Massey Theatre New Westminster presents, PRIDE
September 20 – 22, 2019 Massey Theatre, 735 Eight Avenue New Westminster
On stage for a limited run of four performances, Massey Theatre’s current artist in residence, Allan Morgan, will share his one person show. Written by Morgan, the experience follows his path from 1968 forward, chronicling his life as he begins to understand and accept his sexuality and recalls the connections and inner conflicts between his life and the Gay Pride movement. It is the story of one person’s journey though homophobia – both internalized and societal – toward the light of acceptance and love.
“I grew up as a gay person in a time when it was considered a diagnosed mental illness, and nothing to be proud of”, stated Morgan. “My generation was forged in that miasma. But we have walked/protested/rallied forward to a time of prime ministers walking beside us in Pride parades. During my lifetime Gay Pride has morphed from an oxymoron to a bumper sticker.” Allan shares his incredible story up-close and personal in a unique staging where you will be seated on the Massey stage – creating an informal storytelling presentation complete with cookies served with love.
This production marks the beginning of Massey Theatre’s Under the Rainbow 2019/2020 program, a collection of programs and events aimed at building community through art and celebration.
Gay LGBT New Westminster
Rainbow Trivia Night (recurring second Wednesday each month) September 11, 2019
HIM Condom Packing (recurring last Sunday each month) September 29, 2019
Gay Yoga (recurring every Tuesday night September 10,17,24, 2019) New Westminster
Gay / LGBT Queer Events in New Westminster
Come join the Rainbow Trivia Crew Team and compete for prizes on the second Wednesday of the month.
6 PM – 8:30 PM (recurring second Wednesday each month) Judge Begbie’s Tavern 609 Columbia Street New Westminster
HIM (Health Initiative for Men) Condom Packing (recurring last Sunday each month)
Looking for a great way to give back AND make new friends? Volunteer for HIM (Health Initiative for Men) and join them to help stuff, and cram condoms and lube into packages which are distributed to the community. A great way to socialize and meet new people. Light snacks are provided. Held in conjunction with the Rainbow Events Network Sunday Afternoon Beer Bash.
4 PM Judge Begbie’s Tavern 609 Columbia Street New Westminster
Gay Yoga – New Westminster
Monday Night – The Stage New Westminster, River Market, 211 – 810 Quayside Drive New Westminster Columbia, 7:00 PM Sharp
Want to increase your flexibility? Circulation? Overall health and well-being? Join HIM (Health Initiative for Men) for yoga in New Westminster on Monday nights. This no-pressure drop-in session for guys is a safe space for all experience levels and body types. All male-identified folks welcome. A healthy way to meet new people.
This is a safe place for all gay and bi guys and an easy-going group with no attitude. The classes are open to all levels and no previous experience is required.
Sunday Afternoon Beer Bash
Stop by for a cold one. A great opportunity to socialize with old friends and new.
4 PM Judge Begbie’s Tavern 609 Columbia Street New Westminster.
Dining Under the Rainbow
Join other member of New Westminster’s LGBT community for dinner at one of New Westminster’s restaurants. Please remember to RSVP.
Ladies Who Lunch
It’s lunch. It’s a weekday. You are either retired or have a flexible schedule. You are LGBTQ2 or have friends who are. You want to be more social. Come to this event and even bring a friend! Always stimulating conversations and good food. Hope to see you there.
6:30 PM to 11 PM at The Paddle Wheeler Pub at the River Market 810 Quayside Dr #126, New Westminster
Information about Gay New Westminster’s LGBT events
New West Pride
New West Pride aims to promote equality and diversity through all of its events. We host events year round, culminating in a pride festival every August.
New West Pride hopes to promote understanding and cooperation, as well as education in diversity, in order to get rid of the discrimination faced by GLBTQI people.
Gay LGBT Events near New Westminster
There are several gay bowling leagues in Burnaby and Coquitlam near New Westminster. Check out our Social Groups and check out the Gay Sports Groups and Organizations in My Davie Village.
New Westminster’s Queer History
Located 20 km via the Trans-Canada Highway from Vancouver, New Westminster is Western Canada’s oldest city. Named by Queen Victoria, the Royal City is a revitalized and trendy hidden gem of British Columbia. A historical and cultural hub which has something for everyone, from food and shopping, to arts, theatre, and live entertainment.
New Westminster was made the capital of the Colony of British Columbia in 1858. In 1866 when Vancouver Island was united with the colony the capital city was moved to Victoria in an unpopular move on the Mainland. British Columbia joined the Canadian Confederation in 1871.
Raymond Burr (1917 to 1993) was probably one of the most famous people born in New Westminster. He was known for his acting in television dramas such as Perry Mason and Ironside. After Burr’s death from cancer in 1993 his personal life came into question. Burr was married to actress Isaballa Ward in a marriage that only lasted a few months. Burr met Robert Benevides in 1960 who would become Burr’s longtime partner. Benevides was an actor and a veteran of the Korean War. The relationship lasted until Burr’s death in 1993. While Burr had never revealed his homosexuality during his lifetime, it was an open secret.