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New Artistic Directors Announced

Out On Screen is proud to announce the appointment of two accomplished queer artists, Anoushka Ratnarajah and Amber Dawn, to the positions of Artistic Director responsible for the curation of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival through to the 30th anniversary year in 2018 and beyond. “Looking to our 30th anniversary next year, Out On Screen’s future looks … Continued
Join the #VQFF2017 team!

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Join the #VQFF2017 team!

We’re currently hiring seasonal staff for the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival! We’re looking for: Volunteer Coordinator (Canada Summer Jobs position) Community Box Office Assistant (Canada Summer Jobs position) Artist Liaison & Guest Relations Coordinator (Canada Summer Jobs position) Interested? Check out our job opportunities page to get all the details See you at the … Continued
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Hiring for the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival

We’re currently hiring seasonal staff positions for the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival! We’re looking for: Volunteer Coordinator (Canada Summer Jobs position) Community Box Office Assistant (Canada Summer Jobs position) Artist Liaison & Guest Relations Coordinator (Canada Summer Jobs position) Check out our job opportunities page for all the details.
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Out On Screen Wins City of Vancouver Award

On February 28, 2017, Out On Screen received the City of Vancouver Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion. The award, presented by Mayor Gregor Robertson, honours Out On Screen for outstanding leadership in fostering inclusion across diverse communities through its Out in Schools program and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. The City of Vancouver … Continued
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Letter to the Revolution

This letter is written as part of the Letters to the Revolution project, which is an intersectional online platform for inspirational letters to those communities that have been targetted by the Trump administration in the United States.   Hi beautiful people,   We’re writing to you as queers in what is called Canada. It’s still difficult … Continued
Submissions Now Open

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Submissions Now Open

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is now accepting film submissions for our 29th Festival, August 10-20, 2017. We’re looking for work from artists like you. We want films that confront stereotypes, push boundaries, arouse and tantalize, and above all, highlight the tremendous diversity of queer + trans* stories. Films must be from 2015 onwards You may … Continued
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One student asking for a handshake

This November, I was lucky enough to attend a local Out in Schools presentation for a Grade 9 class. Out in Schools’ presentations are exclusively for the students and faculty of the schools visited, creating a safe space for exploration and engagement. Inviting non-essential observers to a presentation intrudes into that safe space, so very … Continued
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Making Hallways Bright is back!

  This November, I was lucky enough to attend a local Out in Schools presentation for a Grade 9 class. Out in Schools’ presentations are exclusively for the students and faculty of the schools visited, creating a safe space for exploration and engagement. Inviting non-essential observers to a presentation intrudes into that safe space, so … Continued
Making Hallways Bright is back!

Out in Schools

Making Hallways Bright is back!

This November, I was lucky enough to attend a local Out in Schools presentation for a Grade 9 class. Out in Schools’ presentations are exclusively for the students and faculty of the schools visited, creating a safe space for exploration and engagement. Inviting non-essential observers to a presentation intrudes into that safe space, so very … Continued
2016 Fall Gala Recap!

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2016 Fall Gala Recap!

The 14th Annual Fall Gala, Come Out Come Out Whoever You Are, on Saturday October 1st, was once again a bright, sparkly success! A beautiful event and an even more beautiful crowd. Thanks to our generous attendees, we raised over $45,000 in support of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and Out in Schools! Many thanks … Continued
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Out On Screen is hiring: Operations & HR Coordinator

Do you enjoy details, film, festivals, office environments, and coming to work every day with amazing queer, trans and allied folks? Do you have a passion for changing the world through stories? Then you should apply to join us as the Operations and HR Coordinator! About Us The Vancouver Out On Screen Film & Video … Continued
Come Out to the Fall Gala!

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Come Out to the Fall Gala!

“Come Out, Come Out Whoever You Are!” Join us for the 14th annual Fall Gala – a fun and fabulous charity event to support Out On Screen’s award winning Out in Schools program and Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Hosted by Carl Meadows and Les Dick, this year’s Gala features a stunning live art auction, a … Continued
Out in Schools responds to Anti-Bullying Policy Updates

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Out in Schools responds to Anti-Bullying Policy Updates

Earlier today, Education Minister Mike Bernier announced that explicit references to sexual orientation and gender identity are being added to the anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies that school districts and independent schools are required to have in place.
Back to School with Out in Schools

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Back to School with Out in Schools

Whether it’s your first day or you’re starting your last year of high school, you have the right to feel safe, embraced, and included.
Thank You, Photographers!

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Thank You, Photographers!

