Friday, January 27, 2017

Prides of Whistler

Sister Fancy Pants, Reverend Mother Diversity Rains and Paladin 'lil Randy

Whistler Pride celebrates it's 25th Anniversary this year and the Sisters were on hand to help parade and carry the incredibly large pride flag through the village.

This was also the 7th year that a parade was held and keeping with the tradition of Whistler, the parade started with a group of skiers and snowboarders sliding down Whistler mountain carrying multiple large Pride flags.  At the base of the mountain next to the gondola, many festive pictures were taken before the Sisters became part of the flag bearing team that led the parade.  This week-long celebration is not just about parades and parties.  It is also an opportunity to fundraise with proceeds from one of the major parties benefitting Foundation of Hope and Rainbow Refugees.

Considering the various, multiple dangerous political climates of the world, it was unimaginable that a need would actually be coming from south of our borders.

Whistler Pride is also Canada's first Pride celebration of the year and they kicked the season off proudly and fantastically.  This year, more than ever, everyone needs to celebrate their pride and to not be silent in that celebration.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Women's March for ALL

Reverend Mother Diversity Rains and Sister Fancy Pants

Reverend Mother Diversity Rains, Sister Fancy Pants and Paladin 'lil Randy joined hundred of thousands of marchers for Vancouver's edition of the global movement, the Women's March, a solidarity march in support of tolerance and basic human rights.

The crowd was very encouraging in that people of all ages, races, orientations and genders were represented.  Banners promoting positivity, change and a slew of different causes were raised high and proud.

A comment was made that 35 years ago, there was a similar march held in Vancouver and that it was unfortunate that another march had to happen.  Change is slow and culture is slow to change.  That is why the ongoing fight is so important.  Yesterday, the political and cultural landscape officially changed because their side fought us and they won.  It's our turn to fight back and stand up for change that will benefit all instead of the privileged few.  Looking around, all the minority groups came together and became the majority.  

That is why we all unite together today.  Today, the Vancouver Sisters joined 40 other Abbeys around the world to stand up for our communities rights and freedom.  For the communities where there is no Abbey, we stand with you also.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Birthday Suit

Reverend Mother Diversity Rains, The Junction Manager Byron, Sister Festivus Illuminata

The Sisters were out to help celebrate the birthdays of 3 community leaders, Chief Byron Longclaws (a different Byron, who knew there were so many of them? :)), James Roger Hurston and Regent Emperor XLV Andrew Von Bearstien Myte.  There were some amazing lip syncing and live singing performances, including our own Reverend Mother Diversity.  

A very big thank you goes to The Junction Pub for their continued community support!

Happy Birthday to the Birthday Boys!!!  Mwah!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Rhinestone Phoenix Rising

Sister Fancy Pants and Paladin 'lil Randy

What a wonderful show put on by the Rhinestone Phoenix Charity Foundation!

Amazing performers, including our own Paladin 'lil Randy (lip syncing, en francais) and Reverend Mother Diversity (singing live, acapella)!  What talents lies beneath them wimples.  It was a jam-packed show and audience.  

The Rhinestone Phoenix Charity Foundation has been proudly representing the LGBTQ community since 1980 through it's many fundraising endeavours and work with other organizations of the community.  Mr., Ms. & Miss. Gay Vancouver work hard volunteering their time, money and talent each year, representing our community by raising funds and awareness of local causes and issues.

It may be cold outside the Rhinestone Phoenix was rising out of the cold and creating their own fire! 

Find out more about the Rhinestone Phoenix Charity Foundation and their events at https://www.facebook.com/groups/RhinestonePhoenix/

Monday, January 2, 2017

Random Act of Kindness


Hi all! 

I wanted to share a random act of kindness story with you.

Tora, Fancy and I were working at the door at Ruff New Year's Eve. The event was sold out and was, in fact, oversold because of a computer glitch. So, we had only 10 tickets to sell at the door, hoping that not everyone would show. Around 11pm, we were nearing capacity, so ticket sales were a definite no-no.

Stephen Rodrozen, one of the co-owners of Rodrozen Designs, which helps sponsor the Ruff parties, had just checked in and was waiting for coat check. Behind him was a young man who was from Montreal and wanted to buy a ticket. I told him that we were sold out and he looked very sad. Stephen turned around and said, "You can give him my other ticket, as my partner is not coming".  A great start to 2017 :-)

Cheers and happy new year everyone!

Paladin Pebbles