A "How To" Guide for a Magical Peak Pride

Published on 02/25/2020
Kris Johnson

Peak Pride is back for Round Two as we descend on the beautiful mountain village of Sun Peaks Resort from February 26-March 1, 2020. 

As with all events produced by our parent company, Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc., this is a 100% inclusive event and all are welcome, regardless of race, religion, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation.

One thing we hear often from those wanting to participate is “how can we get involved.” This is a very valid question, and most often comes from allies** (see the note at the end of this post) who are looking to be supportive and genuinely inclusive but are not sure where to begin.

Whether this is your first Peak Pride, your first Pride event, or even if you are a seasoned Pride celebration veteran, you may be wondering what you can do. While this is anything but an exhaustive list, here are a few suggestions on how you can participate and get the most out of Peak Pride, no matter how you identify: 

Show up! (Part 1) Our events will be held Wednesday, February 26 through Saturday, February 29. Some events require tickets, but many are free of charge and accessible for all-ages. 

Show up! (Part 2) Saturday, February 29 is the “big day” with the Pre-Parade Party* up at Sunburst Bar + Eatery from 1:30pm-3:00pm, followed by the Mountain Pride Parade* (Sunburst-Cahilty-5 Mile-Base-Upper Plaza Stage), Après* at the Upper Plaza Stage @ 3:30pm, then our signature event, wipeOUT at Masa’s from 9:00pm-until close. *Note that the daytime events are free and family-friendly; wipeOUT is 19+ only. 

Bring your friends! If you have friends in town, ask ‘em to come up! Many of our events are family-friendly, especially the Mountain Pride Parade events on Saturday, February 29.

Get colourful! Of course, this isn’t mandatory...but winter can be so drab, and we certainly invite you to bring some colour and get creative if you're inspired to do so. At other Peak Pride events we’ve seen some pretty impressive personal expressions from people from ALL walks of life!

BE KIND! Kindness, inclusivity, and love are important. Events like Peak Pride may be uncomfortable for some people -- if this is the case, please extend kindness and by all means ask questions (respectfully).

HAVE FUN! Peak Pride is meant to bring people together rather than divide us...and let us celebrate together.

Be an Ally! Learn what this means and live up to it. You don't have to be "LGBT2Q+" to stand by someone who identifies as LGBT2Q+.

Learn about PRONOUNS! Our changing world, and how we refer to one another in communication, can be confusing at times. “He” and “She” are still relevant, but as the LGBT2Q+ becomes more inclusive it’s important to remember that the small kindness of using someone’s personal gender pronouns can make a huge difference. He/Him/His, She/Her/Hers, They/Them/Theirs are most commonly used. It’s important to not assume: and if you are unsure, be respectful and ask. In most cases, the person to whom the question is posed will be seen as an important learning moment, and an act of kindness. Click here for further info if you’re interested in learning more. 

Thank you to all of our partners who have made the return of Peak Pride @ Sun Peaks a reality, especially our friends at Sun Peaks Resort, the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre, Tourism Sun Peaks, Morrisey’s Public House, Masa’s Bar + Grill, Bottoms Bar & Grill, HomoCulture, and Kamloops Pride. 

We look forward to seeing you this week and celebrating our freedoms, our true selves, and our connectedness to one another.

Happy Peak Pride! 

**What is an “Ally”?
An ally can be defined as someone who doesn’t necessarily identify as LGBT2Q+ but supports equality and civil rights for the LGBT2Q+ community, stands with members of the LGBT2Q+ community, challenges homo, bi, and transphobia, and acknowledges that LGBT2Q+ people face descrimination.