Our fabulous photographers, who took beautiful photos even in the darkest of theaters, worked so hard to document the 28th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival for us! We were fortunate to have some incredible talent shared with us, and immeasurable hours of commitment from the following photographers: Deepak Chauhan Instagram | Facebook Angelika Kagan Website … Continued
VQFF 2016 in Photos

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VQFF 2016 in Photos

What a whirlwind – the 28th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival was an incredible success, with over 70 films from 20 countries and an audience of over 14,000 people attending the films, workshops, parties, and panels! Thank you to everyone who attended, from our faithful festies to our volunteers, sponsors, donors, and artists. To view … Continued
2016 Festival Trailer!

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2016 Festival Trailer!

Thank you to Jamie & Jessica for creating this trailer!
Scotiabank Super Pass now on sale!

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Scotiabank Super Pass now on sale!

Want the full Festival experience? Our Scotiabank Super Pass Early-bird sales have begun! The Scotiabank Super Pass gives you access to all films & galas with front-of-line privileges, membership and entry to select events and parties. 19+ Make it count! Scotiabank will match ALL Super Pass purchases with a contribution to the Festival. All Scotiabank … Continued
The Coast is Queer 2016

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The Coast is Queer 2016

What do BC’s glittering artists have in store for us this year? An eclectic combination ranging from personal, daily connections with strangers to time-travelling across dimensions for a lost love. Experimental meets slick sci-fi meets social justice participatory documentary — it’s The Coast is Queer, with ASL-interpretation! Tickets go on sale JULY 14th, but you … Continued
Schedule and Programming Updates

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Schedule and Programming Updates

Stay informed of our latest updates and changes! Aug 15: The Black Lives Matter Dance Party venue has changed and the party will now be held at Lost and Found Cafe at 33 W Hastings. Aug 8: Director Bretten Hannam will be attending North Mountain for a post-film Q+A Aug 5: Directors Mark Kenneth Woods … Continued
Unveiling This Year’s Festival Poster

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Unveiling This Year’s Festival Poster

Ta-da – here it is: the 2016 Festival poster! With thanks to Amelia Sutjiadi at Artovermatter Creations. Our 2016 poster incorporates iconography spanning the LGB2TQ+ spectrum. Qurious? Take a closer look!
Centrepiece Gala Film Announced: Strike a Pose!

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Centrepiece Gala Film Announced: Strike a Pose!

Celebrating the midpoint of our 2016 Festival, this year’s Centrepiece Gala film is Strike a Pose, screening Wednesday Aug 17 at the Vancouver Playhouse, 6:30pm. In 1990, seven young male dancers – 6 gay, 1 straight – joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic Truth or Dare, they showed … Continued
First Spotlights of 2016 Announced!

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First Spotlights of 2016 Announced!

We are excited to announce two of our Spotlights for the 28th Annual Vancouver Film Festival! The Two-Spirit REELness Spotlight, curated by Harlan Pruden, includes the Vancouver premiere of: Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things by Mark Kenneth Woods and Michael Yerxa, and North Mountain by Bretten Hannam. The Black Lives Matter Spotlight is a collaboration with Black Lives Matter-Vancouver, … Continued
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Orlando by Brandon Yan

If you’ve heard me speak about my work at Out in Schools, you’ve probably heard me say that I have the best job in the world. It’s my job to embody Out on Screen’s mission statement to illuminate, celebrate, and advance queer lives through film, education and dialogue; to stand in front of youth to … Continued
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Orlando by Brandon Yan

Pride exists because the pressure to conform everyday to a heteronormative standard feels so crushing. Existing as we are is an act of resistance. Pride exists because to love oneself and each other is revolutionary when we are told we are wrong, broken, and deserving of hate
Out On Screen’s commitment regarding our relationship with Indigenous peoples of this land

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Out On Screen’s commitment regarding our relationship with Indigenous peoples of this land

Out On Screen acknowledges that we have been existing on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh First Nations since 1988. Out On Screen recognizes the governance authority of these Nations for their shared territories and seeks to abide by their time-honoured protocols. Being predominantly settlers and immigrants to this land … Continued
Recap: Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

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Recap: Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

Thank you to all who made this event possible: the staff and volunteers at VIFF Vancity Theatre, VQFF’s own enthusiastic volunteers, and the audience who filled every seat and set the mood for an excellent evening. Thank you to Brian Elliot for all of the amazing photos! Directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the film’s … Continued
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Out On Screen – 2016 Annual General Meeting

Please join us at our Annual General Meeting on June 1, 2016. This event is open to current voting and non-voting members of the society and starts at 7pm sharp. Please arrive early to register. All memberships purchased at the 2015 Vancouver Queer Film Festival are valid until June 30, 2016. Adult members are granted … Continued
VQFF Presents – Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

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VQFF Presents – Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

The VQFF and VIFF Vancity Theatre are thrilled to announce our new partnership presenting films outside the Festival calendar, starting with the critically-acclaimed documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, May 17, 6:30pm at the Vancity Theatre.   Directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, this film is the first definitive, feature length portrait of the controversial artist since … Continued
RAH! the Out in Schools Youth Short Film Contest is back!

