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About Us

Our Mission

Vancouver Pride Society strives to produce inclusive, celebratory events, and advocate for 2SLGBTQAI+ communities through an intersectional lens.

The Vancouver Pride Society

Strives to produce events that reflect the pride the 2SLGBTQAI+ community has in itself, by strengthening the sense of community, and contributing to the vibrancy, health and overall well-being of all persons in the community.

Is a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations from participants and sponsors. All donations collected by the VPS go directly into producing future events, or to support community initiatives.

The VPS raises thousands of dollars annually for community organizations and charities, through direct fundraising events and partnerships. Fundraising also helps other local non-profits sustain their services for those who require assistance.

Values

Ongoing Meaningful ReconciliAction: VPS acknowledges that we are occupying the ancestral and stolen lands of the xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We commit to the advisory of Indigenous perspectives while we repair our relationships with our Host Nations. We commit to celebrating and centralizing Two Spirit, Trans and Queer Indigenous Peoples in our operations, programming and advocacy. 

 

Unapologetically Queer + Intersectional: Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) is unapologetically queer. We acknowledge that there is strength in our collective and individual experience(s) and that lived experiences are intersectional. We recognize that our work must be equitable to Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (QTBIPoC) to represent all of our communities. We understand it is a privilege to express ourselves openly and freely in Canada. We stand in solidarity with our communities globally who continue to face harm for who they are.

VPS commits to respecting, celebrating and honouring all members of our community, regardless of sexual orientation, gender; gender expression, race; age, body type, personal ability, religious or social affiliation and beliefs; and socio-economic status.

*Queer connoting 2SLGBTQAI+

 

Accountable to Racialized Communities: VPS acknowledges the harm the organization has caused to QTBIPoC community members. Equity starts with representation and opportunity, which we commit to reflect in our operations and programming. We acknowledge that our accountability, learning and unlearning are never-ending. We commit to engaging in restorative justice processes and continuous community consultation to regain the trust of QTBIPoC communities.

 

Accountability: VPS commits to remaining accountable to our community and membership by ensuring transparency in our policies, committing to reviewing our practice and engaging in meaningful dialogue with our community and membership.

VPS commits to holding our sponsors, vendors, artists and community partners accountable for their actions, policies and practices.

 

Accessibility + Equitability: VPS continues to transition our operations and events to be accessible for all bodies, mindsets and abilities; and will continue to evolve our offerings and accommodations to reflect the needs and visions of our communities.

 

Safety: The safety and well-being of our stakeholders and community members are of the utmost importance. We commit to co-creating safer spaces by appropriately planning and providing sufficient resources.

 

Environmental Sustainability: VPS commits to policies and practices that minimize the environmental impacts and consumption associated with our events and operations.

Collaboration + Shared Space: VPS commits to engaging with Vancouver communities and the wider Lower Mainland by sharing opportunities for collaboration and utilizing VPS resources. We commit to prioritizing equity-deserving communities to reflect queer life in Vancouver.

Supporting Pride

Please contact us to learn about supporting pride through: being a volunteer, becoming a corporate or community partner, helping us with community outreach, advertising with us, being a part of our fabulous parade, or being a vendor or exhibitor at one of our events!

To contact Vancouver Pride, e-mail us at office@vancouverpride.ca.