LGBTQ people across the world are banding together to support the victims of last week’s gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, even here in Vancouver.
On Friday night Vancouver club the Odyssey held a drive donating more than just liquor profits and cover.
Their DJ ‘Ginger Bear’ donated his fee, and drag queen Dynasty, who was hired to perform, donated hers as well.
Most of the rest of the performers worked for free.
General manager Brandon Folkes says ‘about a couple hundred people’ packed the club, with the winners of 50-50 raffles donating their winnings back to the cause.
He says the community felt a lot of fear, anger, and sadness after the incident, and Friday was a great night for them to unite.
“We’re gonna keep our safe spaces, like our bars and our nightclubs, alive. And show that, you know, we’re not going to let something like this hold us back from being in these places that we find as safe.”
After the final tally, the club raised $5663 for the Pulse Victims Fund.