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The largest gay population in Western Canada lives in this ocean-wrapped and snow-capped city.  Vancouver has a long record of advocacy for the GLBT community.  British Columbia was among the first Canadian provinces to legalize gay marriage, and Vancouver today is a sought after destination for same-sex weddings.  Plus, both the 1990 Gay Games and the 2011 North America Outgames were held in the city. 

The gay community is centered around two different neighbourhoods.  Davie Street, in downtown's West End, is the epicenter of the gay scene. This quaint, residential area boasts cafes, casual eateries and some of the city's best nightlife, not to mention the nearby beaches of English Bay.  Meanwhile, on the city's eastern fringe, Commerical Drive is popular among Vancouver's thriving lesbian community.  It's packed with ethnic restaurants, cute cafes and one-off shops. 

The undisputed highlight of the GLBT year in Vancouver is the annual Pride Parade and Festival.  Held every summer, the parade brings out up to 600,000 spectators and is Western Canada's largest Pride event.  It's preceded by a week of parties, cruises, dances and gala beer gardens throughout the city.  Summer also brings the annual Queer Film Festival, with upward of 10,000 fans turning out for a week of independent queer cinema, workshops and discussions.  And every winter nearby Whistler hosts WinterPRIDE, a gay ski week marked by lavish parties, culinary events and some of the best skiing in North America.

Throughout the year, Vancouver has a vibrant GLBT bar and club scene.  The action centres around Davie Street, which draws both queer and straight crowds with some of the city's best nightlife.  Clubs, including Vancouver institution Celebrities, pack guests in with international DJs and special theme nights.  Boutique lounges, including sophisticated 1181 and Oasis Ultra, offer a more subdued atmosphere for chatting and cocktails.   Meanwhile, pubs, including Score, the city's only gay sports bar, serve drinks in a more casual setting.
 
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2014 Pride Week

  • July 26 - August 03
  • various venues, see event details
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36th Annual Vancouver PRIDE Parade

  • August 03 - August 03
  • The parade begins at Robson Street and Thurlow Street
  • Admission: FREE!
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5th Annual Big Gay Sing!

  • August 03 - August 03
  • Roundhouse Community Centre
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3
  • Admission: $20.00
  • Phone: 604-669-7464
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Bingo for Life

  • September 04 - September 03
  • Celebrities Nightclub
  • 1022 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC
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Davie Street Block Party Presented by Barefoot

  • August 01 - August 01
  • 2 community blocks (Thurlow-Jervis)
  • Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE!
  • Contact: Vancouver Pride Society
  • Phone: 604-687-0955
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Ensemble Theatre Company presents The Normal Heart

  • July 14 - August 16
  • Jericho Arts Centre
  • 1675 Discovery St
    Vancouver, BC V6R 4K5
  • Admission: $25.00 Adults / $20.00 Seniors/Students
  • Venue: Ensemble Theatre Company
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Hustla: Homo Hip Hop

  • September 14 - August 09
  • The Cobalt
  • 917 Main St
    Vancouver, BC
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Mykki Blanco + Brenmar – Pride 2014 at Celebrities

  • July 30 - July 30
  • Celebrities Nightclub
  • 1022 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604-681-6180
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Pride Burlesque Revue ft. Vixens of Wonderland

  • July 31 - July 31
  • Lux Lounge
  • 1180 Howe St
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 1R2
  • Admission: $25.00
  • Phone: 604-687-0955
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Pride Go Go Cruise

  • August 03 - August 03
  • Boat Departs from Harbour Cruises
  • 501 Denman Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604-551-2628
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Pride Party Cruise

  • August 03 - August 03
  • Boat Departs from Harbour Cruises
  • 501 Denman Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604-551-2628
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Pride Recovery Cruise

  • August 04 - August 04
  • Boat Departs from Harbour Cruises
  • 501 Denman Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604-551-2628
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Queer Arts Festival 2014

  • July 23 - August 09
  • Roundhouse Exhibition Hall
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604-713-1800
  • Venue: Queer Arts Festival
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Queer Arts Festival presents Clean Sheets

  • July 30 - July 30
  • Roundhouse Exhibition Hall
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: By donation
  • Contact: Theo Jakob
  • Phone: 778-554-5405
  • Venue: Queer Arts Festival
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Queer Arts Festival presents Queering the International

  • July 23 - August 09
  • Roundhouse Exhibition Hall
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: By donation
  • Contact: Theo Jakob
  • Phone: 778-554-5405
  • Venue: Queer Arts Festival
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Science World After Dark

  • August 01 - August 01
  • Science World British Columbia
  • TELUS World of Science
    Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7
  • Admission: $18.00
  • Phone: 604-443-7440
  • Venue: Science World British Columbia
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Sunset Beach Festival & Market

  • August 03 - August 03
  • Sunset Beach
  • 1204 Beach Ave
    Vancouver, BC 1204 Beach Ave
  • Admission: FREE!
  • Contact: Vancouver Pride Society
  • Phone: 604-687-0955
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Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast

  • August 02 - August 02
  • Davie Street Plaza (the rainbow crosswalks)
  • Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6E 1M3
  • Admission: by donation
  • Contact: Vancouver Pride Society
  • Phone: 604-687-0955
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Vancouver Queer Film Festival

  • August 14 - August 24
  • various locations
  • Phone: 604-844-1615
  • Venue: Vancouver Queer Film Festival
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