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Letters by Letters (From GayCalgary® Magazine, May 2005, page 36)

Straight to Diva - Success!

Here are the final numbers so far.  I can’t give you the exact ones as of yet, due to the fact that not all the monies have been turned in yet.  The Straight to Diva fundraiser brought in approx. $4,000.00 thus far.  The HIV Peer Support Group would like to thank the following for their contribution towards our group:

• The Calgary Eagle for their absolutely outstanding donation of time, commitment, and support for the group. Not to mention their donating the venue, food and advertising.  Without them, the event would not have been as successful as it was.

• Ron Sheetz of the Calgary Eagle – without his ongoing support & commitment toward this fundraiser, none of it would have been possible.  He went above and beyond the call of duty.

• Laurie from Money Pennies, who has demonstrated her ability to engage her patrons to buy tickets in advance, donate items for the silent auction, and being a friend by supplying food when training new volunteers.  Again she is another one who went above and beyond the call.

• All of this would not have been possible without assistance from the great people of Calgary.

We would like to thank the following people and businesses for donating the Silent Auction items:

B & D EmporiumBest Western Inn

Big Rock BreweryCalgary Eagle

Hair 2000KaaDiKi

Money PenniesFairmont Palliser

Wade DanielsThe Bay Downtown

Rona Home and GardenIzo Bizo Hair Salon

Dirty LaundryCole Freight Inc.

Sheraton Suites Eau ClairPriape

Edges Salon & SpaDragon Spirit

The Foxwood Bed & BreakfastKelly Gartner

Tony Romas RestaurantCyclepath

Bruce MacDonaldCakeworks


Live Auction items donated by Lady Fawn, Professional Massage by Daniel Darequay.  Flowers donated by Red Rose Florist.

Special Thanks to:

• Lorna Littlewood for her time, commitment & support with her vehicles for transporting larger items.

• The countless volunteers that have generously donated their time and commitment to make this event a success.

• Gay Calgary Magazine for their advertising and promotion of the Straight to Diva Fundraiser.

• Expressprint for printing materials.

The HIV Peer Support Group would like to acknowledge and thank Zoltan, Eldon, and Don who went out of their way and comfort zone to put on a dress and perform on stage in front of a live audience.  Without the help of the Drag Queens Octavia Houston, Brandy Bishop Towers, Anita Lay, and Argintina, this event would not have been possible.

We would like to also Thank Jocelyn Laidlaw from CFCN for putting us on the Noon News and promoting our fundraiser.

And lastly we would like to thank Stephen Locke for finding the space to put us on his radio show "Speak Sebastian" at the U of C.

Rob Julien


HIV Peer Support Group

(403) 230-5832

Let’s be Proud!

I want to thank Pride Calgary for organizing the annual Pride Parade. Every year is fabulous, and this year should be no exception. I hope everyone in our community shows up and participates in this great event. Nothing else brings our community together like the Parade. It’s refreshing to have such a colorful and diverse celebration in a city that is often depressingly conservative.

I look forward to seeing everyone on June 12!

Ken Erickson

Thank You!

What do Aspen, Whistler, and the Canadian Rockies have in common? A hugely successful ski event for gays and lesbians! "Powder & Pride" commenced their first-ever gay ski weekend and gala ball at Lake Louise ski resort and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise from April 1st to 3rd, 2005. This inaugural event, hosted by UB Productions Inc. of Calgary, will become an annual tradition within the gay and lesbian community in Western Canada.

"Powder & Pride", welcomed a growing group of quality guests in its first year. They successfully provided a recreational opportunity for the gay and lesbian community through sponsorships, advertising, and business arrangements with local and international providers.

UB Productions meets the recreational needs of all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals through safe, fun and energizing special events in Southern Alberta and beyond.

Following the successful launch of "Powder and Pride" in April 2005, UB Productions will continue to host "Powder & Pride" in Western Canada targeted to the gay and lesbian community. Other planned summer events may follow in years to come.  Nevertheless, our events will be affordable and accessible, and will continue to bring the business sector and gay community together. Presented annually, "Powder & Pride" will continue to be our core event for UB Productions, and will expand in scope each year.


None of this would have been possible without our SPONSORS who assisted and supported us through this process.  A special thank you goes out to Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Ski Lake Louise, Magazine, Interactive Male, Twisted Element, XTRA! West, Apollo Western Cup, Design Fresh, Purple Wanda Creative Design Solutions, Egale Canada, and Christopher Wittke for all their perseverance, creativity, continued support and encouragement.  As we look forward, we feel confident that each and every one of us can and will make a difference.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi

UB Productions Thanks You!!!

Dawn Tournier

Nicole Buday

UB Productions


Shaw Discriminates?

I just wanted to draw your attention to something - Shaw Cable has replaced the old PrideVision TV with "OUTtv", after the channel decided to split into a family oriented one (OUTtv) and a gay erotica one (PrideVision). I used to subscribe to the old PrideVision TV so I phoned Shaw; I was told that Shaw felt gay porn was not "appropriate" and thus wasn’t offering the new PrideVision at all! This is discrimination in my opinion - straight customers do have a choice and can subscribe to Playboy or Hustler, but gay viewers can’t have a similar option?  What is Shaw TV afraid of?  There is no danger that any conservative-minded viewer will accidentally switch on the wrong channel and come across gay porn.  If viewers want the channel, they have to order it, so why should offering PrideVision be a problem? Had Shaw discontinued any other channel, it might have been somewhat disappointing for viewers, but this is different. This decision, I think, truly offends and discriminates against Shaw’s gay customers. I wonder - does Shaw want to be perceived as homophobic and intolerant?  I doubt it. So please complain to Shaw by letter, e-mail and phone...hopefully they’ll reconsider the issue.


- C. Burian, University of Calgary

Against Gay Marriage - A Tongue-in-Cheek Parody

Top twelve reasons homosexual marriage should not be legal:

1. Homosexuality is not natural, much like eyeglasses, polyester, and birth control.

2. Heterosexual marriages are valid because they produce children. Infertile couples and old people can’t legally get married because the world needs more children.

3. Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

4. Straight marriage will be less meaningful, since Britney Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage was meaningful.

5. Heterosexual marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are property, blacks can’t marry whites, and divorce is illegal.

6. Gay marriage should be decided by people not the courts, because the majority-elected legislatures, not courts, have historically protected the rights of the minorities.

7. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in North America.

8. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

9. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

10.Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why single parents are forbidden to raise children.

11.Gay marriage will change the foundation of society. Heterosexual marriage has been around for a long time, and we could never adapt to new social norms, since we haven’t adapted to cars or longer life spans.

12.Civil unions, providing most of the same benefits as marriage with a different name are better, because a "separate but equal" institution is always constitutional. Separate schools for African-Americans work just as well as separate marriages for gays and lesbians.

Luke G.

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