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." -

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

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