“The opportunity to celebrate the 2SLGBTQIA+ community is very important to our entire organization,” said Michael Doyle, President of Commercial Operations, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. Pride Night and all the wonderful activities that mark this night are special for a number of reasons. In addition to increasing awareness and understanding, it also lets our fans know that everyone is welcome here at Rogers Arena. Our club believes strongly in diversity and inclusion, and we look forward to celebrating these core values with our company.
2SLGBTQIA+ represents bi-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, lesbian or gay, bisexual, asexual, and additional gender identities.
Canucks Sports and Entertainment is proud to welcome and support any teammate, coach or fan who brings passion and energy to our community. It is important that everyone, from fans to teammates and coaches, feel welcome and comfortable when enjoying the game we love, regardless of gender identity, expression, sexual orientation, race, color, religion or disability.
In addition to wearing Pride-themed warm-up jerseys designed by a local artist, a $20,000 donation will be made in the Canucks Children’s Fund to QMUNITY, a Vancouver non-profit organization that supports and assists 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals and their allies. .
The Cutting Edges will be featured on our social media channels on Friday, telling how their organization has been champions of hockey integration for the past 30 years.
Pride party in the arena
Before the match, a pride party will be held in the arena with a number of exciting components:
- Beer Garden presented by Stanley Park Brewing
- Captivating musical and dance performances by Queer like Funk, Zynth & Co.
- Drag Show Featuring Vancouver MX Artists Bokoro, Kari Aoki Doki, Xanax, and Jerrilyn Spears
- Signing session with ex-Canucks Jerky Lum
- Outside the Patrols Society information booth
- Pride themed welcome wall, colorful balloon arch and face paint to share with fans
Pride celebrations in the square
- Sections 122-103 will host a market, where the Vancouver Pride Association, QMUNITY, Cut Edges and Men’s Health Initiative will hold resource panels with information on how to get more involved in our community.
- Artists from the Plaza’s signature drag show will join us in revitalizing Stanley Park Brewing on Section 111
- In-game performances by Matthew V Dancers, Zenith & Co
- National anthem performed by Frankie Cena
- The Pride line of merchandise and the Pride warm-up jersey will go on sale this week and proceeds will go to You Can Play
About you can play
You Can Play strives to ensure the safety and inclusion of everyone involved in sport, including 2SLGBTQIA+ athletes, coaches, and fans. They achieve this by creating a community of allies who can foster a true sense of belonging.
QMUNITY is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of LGBT people. Provides a safer space for 2SLGBTQIA+ people and their allies to fully express themselves while feeling welcome and included. Their building serves as a catalyst for community initiatives and collective strength.
About Vancouver Pride Association
The Vancouver Pride Association strives to produce inclusive festive events, championing 2SLGBTQIA+ communities through an intersectional lens while contributing to the vitality, health and general well-being of all people in the community.
About Out On Patrol
Out On Patrol is a non-profit peer support organization for 2SLGBTQIA+ members in law enforcement. The community focuses on community involvement, philanthropy, and education. People who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ are not required to submit a membership application, and allies are encouraged to join!