canadians being celebrated for the amazing humans that they are.
Most of the events are also available online so that you can celebrate from anywhere you'd like. To view the whole schedule, download the Vancouver Pride app.
To help narrow it down from 60, start with these nine pandemic-safe events.
Drag Story Time
Why You Need To Check It Out: Mina Mercury and Justin Abit (aka drag royalty) read you some wholesome Queer stories for your enjoyment. This event's hosted virtually so that you can sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home.
The stories are all kid-friendly tales centred around Queer families; it's entertainment for everyone.
Pride Art Walk
Address: Multiple locations from July 19 to August 3
Why You Need To Go: The Pride Art Walk is one of the more hands-on Pride celebrations. Vancouver Pride has authorized art installations and murals across downtown Vancouver and the West End.
Take yourself on a self-guided tour and experience the beauty of everything the art displays have to offer. Don't forget to have your camera ready so you can appreciate the art long after you first see it.
Virtual Posh Ball
Price: Free or by donation (50% of donations go to QCHAT)
Why You Need To Check It Out: Welcome to the annual Posh Ball, presented by the one and only Van Vogue Jam. Thanks to technology, you can experience the Kiki Ballroom Scene from anywhere. Whether you want to compete, spectate or simply witness the Posh Ball, you can access the event on July 31.
There will be international judges, jaw-dropping effects and some massive cash prizes.
LGBTQAI2S+ International Human Rights Panel
Why You Need To Check It Out: Tune in on July 27 at 6 p.m. PST to listen to international panellists discuss how to advocate for the human rights of Queer and Trans people around the world. This is Vancouver Pride Society's second time hosting this event, and they couldn't be more proud.
You'll get to experience valuable discussions that are what Pride's truly about. If you're looking to learn something, this is an event worth logging in for.
Pop-Up Pride Lounges
Address: Various locations including Stanley Park Brewpub and Jim Deva Plaza in Davie Village.
Why You Need To Go: You and your bubble can enjoy some COVID-friendly fun with Vancouver Pride's Pride Lounges. Reserve a two-hour time slot to enjoy Pride entertainment (including fabulous drag artists) while sipping cocktails under the summer sky.
From July 23 to July 25, there will be be pop-up Pride Lounges at various locations. Just be sure to book tickets before they're gone.
Address: Virtual or at various locations
Why You Need To Go: Drag performers will be springing Pride trivia questions on unsuspecting bystanders for your entertainment on this live stream event. Tune in from 4-5 p.m. PST from July 26-30 to catch the shenanigans.
They'll also be handing out swag, so if you want to get your hands on some, head down to one of the locations (Commercial Drive, Main Street, Yaletown and Davie Village). If you choose to participate online, engage in the Facebook comment section and test your own Pride knowledge.
Queer History Panel
Why You Need To Go: The Vancouver Pride Society proudly presents the return of the Queer History Panel. If you want to gain a better understanding of Pride history, this is the event for you.
Tune in on July 29 at 7 p.m. PST to learn all about Vancouver's Queer history. Local activists will have a (pre-recorded) discussion about the evolution of Pride, as well as their earliest Pride memories. It's an invaluable chance to learn how Pride came to be.
Pride Summer Series
Why You Need To Check It Out: Just because you can't physically go to a concert, doesn't mean you can't experience one. The Vancouver Pride Society is celebrating LGBTQAI2S+ musicians with their virtual Pride Summer Series concert. Grab everyone in your bubble and gather in your backyard (or anywhere fit for dancing) for the first event of the summer.
The concert will include performances from a lineup of local Queer bands, plus some hard-hitting trivia and, of course, a hilarious emcee.
Why You Need To Go: This online event is dedicated to telling an array of impactful queer stories, through the use of music and dance. Members of Vancouver's LGBTQAI2S+ community will be sharing their experiences over a backdrop of music by queer creators and composers from both past and present.
The event is taking place exclusively online on July 30 starting at 7:00 PM. Tickets are free.
Vancouver Pride's goal is to create events that are inclusive, intersectional and celebratory while also advocating for LGBTQAI2S+ communities through direct fundraising events and partnerships.
Whether you're a part of the LGBTQAI2S+ community or an ally, come show your support and share your Pride this summer in Vancouver.