Queer History Night

Join us at The Rio April 28th for Queer History Night:

Screening “In particular, barbara findlay” 

Visit the history of this Canadian social justice progress through the remarkable lives of human rights lawyer barbara findlay Q.C. and the army of queer activists who challenged and changed the laws of this country. Meet Kimberly Nixon, the Transactivist pioneer, and 13-year-old Tru Wilson who compelled the Catholic school board to change their policies. Meet members of December 9th coalition such as Sadie Keuhn and Craig Maynard, the groundbreaking group of activists who worked to establish rights within institutional structures. Hear Métis writer Joanne Arnott explain how activists ran unlearning oppression workshops in order to be more effective in their own causes. Meet Sandy Leo Laframoise and Deborah Brady, founders of the High Risk Society – a drop-in centre for transgender sex workers who were HIV positive, who connected with barb through the Trans Reform Project, which laid the groundwork for which laws needed to be changed. Hear from elder Jeannette Piry, who navigated the health system’s homophobia as her partner of 50 years was dying. And from Sheila (barbara’s parter of 25 years, author of Still Sane) who gave voice to the experience of so many lesbians at the time: the story of being locked up in a mental hospital when she asked her university student health counselor for help in coming out.

Directed by Becca Plucer, this documentary is a vivid and compelling look at how much queer lives have changed over the past 30 years. “In particular, babara findlay” was made with funding from OUTtv and is part of theOutspoken Biographies series. More information can be found at outtv.ca.

After the screening there will be a chance to talk with many of the film’s participants in person. 

Doors 6:30pm | Show at 7:00 pm 

Q & A hosted by barb

All Ages welcome in the balcony, +19 with 2 pieces of ID to access main floor & full bar service.

$10 but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Advanced tickets available online by clicking HERE

**Groupons and passes not accepted for this screening

Accessibility update: 

The results of a disability audit of the Rio can be found here:https://drive.google.com/folderview

There will be ASL interpreters for the movie and the discussion by professional interpreters. There will also be reserved seating to view the ASL interpretation. 

Broadway Sushi, next door to the Rio, has agreed to welcome folks from the event who want to access their washroom, which is accessible to folks with mobility devices.

Please let us know if you have any accessibility or monetary barriers to attending. We would like to make it possible for anyone who would like to attend.

This event takes place on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. As we organize, we also remember the historical and ongoing colonial genocide against Indigenous peoples that make it possible for us to be here as settlers.



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Voted the #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre is a multimedia venue featuring arthouse, mainstream and cult-classic cinemas as well as live entertainment. Built in 1938, the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage and 420 luxurious seats.

1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Phone: 604.879.3456

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