Last month the Okanagan Pride Society used its Facebook page to post about the trends and themes that came out of the 2016 Pride Survey. Here’s a recap for our friends not on Facebook or those who missed out:

Pride Venues: Our community certainly had some STRONG opinions on venues. Kelowna can be tough when trying to find just the perfect spot to host a party, drag show or talk. We’re going to explore some new spaces and ideas for 2017. Stay tuned.

Pride Accessibility: Designated seating for community members with disabilities was specifically identified, as was the need for better signage. This was really important feedback. The need for some general seating at the festival in the park and the drag competition was also suggested. You have been heard. We also have plans to post temporary gender-neutral signage on washrooms at future OPS events.

Pride Diversity & Inclusivity: We try to ensure events are as inclusive as possible – something that appeals to all letters of the LGBT2Q+ alphabet and our allies. We know we still have work to do, particularly with welcoming events for our bisexual, trans, indigenous, and senior populations. We also recognize the need for under-19 events for youth. We’ll be mindful as we develop our 2017 programming.

Pride Rally & Festival in the Park: Lots of feedback on this signature event. We’ll be looking at some ways to include the downtown business community and how to provide some relief from that scorching Okanagan sun. We might even throw in a sports tournament for all you Sporty Spice kids.