Vancouver's Pride Week is almost upon us and here's a delicious and nutritious way to get into gear for it.

This year's annual Pride Picnic in the Park, which takes place at Brockton Oval on Saturday (July 26) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., boasts two of Canada's top culinary competitors on board: Shelley Robinson and Rockin' Ronnie (who will be cooking from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Shelley Robinson is certainly a chef to be reckoned with. She was not only a Top Chef Canada contestant, but won the Food Network's Chopped CanadaTV show competition.

The hate group everyone loves to hate, the Westboro Baptist Church, who are real-life trolls, have been locking horns with pop-punksters Panic! at the Disco.

It started when the homophobic group recorded a parody of the band's 2006 song "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", which was a U.S top 40 hit.

The song defended a bride who was accused of being a "whore" on her wedding day.

U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order preventing homophobic and transphobic discrimination in the U.S. federal agencies and contractors on July 21.

"America's federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people," Obama stated at a signing ceremony at the White House.

Obama added sexual orientation and gender identity to race, religion, gender or nationality, which are protected from discrimination in federal contractor hiring practices by an executive order signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965.

Live Nation has announced that singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright is coming to the Vogue Theatre on December 7.

One of the Lower Mainland's better-known queer advocates, Imtiaz Popat, has declared that he hopes to get elected to the Vancouver park board this November.

Popat, who ran as a Green council candidate in Surrey in 2011, is seeking a COPE nomination in Vancouver.

Popat was a long-time host on Co-op Radio and has produced videos, founded a support group for LGBT Muslims, and been an environmental and antiwar activist.

He wants to help create a new Vancouver community centre modelled on 519 Church Street in Toronto. It offers programming for the LGBT community and new Canadians.

Everyone wants to be happy in life. But what price are you willing to pay for it?

The biographical documentary Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton previously screened in Vancouver at the 2013 DOXA Film Festival. But if you missed it, now's your chance to catch it again on the big screen on July 20 and 23 at the Cinematheque.

James Broughton was an American filmmaker and poet who touted the message "Follow your weird" and became a pioneering figure in both experimental cinema and the gay rights movement.

Hey, so like what is up with heterosexuals always trying to flaunt their straightness all over the place and push it in everyone's face?

Why are they always trying to recruit everyone to be straight?

Do they really have to walk down streets dressed as if they're screaming "I'm straight" all the time?

The answer is: NO.

The following video reveals an uprising movement against heterosexuals, who seem to be cropping up everywhere you look nowadays.

Stop them, before they ruin the world.

Ensemble Theatre Company presents Larry Kramer’s play, The Normal Heart, at the Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery Street) July 18 until August 16. Performances run in reperatory with The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Duchess of Malfi.

The Normal Heart tackles the public and private indifference to HIV and AIDS in the early 1980s. Considered largely autobiographical, the play by American playwright Kramer, focuses on Ned Weeks, an author and gay activist fighting to expose the truth about a burgeoning epidemic killing gay men.

Archie Comics made waves when openly gay character Kevin Keller got married in a same-sex, interracial, military wedding.

The progressive issue was protested by the conservative Christian lobby group One Million Moms, which only heightened media coverage and made the issue sell out (rather than removed from shelves as the protest campaign had intended).

Now, it looks like the comic is following up with a similarly attention-grabbing issue: the death of Archie.

And again, the character Kevin Keller is involved.

Some things just never change.

Hogtown mayor Rob Ford isn't homophobic—according to him. And of course, his brother Doug, who says that Rob has "gay friends" (which is the first defense anyone uses when they're accused of discrimination).  

Nonetheless, Ford continues to display homophobic behaviour.

As Toronto City Hall recognized the success of WorldPride Toronto with a standing ovation, Ford—unsurprisingly but still annoyingly—remained seated.

Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly expressed his disappointment about Ford's behaviour.

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