Saturday, May 20, 2017

EPAMA - Coronation 2017

(L-R) Paladin Pebbles, Reverend Mother Diversity Rains, Sister Fancy Pants and Sister Tora Wholes

The Imperial Court is proudly represented in Surrey by the Empire of the Peace Arch Monarchist Association (EPAMA).  For this year's coronation celebrations, Courts from Canada and USA came to help the step down of reigning Emperor and Empress and to congratulate the step up of incoming new Emperor and Empress.  The Vancouver Sisters joined in this year's celebration by attending the In and Out-of-town Shows, raised money by hosting the Hospitality Bar and being photographers at the Ball.

EPAMA "is the governing body of the Imperial Soverieign Court of the Empire of the Peach Arch, Surrey, BC, Canada.  Some of their many mandates is to "raise awareness of GLBTQ  community and to fundraise for charities.  Congratulation to Peace Emperor XII Luc Gagne Royale and Arch Empress XII Irene Starr Black on a successful year of fundraising and community service.

http://www.epama.ca/  

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!


(L-R) Sisters Merry Q. Contrary, Alma Bitches and Diversity Rains

The Abbey of the Long Cedar Canoe is blessed to have and to have had these 3 amazing Sisters as our Reverend Mother.  In order, our first Mother Sister Merry Q., current Mother Posterior Alma and current Mother Diversity Rains.

Thank you for being leading our family and guiding us through our journey!  

Happy Mother's Day!

RED: A Positive Day in Vegas

(L-R, Top Row) Sisters Koo-Koo Kachoo, Bodice Rippa and Festivus Illuminata
(L-R, Middle Row) Paladin 'lil Randy, Friend and Reverend Mother Diversity Rains
(L-R Bottom Row) Friends, Aspirant Kip, Sisters Petunia Encarnata and Fancy Pants

Another HUGE successful production of RED with this year's theme being set in Vegas.  The event was so well organized by Volume Productions and the community came out to support an amazing, and much needed organization, Positive Living BC.  Everyone who had anything to do with the organization, performance and running of last night's event were all volunteers.  Especially touching is that many of the volunteers at some point in their lives needed the help and services that Positive Living BC provides. 

 "The Positive Living Society of British Columbia exists to enable persons living with AIDS and HIV disease to empower themselves through mutual support and collective action. From our personal struggles and challenges come our courage and strength."  https://positivelivingbc.org/

RED was so big that the Sisters had to tag teamed this event with one group selling 50/50 tickets totalling $1500 and another group going on stage to perform with Sister Festivus singing live.  It is always amazing to be of service to our community in anyway we are called upon to.  

The evening started with the always entertaining David C. Jones (one of our Saints) being the auctioneer.  Painting and trips were auctioned off for well over $2000/prize.  And a very moving moment happened when the auction turned into a fundraising extravanganza where 15 party-goers raised their hands to donate $1000 each to send 15 BC Positive Living members on their Spirit Retreat.  COMMUNITY!!!!!

An incredible thank you to Dean Thullner for inviting the Sisters to perform and to Ken Coolen of Positive Living BC for organizing the fundraising portion of the evening.  While final donation amounts have yet to be tallied, one thing is for certain, all the funds raised will provide services to those who cannot otherwise provide for themselves.  #REDYVR

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Line Dancing for Chechnya

(L-R) Reverend Mother Diversity Rains, Paladin 'lil Randy, Sister Fancy Pants (Postulant Kip not pictured)

The Vancouver Timberline Dance Society held their monthly dance at the Pumpjack Pub and this time invited the Sisters to help them fundraise for Rainbow Railroad.  The Timberline group have been deeply affected by the currently situation in Chechnya and wanted to do something to help our persecuted sisters and brothers.  The patrons at the Pumpjack definitely helped the cause.  The Sisters raised $327 in 1 hour selling raffle tickets (actually, the Sisters raised $352 after Sister Fancy found $25 she collected and stuffed in her cleavage :)).  And Timberline agreed to match whatever the Sisters raised.  That's over $600 raised in 1 hour!

And of course, the Sisters joined in with a little doe-see-doe line dancing . . . in heels!

"Founded in 2000, Rainbow Refugee is a Vancouver based community group that supports people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression (SOGIE) or HIV status."  https://www.rainbowrefugee.com/

We in the North America (especially North of America) can live our lives freely and contemplate whether to go out for dinner, or dancing or staying in with our loved ones, regardless of their gender or ours.  Unfortunately our sisters and brothers in Chechnya and at least 77 other countries around the world cannot.  We cannot forget them while we enjoy our freedom.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pride Night at The Met

(L-R) Sister Fancy Pants, Postulant Kip and Reverend Mother Diversity Rains

New Westminster showed up big time for Pride Night at The Met.  The amazing staff at The Met, spear-headed by "just a waitress" Amanda Jane (her words, not ours :)) organized and ran and amazing night where they put the "fun" in fundraising.  The Sisters were invited to help sell raffle tickets for 3 prizes with all proceeds going to Rainbow Refugee.  The Bar was packed with amazing spirits (of the soul and beverage kind) that created an atmosphere that was glowing that kept the donations flowing.  In just over an hour, we raised $500 for Rainbow Refugee.

"Founded in 2000, Rainbow Refugee is a Vancouver based community group that supports people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression (SOGIE) or HIV status." - https://www.rainbowrefugee.com/

In 2017, it is just mind blowing to know that society is taking steps backwards instead of forwards.  The LGBT community in Chechnya should not have to be scared for their lives.  And the unfortunate reality is that this is not isolated.  There are currently 195 countries in the world.  In 77 countries on this earth, it is illegal to be gay.  This makes the work of Rainbow Refugee so important, vital and needed.  

Thank you to everyone for contributing!

New West PRIDE Person of the Year 2016/17 Keith Oberding with the Sisters