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It’s a new year and Vancouver’s Friends & Company is back with their first event of the year and some exciting new things to share. They’ve got some new guest speakers lined up, new venues, and new opportunities for LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly people to network. As you know, all of the events go to support the anti-bullying and teen suicide prevention work of Out in Schools.

The first event of 2013 is on Friday, February 22 and it’s a Luncheon at Gastown’s sexy and stylish new dining hotspot, Secret Location. If you’ve never been to this space, now’s the time to check it out – it’s gorgeous!

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A ticket to the luncheon includes a 3-course menu, specially selected and prepared for us by the Secret Location culinary team, lots of fabulous door prizes (including, as always, the latest smartphone from our friends at TELUS), a chance to participate in a 50/50 draw benefiting Out in Schools and, of course, a great chance to connect with old contacts and meet new ones! Someone from Homorazzi is always there and we’ve love to see you there!

More info & special guests for the luncheon after the jump…

I recently had the opportunity to chat with the crazy awesome Katie Findlay who plays “Maggie Landers” on the new CW series The Carrie Diaries. We’ve actually known of each other for a while now but our paths just always seemed to have missed each other when we tried to get together. Well, we finally put an end to that with this interview, YAY!

For those unaware of what The Carrie Diaries is about it’s basically a prequel show to Sex and the City and follows the story of a teenage Carrie Bradshaw. I have to admit, I’ve only ever seen maybe 1 or 2 episodes of Sex and the City…I know I’m a bad gay but I just never got around to it. I did see the movies though! Any way, onto the interview with our gorgeous guest!

Interview after the jump…

It’s just about time for another Friends & Company event, a Vancouver-based GLBT Friendly Networking organization where proceeds always go to the anti-bullying & teen suicide prevention work of Out In Schools.

The “After Work Holiday Mingler” will be taking place this coming Friday, December 14 from 7pm-10pm at Affinity Auto Showroom (1918 Fir Street, Vancouver). Your ticket will get you admission into the mingler, complimentary holiday cocktails & canapés as well as an additional complimentary cocktail(s) at the 1181 event that follows. Sounds like a fantastic evening to me!

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The cocktails at the event will be served by the notoriously sexy 1181 bartenders and like at past Friends & Company events, there are many prizes to be won, with silent auctions, a 50/50 draw, and a smart phone as a door prize, courtesy of TELUS.

A special thank you from ‘Friends & Company’ after the jump…

Now that the summer is here and pride is on the way, it’s time to get out and get active, helping a great cause in the process. The Vancouver Frontrunners invite you to come and show your pride and kick off the beginning of Pride Week as they host the eighth annual Pride Run & Walk on July 28, 2012. Sponsored by the Running Room, this event is a 10 km run / 4 km walk to raise money for Out in Schools. The race starts at 9:00 A.M. at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park. There are prizes for the top male and female finishers.

  • DATE: Saturday, July 28, 2012
  • LOCATION: Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park
  • DISTANCE: Run (10 km) and social walk (4 km)

Having recently ran the Scotiabank Run and The Underwear Affair run, I believe this run should be a great time and you should definitely consider taking part. For more information, contact the race director, Brian Kerin, at vfrpriderun2012 at gmail dot com.

On February 28th, I had the pleasure of attending The Vancouver Men’s Chorus (VMC) video launch party for their contribution to the It Gets Better Project. The media release was held at CBC headquarters in Vancouver and kicked off with a few words from organizer Yogi Omar and then when into a quick speech from Jen Sung, Youth Outreach Coordinator for Out In Schools. Jen told a personal story of a time when she was leaving a club, walking hand in had with her girlfriend and was called a dyke. She recalled the feeling of anxiety attached to that word and all those fears came rushing back, all from one simple word. The story continued, tying in the importance of projects like “It Gets Better” and continual educational programs like Out In Schools that help prevent homophobia and bullying.

I commend the The Vancouver Men’s Chorus for contributing to the “It Gets Better” project and deciding to have a voice (and quite a nice musical one at that). With persistence we can one day put at stop to homophobia and bullying and I look forward to that day.

Watch the video after the jump…

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