Skiing is probably the last thing on your mind at the moment.

However, sales have opened for Whistler's annual gay and lesbian ski week, with deadlines already looming.

Something important to note is that the festival has a new name.

The annual celebration had been called WinterPRIDE, but a number of other festivals have also taken on that name as well. In order to prevent confusion, it's been renamed as the Whistler Pride and Ski Week Festival.

The 2015 edition, which runs from January 24 to 31, 2015, will be the 23rd year of the annual event.

Health knowledge is one of many areas that have expanded exponentially since the development of the Internet.

Many challenges have resulted from that growth, including critically assessing content and keeping up with the pace of information that's out there.

The next Gay Men's Health Summit will explore what issues are involved in this technology-based phenomenon, and how that might affect everyone from health professionals to gay men, in a variety of issues such as well-being or the HIV epidemic.

The Community-Based Research Centre will hold its next Gay Men's Health Summit, with theme "The New Literacy of Gay Men's Health", on October 30 and 31 at SFU Harbour Centre.

Submissions for presentations, workshops, or panels are now being accepted.

Tonight, the Rio Theatre will give Vancouverites an opportunity to see Robin Williams on the big screen.

At 6:30 p.m., the East Vancouver movie house will screen The Birdcage, in which Williams plays a gay cabaret owner in South Miami Beach opposite his drag queen lover (Nathan Lane).

That will be followed at 9 p.m. by The Fisher King. Williams stars as a delusional homeless man alongside Jeff Bridges, who plays a despondent former radio shock jock.

In an interview with the Straight's Dan McLeod after the release of The Fisher King in 1991, Williams said his character was on a quixotic quest for the Holy Grail in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Toronto-based Hiltz Squared Media bills itself as "a ground-breaking production and distribution company that continues to push the boundaries of television and film".

But when it produced a documentary about alleged serial killer Luka Magnotta, it likely never expected that it would be pulled from a film festival because of a court-ordered publication ban.

Sex, Fame & Murder: The Luka Magnotta Story was scheduled to be shown today and tomorrow (August 23 and 24) at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Magnotta's trial for the murder of Chinese immigrant Jun Lin, who was openly gay, is scheduled to begin in Montreal on September 8.

Do we now have Hollywood's first gay male action hero couple?

Apparently we do, according to Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes.

Amid the testosterone sausage fest, a homo-affectionate scene, between characters played by the Governator and one of China's top martial arts movie stars, aroused speculation on the internet.

Trench Mauser (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Yin Yang (Jet Li) are shown cuddling up with each other toward the end of the film.

Expendables leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) tells the dynamic duo to get a room while the pair laugh it off.

"We don't need a room!" Mauser replies. "So jealous!" 

Local refugee, immigrant, and aboriginal youth get a chance to speak out in the East Vancouver hip-hop, steampunk cabaret show POWER.

Their stories run the gamut from being abandoned by parents or having toxic boyfriends to awaiting deportation as a refugee or having Asperger's Syndrome. They addressed themes such as racism, sexism, mental health, gangs, addiction, immigration experiences, and more.

The show (by Miscellaneous Productions) arose out of workshops, dance bootcamp, and rehearsals, and was first performed in 2009 at the now-defunct Rhizome Café, with a sequel, POWER 2.

The show was dedicated to the late Cass Thompson, an Indigineous youth victims support worker at the Broadway Youth Resource Centre. 

If you have, or someone you know has, ever wanted to curl but have been unable to due to budgetary concerns or problems, you now have the chance to get financial assistance that will enable you to get your broom on.

The LGBT–based Pacific Rim Curling League and Queer Active, which seeks to empower queer youth through sports and fitness, have joined forces to offer a bursary for first-time curlers (aged 16 to 25 years old).

Recipients will only have to pay $68 for six months of curling. If interested, email Queer Active treasurer Aaron Thompson.

The following information is required:

• full name

Yes, the multi-titled celebrity—former Star Trek star, activist, LGBT icon, internet sensation, self-effacing goofball—otherwise known as George Takei is beaming up to our Canadian metropolis to share his words of wisdom, inspiration, and humour.

Takei publicly came out as gay in 2005 in response to then California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's rejection of a same-sex marriage bill. Since that time, he has gone on to enjoy a new and unexpected career as an online celebrity, combining activism and humour for LGBT causes and also raising awareness about the Japanese American internment experience.

Takei himself was an internee during the Second World War, and he went from living with his family on skid row to becoming a Hollywood star.

Dear gentlemen of a certain disposition:

No, lesbian does not mean she is doing it to tease and titillate you.

No, it does not mean she just needs to meet the right guy.

No, it is not the same thing as being bisexual.

In fact, there is such a gaping chasm in comprehension about what lesbians are (and aren't) that web developers have had to figure out ways how to screen out male online users who use catfishing techniques and set up fake female profiles on dating sites to hit on lesbian women.

For this year's Georgia Straight Pride issue, we highlighted LGBT parents and kids.

Due to the Vancouver school board hearings about its revisions to its sexual orientation and gender identity policy, we saw some powerful and remarkable examples of people who advocated for family members, such as Fiona Chen who spoke out for her transgender child.

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