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RAH! the Out in Schools Youth Short Film Contest is back!

We are excited to announce that RAH! the Out in Schools Youth Short Film Contest is back! We are calling on youth across British Columbia, aged 12 – 19, to create short films that challenge homophobia, transphobia and bullying AND that speak to the real experiences of LGBT2Q+ youth. RAH creates the space for youth to practice making eye-opening, heart-strings tugging, perspective-shifting videos.
Out in Schools visits Smithers

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Out in Schools visits Smithers

We've got some exciting news heading into the weekend: our facilitators Meghan and Joanne are heading up North to visit the Bulkley Valley School District for the week. We'd love to thank the ever-lovely Perry Rath for helping coordinate this tour. This will be only our second visit to the region since our first in 2012-2013.
Sunshine Coast 2016 Tour

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Sunshine Coast 2016 Tour

We made 13 presentations to 13 schools and reached 1,469 students in five days. That's 44% of all students in the entire Sunshine Coast School District! We received such a warm welcome from everywhere we visited, and we're honoured to have reached so many students
Here Come Troublemakers

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Here Come Troublemakers

The Troublemakers Film Project aspiring youth filmmakers + inspiring troublemakers (ages 55+) The Troublemakers Video Project is a unique project that brings young people and elders together to produce documentary films.
Out in Schools is coming to Prince George and Quesnel!

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Out in Schools is coming to Prince George and Quesnel!

Friday Surprise! We’re hitting the road next week – AGAIN – but this time to Prince George and Quesnel. We’ll be giving 5 or so presentations over a quick 3 day trip. This will be a return visit to Prince George and out FIRST visit ever to Quesnel.
Out in Schools is coming to the Sunshine Coast

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Out in Schools is coming to the Sunshine Coast

Some details still to be worked out…but we’re pretty excited that our first rural tour this year is going to be with the Sunshine Coast School District. It’s also a school district we’ve never been to before!
“Making Hallways Bright” with Out in Schools

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“Making Hallways Bright” with Out in Schools

Out in Schools, in partnership with Scotiabank, announce the launch of their second annual end-of-year campaign, Making Hallways Bright, on December 1st – Giving Tuesday, widely known to be the opening day of the giving season. The campaign inspires donations through a partnership with Scotiabank for LGBTQ2+ youth in BC. For the month of December, … Continued
“Making Hallways Bright” with Out in Schools

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“Making Hallways Bright” with Out in Schools

Out in Schools, in partnership with Scotiabank, announce the launch of their second annual end-of-year campaign, Making Hallways Bright, on December 1st - Giving Tuesday, widely known to be the opening day of the giving season. The campaign inspires donations through a partnership with Scotiabank for LGBTQ2+ youth in BC.
Out On Screen announces new Executive Director

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Out On Screen announces new Executive Director

Out On Screen has been in the midst of an executive transition. The search committee’s priority was to find a candidate who could build upon the amazing growth and development of the past 15 years as well as bring fresh new perspectives to invigorate our work. The Board of Directors is pleased to announce Stephanie … Continued
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Out On Screen announces new Executive Director

Out On Screen has been in the midst of an executive transition. The search committee’s priority was to find a candidate who could build upon the amazing growth and development of the past 15 years as well as bring fresh new perspectives to invigorate our work. The Board of Directors is pleased to announce Stephanie … Continued
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Out On Screen announces new Executive Director

Out On Screen has been in the midst of an executive transition. The search committee’s priority was to find a candidate who could build upon the amazing growth and development of the past 15 years as well as bring fresh new perspectives to invigorate our work. The Board of Directors is pleased to announce Stephanie Goodwin, Out On Screen’s new Executive Director.
Closing Gala Recap

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Closing Gala Recap

We made it! What a whirlwind 11 days of outstanding film and queer community. 12,000 filmgoers came to see over 70 films from 21 different countries! The festival came to a close Sunday night at the Playhouse with a screening of Michiel Thomas’s Game Face, a documentary that captures the present-day struggles of LGBTQ athletes … Continued
Our Fabulous Photographers

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Our Fabulous Photographers

Please join us in giving a fantastic round of applause to our Photographers for the festival! We couldn’t have captured the amazing moments that we did without their help. Check out their websites for more of their amazing work, and keep them in mind for your next event! The Team at VanDocument – Ash Tanasiychuk, Corie … Continued
Centrepiece Gala Recap

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Centrepiece Gala Recap

Last night the festival celebrated its Centerpeice Gala film, July Jung’s A Girl at My Door (Dohee-Ya). Beforehand, festivalgoers and organizers convened for a catered reception in the Vancouver Playhouse. The theatre was packed, filling quickly when doors opened at 6:30pm. Before the screening, Interim Executive Director Metha Brown proudly announced that, at this midway … Continued
Weekend Recap

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Weekend Recap

The festival’s first weekend was a blast! Who else enjoyed popcorn for dinner and sprinting between venues? Here are some highlights from the weekend: Who knew Paul Weitz, the director behind American Pie, could write and direct a feminist dramedy? Grandma features the curmudgeonly Elle (Lily Tomlin), a noted lesbian poet—clearly based on punk poet … Continued
Opening Gala Recap!

