Pride

The Festival kicked off with a bike parade from City Hall in Fernie on September 22. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Elk Valley Pride Festival kicks off in Fernie

A small crowd gathered for a flag raising and remarks at City Hall on Thursday afternoon

 

Fernie Pride volunteers helping bring a little more rainbow fabulousness to downtown Fernie, just in time for the Elk Valley Pride Festival. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie gets more rainbows for pride

Fernie has a re-vitalized rainbow crosswalk just in time for the Elk Valley Pride Festival

 

Pride and Transgender flags wave on the lawn of Fernie’s City Hall. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Elk Valley Pride Festival around the corner

The 2022 festival will be from September 21 to 25

  • Sep 19, 2022

 

FBC production supervisor Anita Roloff showing off a new limited-edition ‘Crafted with Love’ t-shirt. (Contributed by FBC)

Fernie Brewing and Fernie Pride collaborate to release limited edition brew and merch for pride festival

Try out the brew at the FBC on September 22, or buy a fancy new shirt

FBC production supervisor Anita Roloff showing off a new limited-edition ‘Crafted with Love’ t-shirt. (Contributed by FBC)
The Fernie Heritage Library hosted Drag Queen Storytime as a part of a previous Pride Festival. Free Press file

Elk Valley Pride Festival returning to Fernie in September

The goal of the festival is to celebrate the queer community in the region

The Fernie Heritage Library hosted Drag Queen Storytime as a part of a previous Pride Festival. Free Press file
The exhibit is open for the next two weeks. (Image courtesy of Fernie Pride Society)

Exhibit shines a rainbow on Elk Valley 2SLGBTQ+ community

‘I AM HERE’ is a portrait exhibit of the local queer community

The exhibit is open for the next two weeks. (Image courtesy of Fernie Pride Society)
Charlotte Mortimer, from left, vice president Williams Lake Pride Society (WLPS), Billie Sheridan, secretary for WLPS, Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars, Mayor Walt Cobb and Sonny Dyck, WLPS president, all stand under the newly raised Pride flag in front of city hall. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

VIDEO: Pride in the Puddle kicks off first official Pride week for Cariboo town

Rainbow Pride flag raised at city hall Aug. 15 marking the beginning of Pride week in Williams Lake

Charlotte Mortimer, from left, vice president Williams Lake Pride Society (WLPS), Billie Sheridan, secretary for WLPS, Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars, Mayor Walt Cobb and Sonny Dyck, WLPS president, all stand under the newly raised Pride flag in front of city hall. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Rainbow flags and coloured balloons are shown at the site where the Montreal Pride parade was supposed to start from in Montreal, Sunday, August 7, 2022. Festival organizers cancelled the parade over concerns for security due to the lack of staff. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Montreal Pride Parade organizers cancel event, citing lack of security

More than 80 volunteers were absent, according to organizer

Rainbow flags and coloured balloons are shown at the site where the Montreal Pride parade was supposed to start from in Montreal, Sunday, August 7, 2022. Festival organizers cancelled the parade over concerns for security due to the lack of staff. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Eva Moore (center), an openly queer pediatrician, is pictured with her wife, Hope Forstenzer (bottom left), and their two children. (Photo: Eva Moore).

Being queer in medicine: Vancouver pediatrician reflects on Pride, connecting with patients

Pediatrician talks about coming out at work and moving past internalized oppression

Eva Moore (center), an openly queer pediatrician, is pictured with her wife, Hope Forstenzer (bottom left), and their two children. (Photo: Eva Moore).
Delta police are hoping the public can help identify a suspect caught on camera defacing a Pride flag outside the entrance to Ladner United Church in the early hours of Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (Delta Police Department video screen shot)

VIDEO: Police investigating after B.C. church’s Pride flag vandalized

Delta police have released security footage in the hope that someone can help identify the suspect

Delta police are hoping the public can help identify a suspect caught on camera defacing a Pride flag outside the entrance to Ladner United Church in the early hours of Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (Delta Police Department video screen shot)
Toronto-based graphic designer Dylan Horner is shown in this undated handout photo. Horner says a lot of the marketing campaigns he’s come across during Pride month make him cringe. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Dylan Horner *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Corporate Pride campaigns are back. But advocates want more than ‘rainbow washing’

Public displays of support need to be backed up by action in other 11 months of year, say advocates

Toronto-based graphic designer Dylan Horner is shown in this undated handout photo. Horner says a lot of the marketing campaigns he’s come across during Pride month make him cringe. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Dylan Horner *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Christopher Moore (centre) leads a group of bikers at the front of Nelson’s first Pride Parade in 1996. The parade nearly didn’t happen due to public pressure and concerns for the lives of participants. Photo courtesy Touchstones Nelson LGBTQ2S+ Archives

West Kootenay’s 2SLGTBQIA+ history comes out in new documentary

Queering The Interior premiers June 22 in Nelson

Christopher Moore (centre) leads a group of bikers at the front of Nelson’s first Pride Parade in 1996. The parade nearly didn’t happen due to public pressure and concerns for the lives of participants. Photo courtesy Touchstones Nelson LGBTQ2S+ Archives
Courtney Baker (left) of the Fernie Pride Society and Andrea Brennan, reverend canon with Christ Church Anglican and the Fernie Knox United Church. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie workshop addresses LGBTQ inclusion in business

The event brought in 50 people from varied sectors and organizations

Courtney Baker (left) of the Fernie Pride Society and Andrea Brennan, reverend canon with Christ Church Anglican and the Fernie Knox United Church. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The District of Sparwood is flying a progress pride flag for the whole of June, 2022. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood flies pride flag for first time

The district is flying the flag for the whole of pride month

The District of Sparwood is flying a progress pride flag for the whole of June, 2022. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
A sneak peak at some of the items that will be in a draw basket at the very first Vanderhoof Pride event. (Kjerstina Larsen/Facebook)

B.C. community to hold first official Pride event in its history

Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen plans to attend the event to promote inclusivity

A sneak peak at some of the items that will be in a draw basket at the very first Vanderhoof Pride event. (Kjerstina Larsen/Facebook)
Carolin Fullrich of Fernie Pride Society at the 2021 Elk Valley Pride Festival showing off some radical Fernie Pride merch. (Vince Mo)

Fernie Pride launches T-shirt design competition ahead of 2022 pride festival

The winning design will appear on merch for the festival

Carolin Fullrich of Fernie Pride Society at the 2021 Elk Valley Pride Festival showing off some radical Fernie Pride merch. (Vince Mo)
Pride and Transgender flags wave on the lawn of Fernie's City Hall. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Fernie Pride launches inclusivity survey

The survey will help identify gaps in supports for the LGBTQ2+ community in the Elk Valley

Pride and Transgender flags wave on the lawn of Fernie's City Hall. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
The freshly re-painted rainbow crossings in Fernie in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Rainbow crossings come to Fernie

Volunteers painted the crossings at 3rd Ave and 5th Street in Fernie in pride colours

The freshly re-painted rainbow crossings in Fernie in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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)
Fernie Pride is gearing up to help paint the four crosswalks at the intersection of 3rd Ave and 5th Street in Fernie to observe Pride Month in 2021. (Image contributed by Courtney Baker)

Fernie to get rainbow crosswalks for Pride Month

The intersection of 3rd Ave and 5th Street will have it’s crosswalks painted all the colours of the rainbow

Fernie Pride is gearing up to help paint the four crosswalks at the intersection of 3rd Ave and 5th Street in Fernie to observe Pride Month in 2021. (Image contributed by Courtney Baker)