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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 centers some of the most marginalized indigenous 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.

In 2020, MangoSweet & Pride went virtual and created HotFruit: 5G featuring LE1F & Chaka Khan.
 
2020 & in the spring of 2021 also saw:
  • A free and public annual, anti-oppression and anti-racism workshop series led primarily by racialized facilitators
  • Prioritization of QTBIPOC talent as headliners and performers at all events
  • Creation of a Black Queer Organizer bursary fund for Black spaces organized by and for Black folks during Pride
  • An annual two-spirit event led by and for two-spirit community members and organizations
  • A virtual QTBIPOC Talent Showcase

For Pride 2021, some initiatives we are taking include:

  • Together Again, a QTBIPOC PrideFest Slot co-produced with LEVEL UP
  • QTBIPOC Screening event with Vancouver Queer Film Fest
  • Supporting 4 Black Queer organized events during Pride Season
  • Supporting Normie Corp, a QTBIPOC led drag collective, to host an event
  • The VanPride Classroom series featuring predominately QTBIPOC facilitators
Our Way Forward 
In 2022 & beyond our plans include:
  • A QTBIPOC Pride Pool Party
  • A QTBIPOC Parade Viewing Zone
  • Another QTBIPOC Talent Show

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