By Dust Cwaine
Pride is always a fucking assload of events that conflict with each other, and most are ridiculous. Some shine brightly as beacons of inclusivity and actual pride, and others are corporate, soulless, exclusive events geared towards the media’s portrayal of the “perfect” Gay Man. This list I have compiled is both an act of advertising and a reading of the somewhat ridiculousness of these money-grabbing events. So, let’s celebrate the season of local venues jacking their prices from $5 to $20 by allowing a cynical drag person tell you what’s up, because it’s the year of the queer!
VANCOUVER ALTERNATIVE PRIDE FESTIVAL
A grimier version of Pride. As of this moment there aren’t many details for this, but I want to mention it because Alternative Prides are important. Maybe this will be the protest we need? Keep posted by following @vanartleisure on Instagram.
Rickshaw Theatre, August 2
Hosted by Vancouver’s own PUPPYTEETH. Look for drag critters and weird, depressing art in a grimy East Van location.
East Side Studios Warehouse, August 3
The biggest celebration of queer inclusivity that will happen in Vancouver over Pride. Safe space, queer beer (Spectrum), drag performers of literally all backgrounds. MUST ATTEND.
Westin Grand Hotel, August 4
Dubbed as “Pride’s only pool party,” this event will have everything: abs, twinks, thongs, speedos, the smell of sunscreen, and drag queens in a pool! Also Nick Bertosi, easily one of Vancouver’s best DJs.
London Pub, July 29 and August 5
East Vancouver’s only Weekly Drag Show. This is my show, so I won’t say anything more…
Downtown Vancouver, August 5
Corporations sharing their money, while community groups such as the Kennel Club join. What was once a protest has now become a fetishization of Gay. I will say that there won’t be police this year, and that is amazing, because marginalized groups within the LGBT community do not feel safe. NOW THAT IS A PROTEST! This event is very het friendly (that’s heterosexual, for all you unhip hets out there).
The Emerald, August 5
The Cobalt may be defunct, but that will not keep Peach Cobblah down. She is back with a fucking sweaty-ass, queer, hip-hop extravaganza, with drag performers at a new location: the Emerald.
CLEAN SOBER PROUD
Bute Street and Davie Street, August 5
It is their 10th anniversary, and it’s gonna be a wild time! An all ages drag and performance show featuring local performers and Trixie Mattel and Sasha Velour of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame.