Kelowna, BC - For the final episode in this season of the streaming series Voices Unheard, the conversation will take a look at Kelowna’s LGBT2Q+ history and the evolution of local Pride celebrations by uncovering the story of a gay man who has been instrumental in fostering the Pride movement in Kelowna. The episode airs on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at a special 12:00 pm (PST) time slot on Unicorns.LIVE and is a key part of the Kelowna Pride Society’s programming for the 2020 Pride Week being celebrated in Kelowna from September 18-27, 2020.
This episode features Wilbur Turner (he/him), who grew up during the 60s and 70s in rural Alberta “in a time when gay wasn't a word you heard.” His upbringing in a conservative Christian cult made it impossible for him to recognize his sexuality, and was eventually ostracized by his own family and the church when he finally came out after 18 years of marriage to a woman. His coming out experience led him to volunteer work in the LGBT2Q+ community; after moving to Kelowna in 2011, he became heavily involved with Kelowna Pride. Wilbur was a key part of taking a small Pride March with a few dozen in attendance, to the festival with thousands in attendance held in 2019.
“Kelowna has grown leaps and bounds in becoming a community that is more accepting, diverse, and inclusive, especially where the LGBT2Q+ community is concerned,” says Executive Producer, Dustyn Baulkham. “Wilbur’s story and his involvement in the LGBT2Q+ community have played a significant role in the amount of support we are now fortunate to have in our city.”
Looking back, Wilbur fondly reflects that he “happily witnessed our annual Pride March go from a few dozen people to thousands participating, including hundreds of allies with growing support from community groups and businesses.” The conversation between Wilbur and Voices Unheard host, Jessica Samuels, will very likely also bring up past tensions between the LGBT2Q+ community and former members of the municipal government. “Developments over the years have been a surprising turn of events at City Hall,” Turner continued.
Voices Unheard is a weekly live streamed series produced by Kelowna-based Unicorns.LIVE in partnership with Kelowna Pride Society. The series brings awareness to underrepresented members of society, which includes people of various racial backgrounds, sexuality, gender identity/expression, age, or ability. Host Jessica Samuels engages a different guest each week in a candid conversation about the challenges they have faced or continue to struggle with, elevating their voice and helping them to tell their stories.
This final episode of Voices Unheard airs live on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 12:00pm (PST) on www.watch.unicorns.live with all episodes available to stream after the original broadcast. Like all content on Unicorns.LIVE (www.watch.unicorns.live), the series is 100% live and unedited.
Live-streams of Voices Unheard are broadcast on watch.unicorns.live free of charge; however, to watch episodes after the live broadcast will require viewers to purchase a subscription watch.unicorns.live, and can do so here. The subscription fee is $8.99/mo + tax, with a 7-day free trial period; annual subscriptions are available for $89.90 + tax (2 months free). For more information visit www.watch.unicorns.live.
Voices Unheard is filmed and produced on the unceded, traditional territory of the syilx (Okanagan) people.
About the Kelowna Pride Society
The Kelowna Pride Society (KPS) is a non-profit organization committed to serving Kelowna's LGBTQ2+ community. KPS creates events and offers programs to connect the community. The organization depends on volunteers, membership, sponsorship and patronage to thrive, and KPS is grateful for the support it is receiving from the community. KPS hosts the popular annual Kelowna Pride Festival (formerly the Okanagan Pride Festival) which draws visitors from throughout the Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada, and the United States.
About Rebellious Unicorns
Rebellious Unicorns is a Kelowna-based events, broadcasting and media production company, dedicated to leading positive change in the Okanagan and curating inclusive events, experiences, and programming that bring people together. Led by Executive Producer, Dustyn Baulkham, Rebellious Unicorns produces Unicorns.LIVE, QUSIC, Peak Pride, FruitCake, the MX., Dirty Mutter & Cub Crawl, and Earth to Table Vegan Market. Rebellious Unicorns respectfully acknowledge that they operate on the unceded, traditional territory of the syilx (Okanagan) people.
For more information, please contact:
Dustyn Baulkham, Executive Producer and Owner
Rebellious Unicorns Production Company