Vancouver Canucks centre Manny Malhotra is not the first NHL player to march in the Vancouver Pride parade.
In 2010, former Montreal Canadiens enforcer Georges Laraque joined the Green party's contingent in his role as deputy leader.
But the Canucks player was still a hit with the fans, spending lots of time posing for photos this afternoon.
When Malhotra was standing in front of me on Denman Street, people kept jumping in front of him so they could be caught on camera with him.
The annual Pride parade always offers a snapshot into where our society is going.
In recent years, large corporations like TD and Telus have put on some of the most uninhibited shows for the crowd. It's a sign of how mainstream Pride is becoming.
This year, Telus played up its Caya brand with some very gay-friendly music and dancing.
Caya dancers don't hold back at Pride.
TD, which has two West End branches, was a little more sedate this year compared to last year. In 2011, the corporation's float resembled a gay strip club. This year, TD may have had the largest number of people in the parade, but the presentation was a little more tame.
TD brought a large crowd to Pride.
Most Vancouver residents probably recognize the woman on the right as former COPE councillor Ellen Woodsworth.
The photo was taken by Straight copy chief Amanda Growe at today's Dyke March on Commercial Drive.
With Pride Week in full swing, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the never-ending cornucopia of parties, events, gatherings, and assorted whatnots.
If you're an ally, someone new to the city, a tourist, or just trying to figure out what to go to, here's a quick rundown of some of the main festivals or parades that are happening this weekend.
This festival, which began on July 30 and runs until Sunday (August 5), is an alternative or complement to Vancouver's Pride Week festivities.
Genderfest helps to create safe and celebratory spaces for anyone who lives outside the binary divisions of male and female or gay and straight.
It's not the Stanley Cup parade the Vancouver Canucks so desperately want to be part of, but the city's hockey team will be represented in Sunday's Pride Parade. Veteran forward Manny Malhotra will take part in the annual Denman Street celebration. Malhotra will be joined by Patrick Burke, son of Toronto Maple Leafs—and former Canucks—general manager Brian Burke.
At the official launch of Pride Week at City Hall, activist and former Vancouver City councillor Ellen Woodsworth was one of several panelists from queer communities who spoke about the what gains have been made and what work there still is to be done. Adding to speeches from Out on Screen youth outreach coordinator Jen Sung and performer and teacher Jan Derbyshire, Woodsworth specifically zeroed in on lesbian concerns.
She noted that she shouldn't be the "only one in the council chambers to say the word 'lesbian' ".
At the official launch of Pride Week at City Hall on July 30, just prior to the raising of the rainbow flag, a panel of representatives from Vancouver's queer communities assembled to address the current state of affairs.
As Vancouver's Pride season heats up—with an endless assortment of events vying for your attention, energy, and money—here's a quick rundown for those of you with a cinematic bent.
If you missed the documentary Vito, about gay rights pioneer Vito Russo, which screened at this year's DOXA Documentary Film Festival, now's your chance to catch it at Denman Cinemas (1779 Comox Street) in the West End.