Saturday, March 31, 2018

Vancouver Coronation 47 - A Black and White Ball

(L-R) Sister Fancy Pants, Paladin 'lil Randy and Reverend Mother Diversity Rains

Congratulations to Emperor 46 Tommy D and Empress 46 Jane Smokr on a successful reign!  This past year, they fundraised for Rainbow Refugee, Women Against Violence Against Women, Health Initiative for Men and Zee Zee Theatre.

Tonight's Coronation for full of pomp and pageantry as past and current Monarchs from all over North America came and congratulated the outgoing Vancouver Monarchs and welcomed the new incoming Monarchs.  The amount of jewelled crowns and tiaras were blinding!  What an incredible family this is!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Patrick Masse & Friends for Rainbow Refugee

(L-R) Sister Festivus, Guard Flying Ace, Aspirant Bradley, Friend, Sister Koo-Koo, Reverend Mother Diversity and Connie Smudge

(L-R) Reverend Mother Diversity, Zdravko Cimbaljevic of Rainbow Refugee and Connie Smudge

The Sisters were at XY to help out-and-proud country recording artist, Patrick Masse fundraise for Rainbow Refugee.  The Sisters sold 50/50 raffle tickets at a live concert by Patrick that was hosted by the Unstoppable Connie Smudge.  

The Sisters donated $3000 and the Timberline Dance Society donated $2500.  Along with the 50/50 raffle tickets sold as well as sales of Patrick's CDs, the event brought in over $6000 for Rainbow Refugee.

"Founded in 2000, Rainbow Refugee is a Vancouver based community group that supports people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression (SOGIE) or HIV status."

Sunday, March 11, 2018

REVIVAL: A Gospel Review

(L-R) Sister Fancy, Whoopsie Daisy, Reverend Mother Diversity, Paladin "lil Randy and Friend Ilena Cramer

The New Westminster community is strong and vibrant and they came out to support REVIVAL: A Gospel Review, a night of entertainment fun with proceeds benefiting Last Door Recovery and EPAMA.  The Sisters were on hand to help sell raffle tickets as well as hand out the prizes.

REVIVAL was organized by Whoopsie Daisy, an amazing community leader who's faith and calling led her to develop this fundraiser, now in it's 3rd year.  There were amazing drag queens Hope Diamond, Princess Desree Knight Niis Miou and Alma Bitches performing some incredible and funny numbers as well as live performances of the gospel nature and pop nature.  The event was an intimate evening that raised $400.  As Whoopsie said "That's funds that these organizations did not have this morning."  So amazing to see so many different facets of this community come out to support each other.

Well done Whoopsie and New Westminster!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Pride Night at UBC

Reverend Mother Diversity Rains with ONETWU Representative

A fun and testosterony night was had at Pride Night at UBC!  The men's and women's UBC Thunderbirds took on Trinity Western University while being cheered on by the Vancouver Gay Volleyball Association and fundraising for Qmunity!

The VGVA runs volleyball games year round and provides a safe space for our community members to spank balls and run around in hot shorts and sweaty clothes and grunt and be all butch-like.  Tonight, they reached out to the Sisters to help with their fundraising efforts for Qmunity.  In between very short breaks of play, the Sisters and members of VGVA raised $370!  Thank you VGVA!

University can be a very transformative time in our lives and in this day and age, it is still not the safest place to be out.  Thankfully, there are support groups like The Pride Collective at UBC and ONETWU at Trinity Western.  Thank you to the students for volunteering your time to support and protect our community and creating safe, inclusive spaces, while studying to be future leaders of our community!

As the Sisters reach out to the multitude of sub-communities in our community, it is with JOY that we see familiar faces.  It shows that our community is not so segregated.  We saw friends that we have seen at other fundraising events for HIV/AIDS, homeless and Women's March.  So wonderful to see our community supporting the full breath of our community!  The Sisters can add to our moto "One JOY, More JOY, Always JOY, Everywhere JOY!"

Reverend Mother Diversity Rains, Morgane Oger (Community Leader and Politician) and Sister Fancy Pants

Friday, December 22, 2017

Happy Joyous Holidays!

As the Winter Solstice pervades the land, may fairies join in chorus with the Angels, Saints, and Nuns of the Above rippling LOVE and JOY to all.

May this season emit the promulgation of Universal JOY, the expiation of stigmatic guilt and the service to one another and all members of our communities, embellished through heart-felt giving and activism, making a difference.

Be safe, be friendly, be joyful!  Blessings abound for you, yours and all of of us!

-Reverend Mother Diversity Rains