This has been a big year in the LGBTQ community; first we saw Ireland legalizing same-sex marriage by popular vote, the first country in the world to do so. Next was the powerful movement within the transgender community by way of famous Olympian and reality star Caitlyn Jenner’s transition from man to woman. Finally, the world celebrated last month as the US legalized same-sex marriage across the board. Not to mention, Canada is celebrating its ten-year anniversary of same-sex marriage legalization this year.
With all of these incredible advancements for the LGBTQ community, it’s no doubt that this year’s Pride celebrations will be bigger and better than ever. Vancouver nightlife and Pride icon Celebrities Nightclub has been a staple in the Davie Village for more than 30 years and James Steck, Chief Organizer of Pride Week events at Celebrities Nightclub has also noted a growing trend in acceptance in Vancouver which has been reflected in the diversification of the nightclub’s attendees.
“Celebrities used to be a gay club exclusively, but over the past few years we’ve seen our customer base diversify to no longer be defined by sexual preference. It’s really reflective of how people are, in general, becoming more accepting of each other as human beings, rather than by sexual preference.” says Steck. “We’ve seen leaps and bounds worldwide, and we’re proud to say that in Vancouver the sentiments have been progressively positive and continue to evolve to make us a welcoming community for everyone.”
Vancouver’s Pride is now the 5th biggest Pride Parade and Festival in the world and this year’s festivities are sure to exceed expectations.
What to Expect
This year’s Davie Street Block Party will be the first ever liquor licensed festival event to have no fences or cover so people will be allowed to roam the streets in true Pride form: freely. Celebrities Nightclub and the Fountainhead pub have stepped up to provide an amazing concert stage with two out of town Headlining DJs: DJ Chris Cox and DJ Pornstar as well as several local DJs. Other fun activities this year include local talent Drag Shows, Lux Dance Performers, giant Jenga, Twister, and Charity BINGO for LIFE.
So get your glitter, short shorts, and fabulous attire ready and head down the this year’s Pride celebrations!