medals + mingling

This Is What You’re Missing If You’re Gay and Not at the Vancouver Olympics

Vancouver’s Pride House, involved in Stephen Colbert’s latest antics, just happens to be located across the street from BC Liquors. Fitting, because with all these gay pride celebrations during the Olympics, it’s important to stay well stocked.

Above, gals Claire Squires and Sally Barton take us on a tour of the “You Gotta Be Out Here” event at the B.C.-Canada Pavilion, the gay pride event that went down with the blessing of Olympics officials. (Xtra has more from the party here.) It’s where Canadian homos and visiting queers could mingle and celebrate with Canada’s own 1992 Olympic gold medalist swimmer Mark Tewksbury. And other self-professed “swimmers bodies.”

Below, Butch takes us on a tour of Pride House and Vancouver’s Gay Village/West End, where we learn Canadian gay bars are strikingly similar to every other gay bar you’ve ever been to. Ever!

Wish you were here!