Pride Wedding 2016
This 38th annual PRIDE celebration marked a very special event in the history of Vancouver Pride with the inclusion of a legal marriage ceremony on the main stage before thousands of joyous spectators.
"Same-sex couples hoping to get married or wanting to renew their vows can do so this year in a very public way at a marriage ceremony to be held on the main stage at the Vancouver Pride Festival held at Sunset Beach on July 31.
Sister Festivus Illuminata of the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, who is an ordained minister and is sanctioned to perform and solemnize marriages in B.C., Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec, will officiate the ceremony." -- The Georgia Straight
Sister Fetivus is already receiving emails asking if such an event will take place again next year during Vancouver PRIDE. We'll keep you updated.
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“It’s to bring to Canadian’s attention just how lucky we are to be living in a country where civil marriage act of 2005 provides under the Canadian constitution a gender-neutral marriage definition,” Sister Festivus told Daily Hive. “We want to be reminded how lucky we are because many people don’t have that.”
The couples she’ll be marrying are across all parts of the LGBTQ community – gay, lesbian, and trans – and she says there’s still room for up to five more couples to join them on stage. -- Lauren Sundstorm - Dailyhive
Pride Wedding 2017
Presided over by Sister Festivus Illuminata, Vancouver PRIDE 2017 hosted the second wedding ceremony of the Greater Vancouver LGBTQ2+ community.
Sr. Festivus and The Vancouver Sister's of Perpetual Indulgence (the Abby of the Long Cedar Canoe) are planning to once again celebrate freedom and love by preforming a wedding ceremony on the main stage at PRIDE 2017 at Sunset Beach, on August 6, 2017!
For this PRIDE event we thought we might do something a bit different and shine a spotlight on a particular group within our community and the beautiful diversity of their love. So we are put our focus on a couple where one or both parties self identify as trans, genderqueer, two-spirit or gender and non-conforming.
This turned out to be a wonderful opportunity. Although trans identities are trending at this time, or "having a moment" in the world of mainstream media, not a lot has been said so far concerning the loving, stable and respectful trans, genderqueer, two-spirit or gender non-conforming relationships that we know are out there!
Seeing happy people in love can mean the world to questioning youth and let them know that there is a wonderful future waiting for them if they allow themselves to be themselves an embrace who they truly are! With love and respect,
Together we made PRIDE 2017 truly remarkable and something every special that we will long remember.