Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan

Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan

Lesbian National Parks and Services

Lesbian National Parks and Services ended up being launched in 1997 to place a lesbian presence into the landscape. In complete uniform as Lesbian Rangers, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan patrol parklands, challenging the overall public’s ideas of tourism, relaxation, together with environment that is“natural. Loaded with informative brochures and well-researched knowledge, these are typically an obvious homosexual existence in areas where ideas of history and biology exclude all but a tremendously few.

The Rangers come in near constant demand and also have 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 all manner of surface from areas to town roads to college halls. They’ve 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 will have lesbians do unto you. ”

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

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

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

Everyone else would like to be considered a Junior Lesbian Ranger. Some like to wear the famous uniform. Some cannot await adventures within the bush. Plus some seek the companionship that comes from being significantly more than a sibling up to an other Ranger. Whatever your reason behind attempting to get in on the corps, you have to. Realize most of the duties and obligations that include being a Junior Lesbian Ranger.

It could be difficult to think for the brand new recruit, but just 10% of any feminine populace is lesbian. Clearly with knowledge, spunk, and a small elbow oil we could enhance upon this! But just just exactly how? First of all, every Junior Ranger should do all she can to provide and protect the lesbian wilds. Become familiar with plants and creatures. We Rangers ask ourselves The Three Ws: “Where does she live? ”, “What does she consume? ”, and “With who does she rest? ” In the event that you keep in mind these helpful concerns, you quickly should be able to determine all sorts of fascinating people. Moreover, you shall have the data necessary to assist our numbers thrive and multiply. Research zealously and observe respectfully. Very quickly you should have lesbians that are wild from your hand.

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

Few in our midst can resist the roly-poly antics of romping bear cubs, the grace that is startling of antelope or the sullen pose of nocturnal club rats. Animals add greatly to the satisfaction associated with the normal globe. They offer solace, inspiration and an excellent reason for a tromp when you look at the bush.

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

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


Pilot Lorri Millan and Flight Attendant Shawna Dempsey board people for a performance aboard a classic Vickers Viscount passenger jet. The journey that is metaphysical the entwined fates of a set of newlyweds, a precocious youngster, a war veteran and a hijacker. Nonetheless, it is the market that are the real people, travelling through time and area as Dempsey and Millan spin a 1970s story laced with disco, salted peanuts and transcendence.

“This is 1979. The trip attendant is contemporary. This woman is a item regarding the intimate revolution and women’s lib. She’s a working work and her very very own apartment. She’s visited discos in big metropolitan areas. She scans for UFOs whenever she looks up into the night sky. This might be 1979, whenever airlines you need to hijackers where they wish to get. No protection checks, no queries, no atmosphere marshals. Every worldwide pilot is granted a map of Havana’s airport. It really is that typical. This will be 1979, when every thing appears feasible because all things are impossible. The red key, 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

Tonight the Local Sky

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

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

Duration: 35 moments

First performed: February 2016, FADO, Toronto, Ontario

Photos bt Peter Chen