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What 400 looks like

A look back at 400 issues of community building, bashings, struggles, successes and growth

VICTORY: GET USED TO IT!

There’s one more group in society to whom we ought to address the cheekily confident gay and lesbian catchphrase of the ’90s, “Get used to it!”

After we’ve duly informed the fundamentalist fanatics, family flagwavers and assorted homophobes that we’re here to stay and they might as well get used to it, maybe we ought to tell ourselves the same thing.

Getting used to victory doesn’t mean folding our tents —is that what makes some people nervous —and it doesn’t mean turning into pollyannas blubberingly grateful for being invited to the great consumer society. It does mean a clearer-eyed look at what the next steps might be for a proud crowd that sometimes calls itself a community.

-Stan Persky, Preview issue, Jul 30, 1993


DOCTOR DENIES LESBIANS SPERM

QUEER CITY EVENT TOO GAY FOR GALLERY

VANCOUVER PRIDE MARCHES ON

Preview issue, Jul 30, 1993

CROWN COUNSEL ANGERS POLICE AND VICTIM
Gay bashing suspect free despite witness testimony

BASHING ON DENMAN STREET
Man fights back against trio of attackers

Issue 13, Feb 11, 1994


LIFESTYLES OF THE YOUNG & UNSAFE
Why are young gay men turning away from safe sex?

Issue 18, Apr 22, 1994

TRIO CHARGED IN DAVIE STREET CAFÉ BASHING
Gay men fight off their attackers in front of the Edge

Issue 20, May 20, 1994

BOOK SEIZURES AN INTERNATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT
Little Sister’s is ready to fight Canada Customs and win
Issue 21, Jun 3, 1994

MAKING THE STREETS SAFE FOR GAYS AND LESBIANS
Vancouver to start chapter of Q-Street Patrol
Issue 22, Jun 17, 1994

SISSIES ON THE SILVER SCREEN
Independent queer cinema reclaims and stakes its territory
Issue 24, Jul 15, 1994

SESAME STREET CENSORED
CBC management pulls cartoon featuring same-sex parents
Issue 28, Sep 9, 1994

REDEFINING THE FAMILY
Gay men and lesbians leap social barriers to become parents
Issue 38, Jan 26, 1995

LIVING PROOF
Man to Man’s Henry Koo discusses bringing HIV-positive and HIV-negative gay and bisexual men together socially
Issue 52, Aug 10, 1995

RAIN FAILS TO DAMPEN SPIRITS
Soggy gay Pride parade attracts crowd of 20,000
Issue 53, Aug 24, 1995

AIDS MEMORIAL PROPOSED
Public input needed to determine form and direction
Issue 51, Jul 27, 1995

GAY BASHING IN OSOYOOS
Violent attack follows early morning home invasion
Issue 58, Nov 2, 1995

CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACT AMENDED
Liberals manage to pass historic gay rights bill
Issue 72, May 16, 1996

SCENTS AND SENSITIVITY
The hunt for my foreskin and other tales…

LESBIANS, LICK THAT LATEX
A back-to-basics guide to safe dyke sex and play

SPEAKING THE UNSPEAKABLE
For seven years, I’ve been negotiating safer sex —with & without condoms
Issue 83, Oct 17, 1996

100 YEARS OF HARD-ONS
Buffboys, film buffs and history in the buff
Issue 91, Feb 6, 1997

  CLOSE THE CENTRE AND START OVER: CRITICS
Phoenix-like transformation may be needed to save Vancouver’s gay and lesbian community centre
Issue 94, Mar 20, 1997

BARS ENDANGERED
Vancouver has gone from over a dozen queer bars to four in 16 years
Issue 95, Apr 3, 1997

NEW LIFE FOR LEATHER
After a decade hiatus, Vancouver’s leather community is emerging proud and active
Issue 98, May 15, 1997

VANCOUVER’S CASTRO STREET?
We need to protect and enhance business on Davie Street or the hub of our community will be jeopardized, writes small business owner Alison Brewin
Issue 111, Nov 13, 1997

