June is Pride Month, where the world comes together to celebrate and honor the LGBTTQ+ communities. Traditionally, the Vancouver Pride Festival occurs in the first week of August, and the Vancouver Pride Parade takes place on the first Sunday.
In White Rock, we celebrate Pride on the last week of July.
Although this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted festivals and celebrations, the White Rock BIA is delighted and proud to recognize the LGBTTQ+ members of our community. We will strive to recognize the diversity in our community and make White Rock more inclusive.
The BIA is proud to feature the following businesses who have come forward as LGBTTQ+ friendly:
Owned by White Rock Pride Society President Ernie Klassen, Ashberry & Logan is located in the heart of White Rock, selling beautiful floral designs and bouquet arrangements. The floral studio features handmade soaps (from Nat’s Lotions and Potions) that are available for $5.00 each or 3 for $12.00.
Photo Courtesy: Ashberry & Logan Facebook
To celebrate Pride, Jan’s on the Beach is featuring a festive Martini special: the LOVE IS LOVE MARTINI with raspberry vodka, peach schnapps, triple sec, and cranberry juice for $8.
Photo Courtesy: Jan’s on the Beach Facebook
Voted best yoga studio in White Rock and South Surrey, Live Yoga offers both in-person or virtual classes (for just $20/month), accessible anytime and anywhere. The studio’s website features its class schedules, featuring 4-5 classes each day that you can directly sign up for online. Live Yoga is renowned for its friendly atmosphere, attentive teachers, and inclusive classes.
As the White Rock Pier lights up in rainbow colours for Pride Week from July 19-25, The Ocean Beach is also featuring its “Tipsy Pig” cocktail for White Rock Pride week, with delicious watermelon, jalapeno, and tequila cocktail.
Photo Courtesy: The Ocean Beach
Susy Tucker is a registered massage therapist and the Director of the White Rock Pride Society. Her business, Susy Tucker Massage Therapy is located on Fir Street near Pacific Ave. Appointments booking can be accessed via JaneApp.
Since its founding in 1992, Tong Moo Do has brought together traditional and modern style martial arts and teaching open hand and weapon patterns, as well as grappling, wrestling, advanced striking, and self-defense. The studio offers both group and private lessons, as well as open mat schedules on Fridays.
Other than the above listed businesses, the following White Rock businesses are also showing their solidarity and support for the LGBTTQ+ community by displaying the White Rock RCMP and White Rock Pride Society “Safe Place” program sticker.
By showing the shield-shaped rainbow decal placed in a window or door of their business site, these businesses self-identify as a welcoming place and a safe space for LGBTTQ+ people:
Toni’s Frame Up
White Rock is home to fantastic beaches, wonderful businesses…and Pride. We hope you’ll celebrate and recognize our diverse, inclusive community.
From all of us at the White Rock BIA, Happy Pride Week.
Other Pride Week celebrations in White Rock include flying the Pride flag at City hall starting July 24 and rainbow lights are displayed on the White Rock Pier from July 19 to 25.