While same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since 2003 and Vancouver's Davie Village is known as one of the most vibrant and queer-friendly communities in North America, the LGBTQ+ community in Vancouver has a long history of fighting against oppression, police brutality, and media hate campaigns.
Forbidden Vancouver's Really Gay History Tour proves that the path to equality isn't always straight. In this 2.5-hour walking tour, guests will be lead by Forbidden Vancouver storyteller and guide Glenn Tkach, dressed in a pink suit and fedora, from Vancouver's city centre to Davie Street's famous rainbow crosswalk, experiencing stories, moments, monuments, and locations in Vancouver's downtown. Each spot on the tour is a key player in the city's long history of queer rights, from Granville Street's "Kiss-Ins" to the GRID crisis at St. Paul's Hospital, and the gayest beer parlour in town (which can't be missed!).
“This walking tour really is really gay! I wanted to look the part. And to make a point: the fact that today a gay person can lead a walking tour right through downtown Vancouver, dressed all in pink, and publicly celebrate queer history, shows how far our city has come,” says head tour developer, researcher, and guide Glenn Tkach about the experience.
The Really Gay History Tour runs at 2 p.m. every Sunday from July to November 2018. During Vancouver PRIDE the tour will run every day at 2 p.m., from July 22 to August 4. Tickets are $32 for an adult or $28 for a senior or student and are available on the website or by calling 604 227 7570.