2024-07-24

PrideFestival Halifax Pride Festival: All updates and news are listed in this Wayves Magazine article.


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Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Healing from Conversion “Therapy”
Sexual orientation and gender expression change efforts (SOCIECE) are dangerous. While they are now illegal across Canada, these practices remain a significant risk to the health and well-being of people in 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. New national resources are being developed to aid clinicians in supporting survivors' recovery from the harms of these practices.
The Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) invites our members and our community to join Naj Siritsky, RSW, who will share from their first-hand perspective and a clinical framework:
* an overview of the different types of conversion “therapy” and SOGIECE
* information about some of the clinical resources under development in Canada
* an overview of several therapeutic modalities that may be considered for survivors of SOGIECE
Service providers are the primary audience for this virtual lunch & learn, but it may also be of interest to people seeking help for themselves or their loved ones.
Free for NSCSW members, $5 for others.
Location: Online via Zoom

PrideFestival

4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Family Pride Swim
Looking to make a splash with the fam? Join Halifax Pride for our family focused swim session in partnership with the YMCA! Bring your kids, siblings, niblings, or anyone you consider family. All ages are welcome to this event focused on providing active living activities for queer families.
Pre-registration is recommended! ID is required for sign in at the YMCA if you do not pre-register. Details online.
Location: John W. Lindsay YMCA, 5640 Sackville Street

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5:30 p.m.
QT Connect Meetup
Join us for the inaugural QueerTech Connect Meetup in Halifax, supported by Dal Innovates! This exciting event is part of the QT Connect program, dedicated to creating safe spaces for the QueerTech community to foster connections, build professional relationships, share experiences, and access opportunities in the tech industry.
Find out more and register online.
Location: Council Chambers (Room 270), Dalhousie Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue

RainbowRefugeesNS

6:00 p.m.
Pride on the Turf'
Join RainbowRefugeesNS, host DianaBTease and performers AnitaLandback?, BeefPattie?, and KitKaboodle? to help raise money to support RainbowRefugeesNS with LGBTQI+ Refugee Resettlement and Sponsorship. This will be taking place on the patio of Good Robot - order some food, and some beverages and enjoy a spectacle in the middle of Pride Week.
During the event, Good Robot will be donating $0.50 from the sale of every Thembot Beer to support RRANS!
Entry is Pay What You Can, at the door, with a suggested donation of $10-$20, with all donations going toward RRANS.
Location: Good Robot, 2736 Robie Street

QueerRunClub

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Rainbow Pride Run
Join the QueerRunClub for a community Pride run! Meet at the Chosen Family art installation on The Commons before embarking on a run around the neighbourhood. More info online.
Location: Intersection of North Park and Cogswell.

PrideHealth

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Navigating HIV Care in Nova Scotia: Insights and Resources
Co-hosted with PrideHealth, this online panel will focus on new and existing barriers to accessing HIV care and prevention in Nova Scotia. With insights from healthcare and HIV experts, as well as folks navigating the current system, this panel aims to give insight and resources to those who may not know where to go, or what questions to ask.
Further details (including Zoom link) online.

YouthProject

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Bigger Bodies Picnic
The YouthProject is excited to announce that we will be hosting a potluck style picnic for those who identify as living in a bigger body. This picnic will be a free gathering held on Wednesday, July 24th from 6pm-8pm, located at the Dartmouth Commons. Participants are encouraged to bring any food, snacks, or drinks they would like to share. Please be mindful of food allergies if you are planning to bring any items. Prepackaged food should come in their original packaging, and homemade goods should come with an ingredient list if possible. Bringing food or snacks is not mandatory for attending the picnic. Snacks & drinks will be provided by the Youth Project. If you have any specific dietary restrictions, please reach out via email or DM us on our socials so we can have something prepared for you. Please look forward to more details on our Instagram in the coming weeks.
**This event is intended for folks who identify as living in a bigger body (or those who might identify as fat or plus size.) We are not defining what qualifies as being a bigger body. If you feel like this space is for you and you are wanting to come, then please attend. If you have any questions, please feel free to email calendula@youthproject.ns.ca. More info on Youth Project Linktree.
Location: Dartmouth Commons

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6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Girls Just Wanna: Pride Edition
Celebrate Pride with all your favourite women, femmes, and thems—no boys allowed! Are you kinky? Or poly? Or both? We're inviting all you kinky and/or poly women, femmes, and thems to come out for a little after-work slosh at Quinpool Road's cutest bar! It doesn't matter if you're queer, bi, pan, lesbian, straight ally, cis, trans, whatever! You're invited! Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a cocktail (or mocktail), eat a fun snack, visit with old friends, make some new ones, and celebrate your Pride, your way! We'll have part of Jellies' newly revamped patio all to ourselves from 6pm to 8pm (if the weather sucks, we'll have the indoors). : After 8pm, if you wish to stay, you're welcome to. However, the entire venue will open to the general public at that time. Please remember to treat the venue staff like absolute gold!
Dress code? Feel yourself. Feel your Pride. Just keep it legal. 19+
Cost: Donations encouraged and accepted.More info online.
Location: Jellies, 6250 Quinpool Road

