Please join us for a special Pride luncheon on Friday, July 29 when our special guest speaker will be Stonewall riots survivor, Martin Boyce. Proceeds of this event will benefit the anti-bullying and safer school initiatives of Out in Schools.
Martin is one of fewer than twenty confirmed survivors of the Stonewall riots. Martin and his fellow survivors call themselves the Stonewall Veterans. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members and allies of the gay community in response to a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York City. Up until that day, police raids had been a regular occurrence at bars and other venues that were known to be frequented by members of the LGBTQ community, but on June 28, the community had had enough and fought back. The riots are widely considered to be the single most important events leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBTQ rights. They are also widely credited with being the start of what would become the Pride movement that would eventually sweep the globe. On June 24, 2016, President Obama officially designated the Stonewall landmark as a National Historic Monument "to honor the broad LGBT movement."
The Stonewall Inn in June 2016, ironically under heavy police guard following the attack on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando
This event will once again be hosted by none other than our very own resident Friends & Company emcee, the ever-charming and always entertaining Robert Kaiser. Robert is perhaps best known as the talent behind Vancouver's most recognizable drag queen, the world class, Joan-E. Robert is also a long time and highly respected fixture in Vancouver's LGBTQ philanthropy and entertainment communities. He is a two-time recipient of medals from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, having been awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for his work in community service and again in 2012 when he received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal. Robert is also a proud team member of our Presenting Sponsor, TELUS, a role he officially carries out both as Robert and Joan-E.
Your ticket includes a 3-course gourmet lunch, prepared by Chef David Hawksworth's award-winning culinary team (vegan and gluten-free options will be available), complimentary award-winning wine from Le Vieux Pin, and La Stella, BC's leading boutique wineries, a chance at winning lots of fabulous door prizes (including the latest smartphone from our friends at TELUS), a chance to participate in a 50/50 draw benefiting Out in Schools, and of course, lots of opportunities to connect with old friends and meet new ones!
Tickets are an incredible value at $45 each (plus tax and a small ticket processing fee that is charged by our ticket service provider). The luncheon will take place in Hawksworth's famous York Room private dining room, which overlooks the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and wine from our generous friends at Le Vieux Pin and La Stella Wineries, will be complimentary. Other drinks will be available on a cash basis. Registration starts at 12:00 and lunch starts at 12:30 sharp. The event wraps up around 2:30. Due to physical space limitations, there will only be 63 spaces available, so please don't delay getting your ticket if you wish to attend!
We would like to thank our generous sponsors, without whom our events would not be possible. Please take a moment to check them out! And please be sure to stay tuned for more upcoming events!
On behalf of Out in Schools, we would like to thank you for your support. Thank you to everyone who attended any of our sold out events to date! Together, we raised tens of thousands of dollars for Out in Schools, money that directly enables Out in Schools facilitators to reach students all over BC. On top of this, our corporate sponsors and community partners have given many tens of thousands more to Out in Schools at Friends & Company events throughout the year. All of this is undeniable proof that together, we can make a difference for young LGBTQ people in our communities. Thank you.
On a serious note: Friends & Company, our host venue, and our sponsors remind you to please drink responsibly and plan a safe ride home. Please don't drink and drive. Thank you.