Sad Mag commemorates Vancouver queer history

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Sad Mag, a Vancouver art and culture magazine, launches its queer history issue on Thursday, November 3. The special double issue commemorates Vancouver’s queer history from 1960 to present, a suitable retrospective as the City of Vancouver celebrates 125 years of incorporation.

Sad Mag Queer History Edition“No history of Vancouver would be complete without a look at the rich and varied history of gay and lesbian communities here,” said Sad Mag’s Creative Director, Brandon Gaukel. “Not only have our queer communities been a force of creative and artistic production in the city, but they’ve also had a huge impact on the day-to-day lived culture in Vancouver.”

The new issue examines important moments in Vancouver’s queer history from the advent of drag to the first Pride Parade, from the wild days of discos and nightclubs to the creation of the Davie Village. Vancouver’s queer history stands in contrast to the experience of east coast queer communities, which often provide the historical benchmark for the gay rights movement.

“When we think about the gay rights movement, we usually think New York City—we think Stonewall riots,” said Gaukel. “But Vancouver built a strong gay and lesbian culture long before 1969, and in collaboration with progressive cities like Portland and San Francisco, was influential in the queer movement across North America.”

Among the many stories in the issue are the Dogwood Monarchist Society, one of the longest-running LGBT organizations in Canada and LEGIT, a grassroots organization that helped change Canada’s immigration laws for same-sex partners.

The issue will be first available at the Sad Mag Queer Culture Awards and Show on November 3 at The Cobalt.  The show will include an evening of live entertainment hosted by comedian Morgan Brayton, featuring the comedy of Dan Dumsha, drag performance by Isolde N. Barron, and dance by House of La Douche.

Sad Mag Queer Culture Awards and Show
3 November 2011 @ 8pm – 1am

Tickets are $6 in advance at Red Cat Records and Little Sisters or $8 at the door.  Tickets include a complimentary copy of the queer history issue.  Visit for more information.

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