LGBTQ

Conservative MP Tracy Gray rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Banned from Kelowna Pride events, MP refuses to apologize for conversion therapy vote

Kelowna Pride has banned Tracy Gray from participating after her vote against conversion therapy ban

 

Three participants march at Kelowna Pride in 2019. (Kelowna Pride Society)

Peaceful protest planned against West Kelowna homophobic church

The protest comes after LGBTQ2S+ community members pushed back against the church’s statement of beliefs

 

President Joe Biding tours Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 5 Training Facility in Lanham, Md., Wednesday, Aug 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden nominates first LGBT federal appeals court nominee

Beth Robinson helped argue the first legal recognition in the country of same-sex relationships

 

Two participants march at Kelowna Pride 2019 (Kelowna Pride Society)

Kelowna Pride Week a go for September

This year’s pride week will take place from September 10 to 19

Two participants march at Kelowna Pride 2019 (Kelowna Pride Society)
The coalition was formed after an LGBTQ2S+ community town hall was hosted to hold MP Tracy Gray accountable for voting against a conversion therapy ban. (Black Press file photo)

LGBTQ2S+ coalition demands public apology from Kelowna-Lake Country MP

Tracy Gray voted against a bill banning conversion therapy in June

The coalition was formed after an LGBTQ2S+ community town hall was hosted to hold MP Tracy Gray accountable for voting against a conversion therapy ban. (Black Press file photo)
Advocacy Canada is a local group founded by community member Wilbur Turner. (Pexels)

Okanagan advocacy group to compile list of LGBTQ2S+ friendly churches

The list aims to expose churches that are openly hostile to LGBTQ2S+ people in the region

Advocacy Canada is a local group founded by community member Wilbur Turner. (Pexels)
The pride flag flies following a raising ceremony on Parliament Hill Wednesday June 1, 2016 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Businesses in Canadian, American gay villages struggle amid pandemic: study

Most businesses in the villages fell under the retail, restaurant and entertainment categories

The pride flag flies following a raising ceremony on Parliament Hill Wednesday June 1, 2016 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Conservative MP Eric Duncan rises in the House of Commons, in Ottawa, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. The Conservative Member of Parliament has talked openly in the House of Commons about being a gay man while pushing the Liberal government to fulfill a two-time campaign pledge to end the ban on blood donations from men who have sex with other men. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Conservative MP Eric Duncan rises in the House of Commons, in Ottawa, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. The Conservative Member of Parliament has talked openly in the House of Commons about being a gay man while pushing the Liberal government to fulfill a two-time campaign pledge to end the ban on blood donations from men who have sex with other men. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison. Photo: Submitted

Kootenay-Columbia MP votes against banning LGBTQ2S+ conversion therapy

Rob Morrison said he wanted to ensure ‘voluntary conversations’ wouldn’t be outlawed

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison. Photo: Submitted
Kelowna-Lake Country MP Tracy Gray

Kelowna-Lake Country MP votes against ban on conversion therapy over wording of legislation

Tracy Gray is one of 63 MP across Canada to vote against Bill C-6

Kelowna-Lake Country MP Tracy Gray
Darrien McWatters of Summerland came out publicly as transgender in January, 2018. (Contributed)

Summerland firefighter’s transgender identity began 3 years ago

‘My personality hasn’t changed. I just say I’m in a prettier package now.’

Darrien McWatters of Summerland came out publicly as transgender in January, 2018. (Contributed)
Madeline Terbasket, aka Rez Daddy, is a Syilx, Ho-chunk and Anishinaabe performer who uses burlesque and drag to safely express their sexuality as a Two-Spirit person. Photo submitted by Madeline Terbasket.

Rez Daddy take on ‘pandemic blues’ as part of South Okanagan Similkameen Pride

The event is scheduled to take place via Zoom on June 16 at 7 p.m.

Madeline Terbasket, aka Rez Daddy, is a Syilx, Ho-chunk and Anishinaabe performer who uses burlesque and drag to safely express their sexuality as a Two-Spirit person. Photo submitted by Madeline Terbasket.
Vancouver Canucks players wore rainbow-coloured jerseys and matching Pride tape on their sticks for a game at Rogers Arena in 2018. (Vancouver Canucks photo/Twitter)

Task force shares ideas to help Canadian sports associations be more LGBTQ-inclusive

Canada’s Sport Inclusion Task Force launches website during Pride Month

Vancouver Canucks players wore rainbow-coloured jerseys and matching Pride tape on their sticks for a game at Rogers Arena in 2018. (Vancouver Canucks photo/Twitter)
BGC Okanagan is shedding its old brand with the goal of reflecting their values of inclusivity and positivity. (BGC Okanagan/Facebook)

Boys and Girls Clubs Okanagan re-brands to be more inclusive

The club has removed gender from its name

BGC Okanagan is shedding its old brand with the goal of reflecting their values of inclusivity and positivity. (BGC Okanagan/Facebook)
The rainbow crosswalk at Glover Road and Mary Avenue in Fort Langley has been temporarily covered up for the filming of a movie. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
The rainbow crosswalk at Glover Road and Mary Avenue in Fort Langley has been temporarily covered up for the filming of a movie. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson at the start of a meeting with Mayors of Canada’s largest cities in Ottawa on February 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Trudeau ‘appalled’ by homophobic graffiti outside Ottawa mayor’s home

Jim Watson, who became Ottawa’s longest-serving mayor on Saturday, came out as a gay man in August 2019

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson at the start of a meeting with Mayors of Canada’s largest cities in Ottawa on February 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Coldstream residents discovered the previously targeted rainbow crosswalk (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

North Okanagan rainbow crosswalk vandalized again

The colourful crosswalk at Kal Beach was installed in 2017 as a symbol of inclusion of LGBTQ+ community

Coldstream residents discovered the previously targeted rainbow crosswalk (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Shuswap organization Essie’s Place wishes to connect with the LGBTIQ2+ community in the region, learn about their quality of life and help them find resources needed to improve it. (Essie’s Place/Facebook image)

Organization created to support Shuswap’s LGBTIQ2+ community

Essie’s Place founders already uncovering different needs within the region

Shuswap organization Essie’s Place wishes to connect with the LGBTIQ2+ community in the region, learn about their quality of life and help them find resources needed to improve it. (Essie’s Place/Facebook image)
Justin Morissette is still recovering from the injuries sustained in the altercation. He is not yet able to walk without assistance. (Justin Morissette, Twitter)

B.C. man suing city and police over violent altercation with anti-LGBTQ preacher

Justin Morissette argues police knew the threat the preacher posed, and failed to keep the peace

Justin Morissette is still recovering from the injuries sustained in the altercation. He is not yet able to walk without assistance. (Justin Morissette, Twitter)
Supt. Kara Triance, detachment commander for the Kelowna RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

RCMP offers apology to Kelowna Pride Society for ‘misstep’

The apology comes following the launch of the Kelowna Safe Place Program

Supt. Kara Triance, detachment commander for the Kelowna RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)