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Opening Gala Recap!

Let the films play! The 27th Vancouver Queer Film Festival kicked off last night at the Vancouver Playhouse to a full house of dapper attendees. Programmers and sponsors regaled the crowd with speeches, and a common thread emerged--the integral role film plays in queer experience and community.
Visiting Artists

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Visiting Artists

We’re so proud to be hosting so many local and internationally acclaimed artists this season! Check out a sampling of artists down below, and head over to our Artists page to see them all. Get up close and personal with some of our guests–attend their workshops and get valuable industry advice straight from the source! Visiting Artists | … Continued
Committee Favourites, Round 2!

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Committee Favourites, Round 2!

Join us in giving another standing ovation to our Programming Committee members who have watched countless movies and helped us put together this year’s fabulous collection of features and shorts! Hear what they have to say about their favourites below. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels to see more of these great … Continued
Programming Committee Favourites

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Programming Committee Favourites

Join us in giving a standing ovation to our Programming Committee members who have watched countless movies and helped us put together this year's fabulous collection of features and shorts! Hear what they have to say about their favourites.
Galas Galore!

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Galas Galore!

We're so excited to bring you the very best in queer cinema every year, and this year is no exception! Without further ado, let's get to those GALAS.
ASL Interpreted Movies

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ASL Interpreted Movies

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival has an ongoing commitment to increase accessibility at our events. Our efforts include providing full accessibility audits for our venues, discounted tickets and passes for underemployed persons, and providing ASL interpretation at select screenings.
Out in Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert

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Out in Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert

In all seven schools we visited, queer youth thanked us for opening hearts and changing minds and then actively engaging students in considering what their role and responsibility is in using their language and behaviour to build safe school communities. In those moments of vulnerability, these students expressed what it meant to them to have advocates there to help catalyze important conversations.
Festival Sneak Peak

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Festival Sneak Peak

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is on its way, and we've got a sneak peek of this year's line up for you! Check out these three flicks, and stay tuned for more heading your way.
Spring into Summer!

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Spring into Summer!

We’re even more excited this year because, as you may have already seen, we’ve got brand spankin’ new websites up! Check out the amazing work of our friends over at Plane Creative on the new Out On Screen, Out in Schools, and Vancouver Queer Film Festival sites!
2014 Photo Gallery

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2014 Photo Gallery

We’ve got a brand spankin’ new gallery page! Until we see your fabulous faces at this year’s festival, check out all of the photos from last year! Check them out here, and relive the memories!
Job Openings at VQFF!

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Job Openings at VQFF!

Looking for work this summer? We’ve got one paid position and two volunteer positions open now! Check out the details for the Community Engagement Coordinator, Volunteer Donor Services Assistant, and the Volunteer Sponsorship Assistant!
An Open Letter to Our Community

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An Open Letter to Our Community

Out On Screen’s mandate is celebrating, illuminating, and advancing queer lives through film, education, and dialogue. Whether in cinemas or in classrooms, our role is to make space for people to see and engage with diverse, intersectional representations of gender and sexuality that reflect the diversity of our communities.
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Out in Gold Trail

On March 11, a dreary, down-pouring morning, Jen and I drove out from Vancouver before sunrise, up the foggy sea-to-sky highway to the beautiful Gold Trail School District. This marks our first time ever presenting in that region.
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VQFF PRESENTS – MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES

The VQFF and VIFF Vancity Theatre are thrilled to announce our new partnership presenting films outside the Festival calendar, starting with the critically-acclaimed documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, May 17, 6:30pm at the Vancity Theatre. Directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, this film is the first definitive, feature length portrait of the controversial artist since his … Continued
Berlinale Highlights

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Berlinale Highlights

Imagine my delight at being invited to sit on the 29th annual Teddy Award jury at the Berlinale, with 8 other film programmers from around the world. (See, I'm delighted:)
Standing Up Side by Side

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Standing Up Side by Side

Tiny apartments, co-working cafes, slate grey skies and a vibrant, mobilized community of queer people... Vancouver you might think. But you would be wrong, friends. It’s St. Petersburg, Russia.