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6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Board Room Trivia: Lady Gaga Edition
Calling all Little Monsters! Are you Gaga for Trivia? Join us June 24th for Lady Gaga Trivia at the Board Room Game Cafe! Will you emerge victorious, and claim the "Applause" and bragging rights for your encyclopedic knowledge of all things Gaga? Or will you remain just on the edge of glory?
To participate in this event, players should assemble a team of 2 to 6 players, decide on a clever team name, sign up via Eventbrite, and you’ll be all set for a night of challenging trivia, with questions covering all things Lady Gaga!
Tickets: $11.98 in advance online Event is ALL AGES, but please note that any guests under 14 must be accompanied by a chaperone.
NOTE: There are two rounds of this trivia - one at 6 p.m. and one at 9 p.m.
Location: The Board Room Game Cafe, 1256 Barrington Street

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6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Pride Hike at Pennant
Join the Nature Trust for a hike in celebration with the Halifax Pride Festival, for families, friends and allies of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. This event will take place at the Pennant River Conservation Lands, which are urban wildlands protected by the Nature Trust in 2018 thanks to a generous anonymous donation. The land encompasses over 300 acres of forest, lakes, river, wetland and coastal barrens. It is approximately a 2km hike that will take 2 hours.
Register online.
Location: Trailhead on West Pennant Road.

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6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Drag Queens of Comedy
Come join these queens as they host the most FABULOUS and funniest drag show you will ever see! Stand up comedy, hilarious drag performances and side splitting improv, anything can happen at a Drag Queen's of Comedy show! ShaylaShenanigans, RougeFatale, and AnnaMonaPia are sure to have you rolling in the aisles with this ever so popular and always a sold out show! Let the queens and Yuk Yuk's show you what Pride is all about!
Tickets: $25 (+ fees and taxes) in advance.
Location: Yuk Yuk's, 1665 Argyle Street

HalifaxPublicLibrary

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
2SLGBTQIA+ Pasts, Presents, and Futures in Nova Scotia
Join author and assistant professor, Craig Jennex, as he discusses the hidden histories of 2SLGBTQIA+ life in Nova Scotia and the role of 2SLGBTQIA+ archival collections in the present.
Craig is an assistant professor of English at Toronto Metropolitan University and the co-author of Out North. His next book, Liberation on the Dance Floor: Popular Music in Lesbian and Gay Liberation Movements, will be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2025.
More information online.
Location: J. D. Shatford Memorial Public Library, 10353 St. Margarets Bay Road, Hubbards

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7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Queer-prov
Hosted by BunniLapin, Queer-prov is an improv comedy show that recently won Silver - Best Comedy Night (The Coast Readers Choice l Best of Halifax 2023). Join us for a night of improv comedy, drag, and a lot of laughing. The event will feature a showcase of new improvisers and our main improv team. More info online.
Cost: $15 for 1 Ticket or $25 for 2 Tickets.
Location: Grafton Street Dinner Theatre, 1741 Grafton Street

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7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Brooke & Trinity's Queer Quiz Night
Join TrinityFoxx & BrookeRivers for a sickening night of trivia, live performances, laughs, and more! With guest MikeHunt! Grab yourself a beverage or snack while there.
Tickets: $10 (+ fees and taxes) per person, get yourself a team!
Location: The Oxford Taproom, 6418 Quinpool Road

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7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Crystal Queer: A Sober Drag Show!
Step into a world of glitter, glamour, and fabulous performances without the spirits! Come celebrate Pride with us! Get ready to dance, cheer, and experience the magic of drag in a substance-free environment. All performers, event staff, and the Spatz Theatre is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment. Harm-reduction resources and practices have been established for this event.
Hosted by LydiaSapphire with performances by RichardRockhard,
LucyCharms, ColinSick, AkiraMayari?, MissRosieCheeks?,
SandeeBottomz
MortecaiBJatsby, and
MarkSizzum.
Tickets: $18.50 including taxes and fees.
Location: Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street

VenusEnvy

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Intro to Asexuality & Aromance: Unpacking Myths About Sexual Attraction and Romance
What is aroace, is it even considered a sexuality, what does it mean to identify with this orientation while having varying degrees of sexual or romantic desire? These are some of the questions that we’re inviting you to explore in this workshop. We’ll be discussing and exploring what asexuality/aromance is, what it means to be aroace, brief notes on compulsory sexuality, and the expansive world of the aroace spectrum! This is an invitation for folks who want to explore asexuality/aromance, as well as for those who are curious and/or want to support aroace loved ones.
Registration required.
Location: this event is offered in person (masks required) at VenusEnvy, 1727 Barrington Street or online via Zoom

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8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Big Gay Film Fest: The Queen Of My Dreams
Dalhousie is proud to present Big Gay Film Fest's main event: an outdoor screening of Fawzia Mirza's "The Queen Of My Dreams"!
You're welcome to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. If the weather doesn't cooperate, the film will be shown indoors in the Richard Murray Building Design Commons, same entrance. Free to the public! Film will begin at dusk.
Location: Dalhousie Sexton Campus Commons. More info online.

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9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Board Room Trivia: Lady Gaga Edition
Calling all Little Monsters! Are you Gaga for Trivia? Join us June 24th for Lady Gaga Trivia at the Board Room Game Cafe! Will you emerge victorious, and claim the "Applause" and bragging rights for your encyclopedic knowledge of all things Gaga? Or will you remain just on the edge of glory?
To participate in this event, players should assemble a team of 2 to 6 players, decide on a clever team name, sign up via Eventbrite, and you’ll be all set for a night of challenging trivia, with questions covering all things Lady Gaga!
Tickets: $11.98 in advance online Event is ALL AGES, but please note that any guests under 14 must be accompanied by a chaperone.
NOTE: There are two rounds of this trivia - one at 6 p.m. and one at 9 p.m.
Location: The Board Room Game Cafe, 1256 Barrington Street