PASS THE TURKEY BASTER
A guide to reproducing
Issue 121, Apr 2, 1998

DANCING IN THE STREETS
Transgendered hold first-ever demo and march
Issue 127, Jun 25, 1998

RAISE THE RED LANTERN
Vancouver’s queer Asian community emerges as both a cultural and sexual force
Issue 129, Jul 23, 1998

PRIDE ’98 ONE FOR THE BOOKS
Record attendance, participation and bright future ahead, says Pride Society
Issue 130, Aug 6, 1998

WHERE TO PLANT THAT FENCE
Bisexuals redefine queer relationships
Issue 132, Sep 3, 1998

PROSTITUTES FEAR FOR SAFETY
The gentrification of Yaletown endangers the livelihood and even the lives of streetworkers
Issue 134, Oct 1, 1998


LOCAL SERVICE FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD
Vancouver grieves for slain Wyoming university student
Issue 135, Oct 15, 1998

THIRD WAVE OF HIV
Far fewer IV drug-users are testing positive; AIDS groups claim health board neglects gay men
Issue 138, Nov 26, 1998

THE FOUNTAINHEAD REBELLION
Gays pack church to protest city liquor regs and call for community action in upcoming election
Issue 153, Jun 24, 1999

PHELPS A NO SHOW
But fag-hater vows he’s still coming
Issue 154, Jul 8, 1999

  THE JOY AND AGONY OF NON-MONOGAMY
Why one man sometimes just isn’t enough
Issue 155, Jul 22, 1999

NPA REJECTS HERBERT, FETHERSTONHAUGH
Gay candidates dumped by governing party
Issue 161, Oct 14, 1999

SEEKING A HOME
Board of The Centre prepares for relocation
Issue 171, Mar 9, 2000

DR LAURA GONE
Local activists help kill show of pseudo-psych
Issue 186, Oct 5, 2000

GOD & THE PERVERTS
The battle to balance gay rights with religious rights
Issue 191, Dec 14, 2000

THERE WAS BLOOD EVERYWHERE
Six years after butchering a gay man in his apartment, Gary Matthew Gilroy was released from prison
Issue 192, Dec 28, 2000

WHAT SENIORS WANT
Momentum builds for queer seniors housing
From Issue 197, Mar 8, 2001

SLEEPING LION ROARS
Vancouver’s gay community shows anger over park murder

THE PRETTIEST ONE
Gaetan Dugas and the ‘AIDS Mary’ myth
Issue 216, Nov 29, 2001

NOT IN VAIN, PLEASE
School homophobia drives Prince George student to suicide. Friends are determined his death will drive changes
Issue 230, Jun 13, 2002

PRIDE TOO CORPORATE: PENNY
Is corporate branding detracting from parade?
Issue 234, Aug 8, 2002

DAVIE BIA SNUBS GAYS?
Gays urged to attend annual general meeting
Issue 236, Sep 5, 2002

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE
Skytrain security fails desperate youth

WHEN THE RUBBER HITS THE ROAD
Barebacking subculture emerges in gay community
Issue 237, Sep 19, 2002

POLICE MAKE A ‘MESS’
Latest West End bashing preventable

RIFT IN PRIDE SOCIETY
President accused of mismanaging funds
Issue 238, Oct 3, 2002


POLICE RAID
Vice squad targets consensual sex at Goliath’s
Issue 244, Dec 26, 2002

‘WE’RE MOBILIZING’
Bash victim says gays have to police selves
Issue 246, Jan 23, 2003


BATHHOUSE ON TRIAL
Goliath’s ‘found-ins’ and ‘keepers’ make first court appearance

BREAK IN WEBSTER CASE
Police eye suspect in unsolved gaybashing
Issue 247, Feb 6, 2003

GUILTY!
Gastown bashers get house arrest
Issue 254, May 15, 2003


VICTIMS NO LONGER
The queer youth of Prince George are changing their world
Issue 255, May 29, 2003

SAFE SCHOOLS FOR SOME
Mayencourt report fails community: activists

SURREY SAYS NO —AGAIN
Chamberlain vows to keep the pressure on
Issue 257, Jun 26, 2003


