Hopefully the only rain the city will enjoy during Pride Week is of the male kind. Despite the cool, damp weather weve been suffering, Pride has a tradition of heating things up, so fingers crossed.
A special Pride service, Should Queers Care at all About Jesus, takes place July 24 at 7:15 p.m. at Christ Alive Community Church, 1155 Thurlow St.
The official launch of Pride season takes place at city hall from noon to 1 p.m. July 25 with Mayor Gregor Robertson, city councillors and VIP guests. Speaking of Robertson, during last years parade I was standing with a group of gay travel writers from the U.S. when the Vision Vancouver crowd marched by. One of the visitors turned to me and said, Your mayor is hot. The event at city hall includes the raising of the rainbow flag, a barbecue and entertainment.
July 26 and 27
The Queer Arts Festival partners with the Pride in Art Society to present two evenings of visual art, dance, theatre, music and comedy at the Roundhouse Community Centre and Theatre, July 26 and 27 from 7 to 11 p.m. in honour of Pride Week. The Queer Arts Festival runs through Aug. 13, but is dedicating the first two dates to Pride. For more information go to queerartsfestival.com.
The North America Outgames Vancouver 2011 isnt just all about athletics and short shorts, but also includes a few parties. I just have to acknowledge here, no one knows how to party like the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, trans-sexual, queer, questioning, two-spirited and inter-sexed communities. Not only does the Closing Ceremony Party run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 30 at the Plaza of Nations, its followed by an after party. There are also parties all week long prior to the closing ceremony party, including the Outgames Live Showcase July 28 at nightclub Five Sixty on Seymour Street where a special guest drag queen promises to entertain with sensual games and outspoken comedy.
Davie Village will be closed to traffic but open for dancing during the Caya Davie Street Dance Party July 29 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Queen of disco Carol Jiani (Hit N Run Lover and All the People of the World) will lead a team of performers for the full-on Disco Show. Check out thisiscaya.ca
The Terry Wallace memorial pancake breakfast takes place July 30 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Bute and Davie streets. This family-friendly event, which is organized by church groups, is by donation and always draws a crowd. For a complete list of Pride events go to vancouverpride.ca.