Saturday, April 29, 2017

Line Dancing for Chechnya

(L-R) Reverend Mother Diversity Rains, Paladin 'lil Randy, Sister Fancy Pants (Postulant Kip not pictured)

The Vancouver Timberline Dance Society held their monthly dance at the Pumpjack Pub and this time invited the Sisters to help them fundraise for Rainbow Railroad.  The Timberline group have been deeply affected by the currently situation in Chechnya and wanted to do something to help our persecuted sisters and brothers.  The patrons at the Pumpjack definitely helped the cause.  The Sisters raised $327 in 1 hour selling raffle tickets (actually, the Sisters raised $352 after Sister Fancy found $25 she collected and stuffed in her cleavage :)).  And Timberline agreed to match whatever the Sisters raised.  That's over $600 raised in 1 hour!

And of course, the Sisters joined in with a little doe-see-doe line dancing . . . in heels!

"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."  https://www.rainbowrefugee.com/

We in the North America (especially North of America) can live our lives freely and contemplate whether to go out for dinner, or dancing or staying in with our loved ones, regardless of their gender or ours.  Unfortunately our sisters and brothers in Chechnya and at least 77 other countries around the world cannot.  We cannot forget them while we enjoy our freedom.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pride Night at The Met

(L-R) Sister Fancy Pants, Postulant Kip and Reverend Mother Diversity Rains

New Westminster showed up big time for Pride Night at The Met.  The amazing staff at The Met, spear-headed by "just a waitress" Amanda Jane (her words, not ours :)) organized and ran and amazing night where they put the "fun" in fundraising.  The Sisters were invited to help sell raffle tickets for 3 prizes with all proceeds going to Rainbow Refugee.  The Bar was packed with amazing spirits (of the soul and beverage kind) that created an atmosphere that was glowing that kept the donations flowing.  In just over an hour, we raised $500 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." - https://www.rainbowrefugee.com/

In 2017, it is just mind blowing to know that society is taking steps backwards instead of forwards.  The LGBT community in Chechnya should not have to be scared for their lives.  And the unfortunate reality is that this is not isolated.  There are currently 195 countries in the world.  In 77 countries on this earth, it is illegal to be gay.  This makes the work of Rainbow Refugee so important, vital and needed.  

Thank you to everyone for contributing!

New West PRIDE Person of the Year 2016/17 Keith Oberding with the Sisters

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mr. Ruff 2017


(L-R) Aspirant Alan, Aspirant Ian, Paladin Pebbles, Alma Bitches, Reverend Mother Diversity, Sister Koo-Koo, Sister Tora and Postulant Kip

It is a beautiful thing when a community comes together.  This past very good Good Friday, Jesse won the Mr. Ruff 2017 title for not only looking the "ruff-est" but also for fundraising the highest amount for the Vancouver Sisters, over $1600.  Congratulations Jesse and thank you!

What a wild party!  The contestants, Jesse, Chris, Addison and Boy Spence, performed a striptease . . .  well, rufftease, collected donations while the votes were being tallied and helped Mr. Ruff 2016 Shane with his step-down, latex, glow-in-the-dark performance.  Many thanks to Alma for being the most awesome Bitchy host-ess!  

MN Events is an event organizer that puts on the very popular Ruff parties in Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle.  They have been wonderful supporters of the community and donates a portion of each events ticket sales to the Sisters.  Over the years, they have donated close to $15,000.  We are so appreciative of this relationship and thank Michel and Todd of MN Events for their continued support! 


Monday, April 10, 2017

Sisters Exploring Utopia

(L-R) Aspirant Kip, Sister Festivus, John Ferrie, Sister Koo-Koo, Reverend Mother Diversity

"Utopia", John Ferrie's latest show of paintings was a huge success.  The Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were there at Saint John of the Broad Stroke's invitation.  Reverend Mother Diversity Rains, Novice Mistress Koo-Koo Kachoo, Sister Festivus Illuminata, Aspirant Kip, and two Friends of the Sisters were present to share in John's venture and to bask in the beauty which he creates.  

Like many of his past painting series, Vancouver is the inspiration for the splashes of colour and curvy lines that tells a story of the city we all call home.  And everyone loved it also because 15 out of the 20 paintings in this series sold that night!  

Check out all his works at http://www.johnferrie.com/

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Coronation 46 - The Ballroom Blitz Revue

(L-R) Reverend Mother Diversity Rains, Sister Tora Wholes, Sister Fancy Pants


WOW, talk about glitz and glamour.  All the bling and pomp and pageantry was on display at Vancouver's Dogwood Monarchy Society's Coronation 46.  So many Emperors, Empresses, Princes, Princesses, Misters, Misses and Mizes were present for the step down and step up of Vancouver's new Emperor and Empress.  And the Vancouver Sisters were there to witness and celebrate the handover.

Huge congratulations to Emperor 45 Andrew Myte Von Bearstine Empress 45 Sienna Blaze and on a success year of volunteerism, philanthropy, community service and representing Vancouver all over North America.  The charities they dedicated their year to were Out in Schools, Health Initiative for Men and Rainbow Refugees.

Up next are Emperor 46 Tommy D and Empress 46 Jane Smokr.  You have very high heels to fill but the community is here to support you and we know you will amazing well.  Congratulations!

(L-R) Reverend Mother Diversity, Paladin Pebbles, Sister Tora, Paladin 'lil Randy, Sister Fancy