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Return of the 2017 Pride Guide

by Vancouver Pride Society

After a successful venture last season, the Vancouver Pride Society has completed negotiations with the Westender and Glacier Media for publishing rights of the 2017 Official Pride Guide. The annual publication is the definitive guide showcasing stories and events which take place throughout Vancouver during Pride Month leading up to Pride Week July 31st to August 6th 2017.

"The Official Pride Guide is more than just an annual publication" says Kieran Burgess, Managing Director. In addition to hiring a graphic designer who worked extensively on giving the Pride Guide a new layout, the Society also secured a Social Media Coordinator who assisted in creating unique content. "The Pride Guide allowed us to provide meaningful learning opportunities for students who want real-time experience in their profession" says Burgess.

Vancouver Pride Society Co-Chair Alan Jernigan spoke of the partnership as being "an important part of building our organizational capacity" For the past three seasons, VPS has focused on strategic partnerships with local businesses who play a vital role in planning a successful pride season. The on-going relationship ensures the guide continues as an inclusive social venture while leveraging the expertise of the Westender.

Improvements are in the works for the 2017 edition including an expanded section for community listings. "Demand for this section was overwhelming," says Gail Nugent, Publisher of Westender. "We will work with Vancouver Pride to showcase relevant content and local events." It's vital to provide the LGBTQ+ community with a voice in the Official Pride Guide and pride app. Vancouver Pride invites input from writers for story submissions. Visit Vancouverpride.ca click Get Involved and complete the web form.

The 2017 edition of the guide will also be available in a digital format which is estimated to produce an extra 200,000 readers. Vancouver Pride Society will also integrate the guide into their official mobile app. Net sales support Vancouver Pride's accessibility programs, including wheelchair viewing and narration for the visually impaired during the parade, as well as ASL interpreters at Sunset Beach.

Sales are open and small businesses owners are encouraged to book ad space now and pay in April. It's a great way to support your business and support Vancouver Pride. For information and advertising rates click GET INVOLVED - Become a Partner or email us prideguide@vancouverpride.ca

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