Out in Vancouver, Nov 1-9 with Tom Coleman

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Well Hallowe’en is over and pot stocks are crashing - thankfully we have Tom to look into the future and find us all sorts of bright affairs to look forward to! Galas and fundraisers, a new weekly beer night, and some old favourites - enjoy!

Thursday, Nov 1

Red Light Labour Book Launch

Join several chapter authors from BC in celebrating the recent publication of "Red Light Labour: Sex Work, Regulation, Agency and Resistance". This new book highlights the activism, advocacy and resilience of sex workers in the face of stigma and criminalization and a few of the authors will also be reading selections from their chapters.

7—9pm. 1101 Seymour St. Red Light Labour

 

Friday, Nov 2

Fanfiction Deathmatch: Harry Potter

Ever thought you could write a better chapter about Harry Potter: like losing his cherry to Dumbledor? Now is your chance to see if any Vancouver writers have the same thoughts in the smuttiest, sexiest, most hilarious competition you'll ever see. They've challenged eight writers to come up with the most erotic fanfiction they can develop, utilizing a simple theme: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. They'll be read aloud, blind, by performers onstage as you, the audience, decides who moves on to next month's show and secures a spot in the Season Finale Deathmatch.

7—9pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Cover $15 at door. Fanfiction Deathmatch

Fatale

Thought Halloween events were over, think again, but at least you can ditch the sweaty costume. Here is a post Halloween dance party with host Rogue and performances by South East, Boss, Continental Breakfast and probably a few surprises as well.

10pm—3am. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Cover $8. Fatale

 

Saturday, Nov 3

Big Gay Sword Day

I know what you are thinking but there are no exposed Big Gay Swords here, sorry Sydney. Join us for a showcase of four of the awesomest queer instructors in the Pacific Northwest! This one-day event features workshops from:  Vancouver Strength Collective , Lonin League and Valkyrie Western Martial Arts Assembly . Workshops will run from 1 to 1.5 hours and will cover topics including footwork and body mechanics; breathing and perception; technical swordplay fun; partner skills and communication. Be ready to sweat a lot, think a lot, and have some big feelings.

10am—5:30pm. Valkyrie Western Martial Arts Assembly, 2603 Kingsway St. Event Prices $42--$84. Big Gay Sword Day

Storytelling With Drag Queens For Kids

Another first for Port Moody as they have their very first Storytelling with Drag Queens for Kids event at the Port Moody Public Library! This is a fun glamourous daytime event as Drag Queens read from their favourite picture books to kids. Featuring the wonderful Gay Sha, Tommi Horror and Tara B reading to support gender diversity and literacy in a fun and inclusive environment. Based on NYC's Famous Drag Queen Story Hour at the Brooklyn Public Library and San Francisco libraries but with a North West Coast flavour.

1—2:30pm. Port Moody Public Library, 100 Newport Dr, Port Moody. Free admission. Storytelling With Drag Queens

Meet and Greet: Brain Storm

Come join in for the Autistiqueer Collective's highly anticipated first meet-and-greet. This event is about pulling the community together and finding out what YOU would like to see them do with this project. Join a team, share your experiences, or just come to witness the awkward social dynamic of a room full of people who don't get subtext talking about gender, sex, and politics.

5:30—7:30pm. Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Dr. No cover. Autisiqueers Collective

16th Annual Out On-Screen Fall Gala

They're back for the year's must-attend event: the Out On Screen Fall Gala! This year's fabulous cocktail party and art auction will once again support the Out In Schools program and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Party with the who’s who of Vancouver’s LGBT2Q+ communities, take home one of 20 stunning pieces, no not any of the who’s who, but actual pieces created by local and Canadian artists. Be a part of increasing queer, trans, and two-spirit representation in film and society.

6:30—11:30pm. Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, 162 West 1st Ave. Tickets $50--$100 and more info at Out On Screen

Trivia Night Fundraiser With Peach Cobblah

Proving she is not just a pretty face, Peach Cobblah is also an excellent hostess and tonight you can see for yourself. Tonight she has the privilege of hosting this fundraiser again for Vancouver International Children's Festival. Make no mistake, they don’t kid around at this trivia night. Be in it to win it and help support a vital part of this city. And get boozy with her. Gather your teams and consider yourselves warned.

