Around the world people of all ages see Vancouver as a stunningly beautiful city full of exhilirating outdoor pursuits with really pricey real estate and a distinctly multi-cultural, laid back, west coast vibe. But did you also know that it's one of the best places in the world to be gay? There are laws protecting us from discrimination of any kind in the work place, the ability to marry the person we love regardless of gender and our vibrant community, which spreads from its heart in the West-End to Commercial Drive, Mount Pleasant and beyond. It's maybe why young gay men and women from all over Canada- and the world- move here every year.

So let me take a moment to introduce myself. For those of you who don't know me, I'm a Vancouver-based writer and film maker who has spent the last few years traveling the globe with a multi-award-winning documentary about Gay Pride world-wide, Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride. After visiting many cities and speaking about gay issues I am happy to be back home where I can begin production on my next feature and start creating some valuable rainbow-hued content for The Vancouver Observer!

I'll be looking at local issues of relevance, the arts and events, and I'll also be grabbing the very best content from across Canada and around the globe. Stories that matter to us as a community. Stories that we should know and be talking about as we sip our five-dollar lattes, as we stroll the sea wall; stories that will become great conversation-starters for when we meet that sexy, potential new friend.

On that note: if you think you've got something to say about any of the above or consider yourself an expert in LGBTQ issues, especially as they pertain to living life to its fullest here in Lotusland, be sure to contact me here and I'll do my best to get your stories up!

Once again, welcome to Vancouver's Big Gay Blog!