On Friday night, the non-profit group will host a decorating party, pumpkin carving contest and movie night, starting at 6 p.m. at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre (KPAC). The evening will include a showing of short films entitled “It Gets Better,” created by author and activist Dan Savage, depicting young members of the community leaving messages directed to their “younger selves” with a message of hope that they are not alone and do not have to leave with fear and intimidation forever. The message is directed especially to teens who may be feeling isolated or depressed because of their sexuality, said Hanna Embree, treasurer for the Dawson Creek Pride Society.
“Especially growing up in a small town, it can be particularly difficult if somebody is very out, or unable to hide their sexuality in any way, and there have been several youth suicides in recent months,” she said.
The short films will be followed by a fun feature film of a lighter subject matter that has yet to be determined. Embree said it is meant to be a family-friendly event for everyone to enjoy.
The next evening at KPAC starting at 7 p.m., the Society will host a drag show produced by Fuzzy Red Hat Productions – which performed the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the same event last year – entitled “The Push, Pull and Drag Show.” The show will feature both local and out-of-town performers, some wild costumes and certainly a lot of laughs.
A dance will follow with a DJ provided by Metatron Entertainment, and there will also be a cash bar, contests and prizes for participants.
“Costumes are strongly encouraged,” said Embree. “I won’t turn you away at the door if you’re not wearing a costume, but we might strip you down and stick pasties and a boa on you if you don’t wear anything!”
The evening features some mature subject matter, so the event is aimed at adults.
KPAC is located at 1100 95 Avenue.
Embree said besides providing some enjoyment for people, she hopes the events will help to demonstrate that individuals in the community are not that different from one another regardless of their sexual orientation.
“As we all know, anything that you’re not exposed to regularly, anything that’s is different, can make people uncomfortable, so I think this kind of helps bring it out into mainstream and get our names out there,” she said. “We are normal, functioning, contributing members of our community who you run into on the street. We are your friends and neighbours, so please come out and celebrate with us.”
She added there will also be a meet-and-greet event with members of the Society from 7-9 p.m. at the Faking Sanity café at 901B 103 Avenue on Thursday night.