DYKES FIGHT BASHERS
But cops fail to chase car
Issue 258, Jul 10, 2003


TWICE IN TWO WEEKS
Police allegedly mishandle second bashing
Issue 259, Jul 24, 2003

PRIDE SOCIETY BEING INVESTIGATED
Mountain of debt reduced to molehill
Issue 266, Oct 30, 2003

BATHHOUSE TRIAL ON HOLD
Police disclosure problem delays testimony

GAY SEX IS NOT ‘INDECENT’
Why we must challenge Canada’s bawdyhouse law
Issue 268, Nov 27, 2003

A HATE CRIME AFTER ALL
Judge throws the book at youth in Webster killing
Issue 270, Dec 25, 2003

M TO F NOT A WOMAN: JUDGE
Lesbian lawyer calls Nixon decision a major setback
Issue 271, Jan 8, 2004

MANSLAUGHTER VS MURDER
Did the Crown seek too weak a charge in Webster case?
Issue 272, Jan 22, 2004

PRIDE DODGES BULLET
Last-minute filing stops dissolution
Issue 273, Feb 5, 2004


DYKE MARCH IN THE WORKS
Young dykes resurrect old celebration
Issue 277, Apr 1, 2004

HOT, LOUD AND LONG
Pride Parade attracts estimated 150,000

DYKE MARCH EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS
Two thousand women take over Commercial Dr
Issue 286, Aug 5, 2004


A PATCHWORK OF BIGOTRY
How safe will queer students be in BC this fall?
Issue 288, Sep 2, 2004


COUP ROCKS YOUTHQUEST
New board’s legitimacy questioned
Issue 292, Oct 28, 2004


‘WE LYNCHED THIS GUY’
Friends testify against accused in Webster trial
Issue 295, Dec 9, 2004

RAO WALKS
But judge convicts Cran of manslaughter

L IS FOR LETDOWN
The L-Word’s lesbians lack authenticity
Issue 296, Dec 23, 2004

‘THAT’S ENOUGH!’
Protestors demand justice in Webster killing

STILL NO HATE-CRIME DESIGNATION
Deva calls for full probe into Crown’s handling of Webster case
Issue 299, Feb 3, 2005


NO EVIDENCE OF A HATE CRIME: JUDGE
Webster killer gets six years

CROWN STAYS REMAINING GOLIATH’S CHARGES
After survey shows Calgarians tolerate gay bathhouses
Issue 300, Feb 17, 2005

 NO MONEY FOR YOU, COURT RULES
Little Sister’s loses funding for latest Can Customs case

CRYSTAL PALACE
A candid look at the highs and lows of doing meth
Issue 301, Mar 3, 2005


SPONGEBOB IS SEDUCING THE CHILDREN
Conservative groups take aim at kids’ cartoon
Issue 302, Mar 17, 2005

TRACKING CRAN
A behind-the-scenes look at the Aaron Webster investigation
Issue 303, Mar 31, 2005


 
TWO CHARGED IN VILLAGE BASHING
Victim undergoes surgery to repair broken leg
Issue 313, Aug 18, 2005

RAINBOW RELUCTANCE
How gay will an expanded Davie BIA be?
Issue 328, Mar 16, 2006

OPPAL SAYS CLASSES EXCLUDE QUEERS
Corren complaint yields new course and promise of review

THE RE-CRIMINALIZATION OF QUEER SEX
How law and stigma conspire to use HIV to turn gay men against each other
Issue 334. Jun 8, 2006

 LUSH, SENSUAL AND UNAPOLOGETICALLY RAUNCHY
Vancouver gets is own sex party for women
Issue 336, Jul 6, 2006

GAY FOOTSTEPS THROUGH TIME
A historical walking tour of gay Vancouver
Issue 338, Aug 3, 2006


PUSHED OUT OF THE GAY VILLAGE
Hollyburn evictions just the tip of the iceberg
Issue 344, Oct 26, 2006

THE CURRICULUM BATTLEGROUND
The conservative threat to gay-friendly classrooms
Issue 354, Mar 14, 2007


MAYENCOURT ‘AN ABJECT FAILURE’: BOUEY
BC Liberals reject final attempt to add sexual orientation to safe schools act
Issue 359, May 24, 2007