7—11pm. Loungeworks Showroom, 130 West 4th Ave. Tickets, $22, and more info at Children's Festival

Sunday, Nov 4

Sanctuary

After all it is Sunday, why not try a different type of Church, the Church of Drag. You will be feeling too blessed when Alma Bitches, aka Mother Superior, purges your transgressions with her evening sermon. You will be sweating out those sins on the dance floor when Dj G-Luve offers all you heathens Communion after the show - a dance party to exorcise your demons. Dibs on the altar boys.

11pm. 1181, 1181 Davie St. Cover $3. Sanctuary

Monday, Nov 5

Beers For Queers: Bottoms Up

The first Monday of each month Northpaw Brew Co promotes a safe space for all members of the LGBTQ community interested in getting together and having a good night of Brew & Friends.

5pm. Northpaw Brewery, #2150-570 Sherling place, Port Coquitlam.  Beers For Queers

Condom Packing Party

For those of you that scoop up your supply of condoms at every bar you go into, it is time for you to give back. No not the used condoms, but your expertise at stuffing things into tight spaces. Chat with other volunteers as you help cram, stuff, and pack condoms and lube into cute little packages. You even get to finish the evening off with a meal from one of the fabulous restaurants in the neighbourhood. Hosted by HIM and this week’s guests Vancouver Men In Leather.

6pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. HIM Condom Packing Party

Quizzin With Carin

If you have always avoided Trivia Nights because you think they are like a Catholic school study group rest assured, there are no nuns here, and there is no confessional in the washroom. Every Monday night, come in with your team, have a few drinks and grab some food and see if your team could get a chance to be the winners for some amazing prizes.

7:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. No cover. Junction Pub

Wednesday, Nov 7

Foreplay: The Pre-Summit Social

On the night before the CBRC's 14th Annual Gay Men's Health Summit, come mix and mingle with presenters, organizers, and fellow summit attendees. There will be great food and even greater company. 

6—10pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. No cover. Foreplay

Drag Fix & Chill

Finally, you get to sit in a dab lounge and watch a drag show, although just as you are smoking weed, so are they. If Alma starts to do a cartwheel all I can say is RUN! Alma Bitches, in association with Cannabis Culture Davie, is very proud to present the first instalment of "Drag Fix and Chill. Haven't you always wanted to smoke the devil's lettuce and watch a drag show at the same time?

8:30—11:30pm. Cannabis Culture, 1674 Davie St. No cover. Drag Fix & Chill

The Barron Gurl Show

Looking for a good old-time classy show with drag, sass, wit & humour? Carlotta Gurl and Isolde N Barron, have you covered. A great night for a date or even just to go alone and meet new friends and enjoy. These gals never cease to amaze.

10:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Barron Gurl Show

Thursday, Nov 8

14th Annual Gay Men’s Health Summit

Loneliness, anxiety and depression are no strangers to those who have been denied equal status in society. Growing up in a heteronormative and ciscentric world, many gay, bi, trans, Two-Spirit, queer (GBT2Q), and other men who have sex with men. From microaggressions to institutionalized discrimination, these societal norms can have lasting impact on our mental health. Combined with stigma towards, and within, our communities (including racism, HIV-stigma and transphobia). The 14th Annual Summit provides a forum for identifying and addressing issues in GBT2Q and other men who have sex with men across Canada. Summit runs until Saturday, Nov 10.

Tickets $40 and up, registration and more info at Gay Men's Health Summit

The Smoke Show

Officially launched October 26 this new weekly event is a professional modern dance cabaret evening abundant in uncomfortable intimacy, ambiguity, comedic clichés, provocative interaction and of course, wild seduction.

9:00 pm. Thursdays XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. $20 online, $25 at the door. The Smoke Show

Friday, Nov 9

Black: Matthew Dear

Bunnies are cute. Bunnies are weird. They’re soft. They’re sexy. They’re lucky. They wildly procreate. Bunny is the much anticipated new album by eclectic producer Matthew Dear on the celebrated label he co-founded Ghostly International, with two songs featuring Canada's Tegan and Sara .

9pm. Rickshaw Theatre, 254 East Hastings St. Tickets $25--$35 and more info at Matthew Dear

Kingdom

Take two of the hottest men working on Davie St, take off the shirts (of course), throw in hot dancers, sexy visuals and much more: what do you have? A regal night of luxury and sex: Kingdom, a club night fundraiser benefiting the Dogwood Monarch Society featuring the Imperial Crown Princes: Strongjaws and Nick Bertossi.

10pm—3am. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. $10 at door. Kingdom With Strongjaws & Bertossi

 

Tom Coleman