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May love overcome fear and hatred

Victoria Pride Parade 2016

The Victoria Pride Parade was held on July 10, 2016, moving from Government Street to MacDonald Park. Over 100 groups and floats--including local businesses and non-profits--helped celebrate the day.

George Takei backs bid to move Sochi Olympics to Vancouver

Vancouver Olympics, again? Star Trek icon George Takei thinks it's a good idea for the gay-friendly city.
Pride Week in Vancouver

Vancouver's Gay Pride Parade gets civic status

A few days after speaking out against anti-LGBTQ violence, Mayor Gregor Robertson declared the Vancouver Pride Parade a civic parade for the first time.

Mayor Robertson slams anti-gay violence and discrimination in Russia

Mayor Gregor Robertson releases a statement supporting equality for LGBTQ in Russia ahead of 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Gay Pride Parade paints Vancouver rainbow colours: slide show

The streets of downtown Vancouver were transformed into a sea of bright feather boas, glitter, and colourful budgie-smugglers as a crowd of over half a million people from around the world gathered...

Donald Trump's strange response to Miss Universe transgender controversy

As a result of Jenna Talackova's public battle to be re-entered into the Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant, organizers will be changing rules to allow transgender contestants, according to GLAAD.

Transgender Jenna Talackova tells Donald Trump to clear up beauty pageant rules

In a press conference this morning, Talackova and her lawyer called Miss Universe out for discrimination against trans people and for being unclear if Talackova will be allowed to compete after all.

Transsexual Jenna Talackova to speak today about Miss Universe decision

Transsexual beauty contestant Jenna Talackova is set to talk today about Miss Universe Canada, which just announced that she may re-qualify to compete.