CITY STRIKE CAN’T STOP PRIDE PARADE
But Pride in Art derailed

HE ‘STARTED CHOKING ME FROM BEHIND’
Alleged gaybashing leaves man with concussion and sprained neck
Issue 364, Aug 2, 2007

THE ‘TERRIFYING PROSPECT’ OF RETURNING TO THE CLOSET
Searching for gay-friendly seniors homes

REDISCOVERING FURRY FUN
As their forebears hibernate, a new generation of cubs frolic
Issue 367, Sep 13, 2007

PUSHING THE GENDER BOUNDARIES
Vancouver welcomes the world’s drag kings for IDKE 9
Issue 369, Oct 11, 2007

GAYS GONE MILD
How did we get from the edgy margins to a sickly sweet, Watered-down version of Hairspray?
Issue 370, Oct 25, 2007

TIME FOR A GAY HEALTH ORGANIZATION
Gay men need a community group specifically dedicated to their health
Issue 373, Nov 22, 2007

IN MEMORIAM
Jane Rule

Mar 28, 1931-Nov 27, 2007
Issue 373, Dec 6, 2007

REGAINING ALTITUDE
Can revamped gay ski week catch air?
Issue 376, Jan 17, 2008


HARDING REMOVED AS CENTRE’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Board members ‘determined Michael was not the best fit for The Centre’: Breakspear
Issue 377, Jan 31, 2008

SUBSTANTIALLY STRIPPED
Why queer women’s music has lost its queer edge
Issue 381, Mar 27, 2008


25 YEARS OF SHEER DETERMINATION
Decades of Canada Customs censorship and harassment hasn’t dampened Little Sister’s spirits —or its commitment to collecting our stories. We take a look back at its legacy of defiance and wonder what the future holds for ‘our flagship for freedom of expression.’
Issue 383, Apr 24, 2008

‘WHERE DID DAVIE VILLAGE GO?’: HERBERT
Angry community members call rainbow banner removal ‘disturbing and disrespectful’
Issue 385, May 22, 2008


WHY PRIDE NEEDS AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Buried under heavy workloads and high burn-out rates, Vancouver’s Pride directors need professional help
Issue 387, Jun 19, 2008

CROWN DOES NOT SEEK HATE CRIME DESIGNATION
Toor gets nine-month non-jail sentence

MEMORIES OF PRIDE
Vancouverites recall the danger, the euphoria and the rush of marching together for the last 30 years
Issue 389, Jul 17, 2008

PRIDE PARADE DRAWS 530,000
‘It’s amazing to look back over the last 30 years,’ participant says
Issue 391, Aug 14, 2008

GAY VILLAGE TO KEEP ITS RAINBOWS
‘The community was loud enough that it penetrated through to the BIA’: Stevenson
Issue 392, Aug 28, 2008

SEARCHING FOR MR GAY CANADA
Should our global gay ambassador strike a non-threatening pose?
Issue 393, Sep 11, 2008

 GAY MAN’S BROKEN JAW WIRED SHUT AFTER ATTACK ON DAVIE ST
Community rally to protest violence against queers planned for Oct 12

STUDENTS, EDUCATION ACTIVISTS ANGRY OVER ABBOTSFORD’S DECISION TO DROP SJ 12
‘We’re young adults. We’re being treated like children’: student

IS OUR GAY VILLAGE HAVING A MID-LIFE CRISIS?
Besieged by soaring rents and beguiled by online community, North American gaybourhoods are in flux
Issue 395, Oct 9, 2008

OVER 2,000 MARCH ON DAVIE AFTER ATTACK ON GAY MAN
‘We are not victims, we are witnesses for the prosecution’: Joan-E
Issue 396, Oct 23, 2008

PHELPS A NO-SHOW
But hundreds of community members protest in the rain

ANOTHER GAY MAN BASHED ON DAVIE ST
But officer ‘reluctant’ to call it a hate crime

‘IT’S A BIT OF A MILESTONE FOR US’

An interview with Jenn McGinn, the first out lesbian in the BC legislature
Issue 399, Dec 4, 2008