About Us

QTBIPOC

The Land We Are On

VPS exists on the unceded, occupied, traditional and ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw {Squamish), and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. We are grateful to the Indigenous peoples of these nations who have cared for these lands since time immemorial. 

We recognize that homophobia and transphobia were brought here through colonization and that the fight against these forms of oppression requires the work of decolonization. 

We realize that the work we are able to do could not happen without the wisdom and intelligence of the two-spirit people and organizations that have taught us, stuck with us, and led us through organizational changes to better serve our LGBTQAI2S+ communities. We hold our hands up to thank them for their brilliance, resilience, patience and strength.

We know that uplifting LGBTQAI2S+ lives also include serving the Indigenous people of these lands we occupy, build community and celebrate on. 

We see ourselves doing that work by:

  • Continue building our relationship with our Host Nations
  • Paying all our Elders for their knowledge and time for any knowledge sharing 
  • Giving honorariums and gifting blankets for Land Welcomes at all of our events 
  • Acknowledge the unceded land we are on in our written material.
  • Creating and maintaining community partnerships with all of our host nations and different Indigenous serving organizations.
  • We are helping facilitate a two-spirit pride event for 2021.
  • Facilitators that we hire and work for are committed to approaching this work with a decolonial practice that centres some of the most marginalized indeginous voices.
  • Facilitating anti-/de-colonial and intersectional training for staff, volunteers and board.

 

Our Commitment to QTBIPOC Communities

VPS is diligently working on serving and listening to our QTBIPOC (Queer/Trans/Two Spirit who are also Black/Indigenous/People of Colour) communities. We recognize that without the active involvement and leadership of queer and trans folks from BIPOC communities, we fundamentally cannot achieve our mandate of producing inclusive events and advocating for LGBTQAI2S+ communities. 

 

Our Work 

In 2019, we extended our ongoing community consultation process with a specific QTBIPOC consultation. In these consultations, we heard that we need to support QTBIPOC events and further amplify the work organizers are already doing. During Pride 2019, we set out to do exactly that.

MangoSweet, a QTBIPOC DJ/organizing duo, partnered with us to produce Hot Fruit:Big Sweat, a free QTBIPOC dance party with over 450 attendees. Through this event, we were also able to put $10,392 directly into the hands of 29 different QTBIPOC artists, performers, DJs and event crew.

In November 2019, we hosted our first QTBIPOC Pop-Up Pride with a talent showcase. We had a full house for eight different QTBIPOC talent acts.

 

Our Way Forward 

We are currently working on:

  • A QTBIPOC Pride Pool Party
  • A QTBIPOC Parade Viewing Zone
  • Another QTBIPOC Talent Show 

Due to COVID-19, we have had to pause our plans for these exciting, in-person initiatives…but that doesn’t mean we won’t be bringing you quality QTBIPOC content! 

Tune into Vancouver Virtual Pride 2020 where we will be featuring talented QTBIPOC performers and artists throughout the week. 

Looking for events which specifically centre QTBIPOC artists? Look for the  Pride Ball with Van Vogue Jam, Hot Fruit: 5G – A QTBIPOC Pride Celebration followed by a performance by our exciting surprise headliner! 

If you would like to send in your feedback, suggestions or questions, please email Serene at scarter@vancouverpride.ca.