Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan

Lesbian National Parks and Services

Lesbian National Parks and Services had been started in 1997 to place a lesbian existence into the landscape. In complete uniform as Lesbian Rangers, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan patrol parklands, challenging the overall public’s ideas of tourism, entertainment, therefore the environment that is“natural. Designed with informative brochures and knowledge that is well-researched they’re a noticeable homosexual existence in areas where ideas of history and biology exclude all but an extremely few.

The Rangers come in near constant demand and possess performed “tours-of-duty” across Canada and abroad such as the Sydney Gay/Lesbian Mardi Gras (Australia) and Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (United States Of America) in every types of surface from areas to town roads to college halls. They will have additionally written brochures and publications, developed postcards and videos, informing and recruiting since to 1997. The Rangers’ work is on going.

“Do unto lesbians while you could have lesbians do unto you. ”

First done: July 1997, Banff nationwide Park, Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta

Photos by Don Lee and Laura Vanags associated with the Banff Centre, Wolfgang Gunzel, Zab, Sheila Spence and memorial at University of Lethbridge

The next is an excerpt through the Handbook of this Junior Lesbian Ranger, self-published, 2001.

Everyone else would like to be considered a Junior Lesbian Ranger. Some would you like to wear the uniform that is famous. Some cannot await adventures within the bush. Plus some seek the companionship which comes from being significantly more than a sibling to a other Ranger. Whatever your basis for attempting to join the corps, you have to. Realize most of the duties and obligations that include being fully a Junior Lesbian Ranger.

It may be difficult to think when it comes to recruit that is new but just 10% of every feminine populace is lesbian. Undoubtedly with knowledge, spunk, and an elbow that is little we are able to enhance upon this! But exactly how? First of all, every Junior Ranger need to do all she will to serve and protect the wilds that are lesbian. Become familiar with nature. We Rangers ask ourselves The Three Ws: “Where does she live? ”, “What does she consume? ”, and “With who does she rest? ” If you keep in mind these helpful concerns, you quickly should be able to determine a myriad of fascinating individuals. More to the point, you will have the data needed seriously to assist our numbers thrive and multiply. Learn zealously and observe respectfully. Right away you should have lesbians that are wild from your own hand.

The next is an excerpt type the Lesbian National Parks and Services Field Guide to the united states (Pedlar Press, 2002). Available through bookstores towards you!

Few in our midst can resist the roly-poly antics of romping bear cubs, the startling elegance of prairie antelope or the sullen pose of nocturnal club rats. Animals add significantly to the enjoyment associated with the world that is natural. They supply solace, inspiration and a great reason for a tromp within the bush.

Known as when it comes to great looking mammary glands that characterize the feminine regarding the genus, animals vary in proportions through the massive Blue Whale to your diminutive Pigmy Shrew and inhabit every understood ecosystem, from arctic barrens to fragrant swamps, from deepest oceans to your wilderness sands, from lofty hills to arid plains and from town roads to residential district sprawl. Animals are our pets, our dinners, our workmates and our friends. You will find 350 types of the hairy, warm-blooded animals residing north for the border that is mexican.

Necessary to our economies and our ecosystems, human being life is inextricably bound to the mammalian brethren. Though we often forget, also the lowliest of animals, be they Big-Eared Bats or Hog-Nosed Skunks, are our cousins, for we have been animals ourselves.


Pilot Lorri Millan and Flight Attendant Shawna Dempsey board people for a performance aboard an antique Vickers Viscount passenger jet. The journey that is metaphysical the entwined fates of a pair of newlyweds, a precocious kid, a war veteran and a hijacker. Nevertheless, it’s the market who’re the real people, travelling through some time room as Dempsey and Millan spin a 1970s story laced with disco, salted peanuts and transcendence.

“This is 1979. The journey attendant is contemporary. She actually is an item associated with intimate revolution and women’s lib. She’s got a working task along with her very very own apartment. She’s visited discos in big urban centers. She scans for UFOs whenever she looks up into the night sky. This can be 1979, whenever airlines you need to hijackers where they wish to get. No protection checks, no searches, no fresh atmosphere marshals. Every worldwide pilot is granted a map of Havana’s airport. Its that typical. This is certainly 1979, whenever every thing appears feasible because all things are impossible. The button that is red the Cold War, nuclear war, nuclear cold weather… time is ticking! Absolutely Nothing inspires residing like imminent death. ”

Duration: 35 mins

First performed: Might 2014, Western Canadian Aviation Museum, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Photos by Lorri Millan and Lief Norman

The Local Sky Tonight

The Local Sky Tonight or what exactly is Being Refused is a component planetarium show, and component rumination on Alice in Wonderland, the type of rabbits and heroes: a guide that is off-kilter the movie movie movie stars tonight.

“I’m late, we’m belated for my life! To accomplish lists referencing to accomplish lists, referencing calendars referencing alerts very long since ignored. The clock that is giant of cosmos… sun increase, sunset: that song over and over repeatedly stuck in my own mind…. “

Duration: 35 moments

First performed: February 2016, FADO, Toronto, Ontario

Photos bt Peter Chen