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Fraser Valley Taboo show cancelled


Fraser Valley Taboo show cancelled

Organizers blame restrictive liquor laws, Christian opposition
Organizers of the fifth annual Fraser Valley Taboo Naughty But Nice Show have cancelled the Abbotsford show, citing restrictive liquor bylaws, as well as opposition from some in the local Christian community.

"We felt that due to the prohibitive liquor rules that govern that area the guest experience is negatively impacted, and the brand experience we create in various markets across Canada would be hampered and impacted as well," Sean Libin, marketing vice-president for Canwest Productions, which produces the event. "The ability of people to enjoy liquor throughout the show is something they do in every market, so why not Abbotsford?"

For the previous four shows, attendees were able to consume alcohol only in a certain area of the venue.

Libin notes that alcohol is allowed on the floor at the other seven Taboo shows in Western Canada, including Vancouver.

The event is held at the Fraser Valley Trade and Exhibition Centre (also known as Tradex), a city-owned facility that is operated by the Tourism Abbotsford Society. Libin says they have been working with Tradex to resolve the issue for years.

Tourism Abbotsford executive director Dan Stefanson says he recognizes the limitations imposed on shows like Taboo and others and is working to have the liquor licence modified. He believes that the city and the BC Liquor Distribution Branch will approve the changes but does not expect it to happen in time for March.

In a press release, Canwest also acknowledges a backlash to the Taboo event from an "increasingly vocal group of Christian fundamentalists" they say is led in large part by former Abbotsford mayoral candidate Gerda Peachey, who spoke against the show at an Abbotsford city council meeting Feb 6.

In her 13-minute speech, Peachey asked whether councillors have "no responsibility to make some minimal standards of decency for buildings that are owned by us, the public."

"Tradex is in a publicly owned building," Peachey said. "It is owned by me and everybody else in this city, and you. And so is the public library, and it, too, rents out its facilities to private people for private events,  and so is this facility right here. This auditorium. Can you conceive ever of renting this facility to a mini version of the Taboo Naughty But Nice sex show? It makes me ill to think of it."

Peachey, who describes herself as an evangelical Christian, says the show conflicts with biblical principles of sexuality.

"I completely believe God created us all and he wants what is best for humanity, and I truly believe he has given guidelines for essentially everything in life but most certainly made men and women for each other," she says. "For me, I think that all departures from this one man, one woman in marriage, all departures from that is something that harms us. It doesn't enhance our life here on earth."

Libin says that Peachey, who has never attended the show, may have an inaccurate impression of the event.

"If she did come to our show, she'd see it's not debauchery or Sodom and Gomorrah," he says. "It's a really accurate cross section of the community representing all makeups of the community who come together for an evening of fun, education and entertainment. You'll see everything is done in a very tasteful and classy way."

Little Sister's co-owner Jim Deva believes that only a vocal minority are opposed to these events. "We've dealt with it for many, many years and it's a very vocal minority, and I think the people responsible should put it into perspective how many people they are and where is it coming from."

Government can't enact our laws from a religious-right perspective, he adds.

Deva describes Taboo as one of the healthiest public events in the province. "It gets couples talking about sexuality," he says. "Some very, very important stuff goes on at Taboo, and it's extremely healthy. There are very few situations where couples can walk around and talk about sex."

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Moving Forward!
I would hate to think that readers from this community and or others would view Peachey’s hateful comments as the majority. I am proud to say that Abbotsford has become more and more progressive over the years. We have a growing LGBTQ community. We are home of the Fraser Valley Youth Society! With a growing member population!, a drop in which serves youth from all over the Fraser Valley! Allies, and community agencies that teach diversity education in schools and community programs. We are spreading a message and that is that love speaks louder than hate. And we are proud of this. We are moving forward, and it will not be long before people from this ‘bigoted perspective’ becomes a much, much smaller group.
Discouraging to hear
I would like everyone to know that there is LGBT community and their allies in town here in Abbotsford. For instance, there is a LGBTQ drop in every Thursday in Abbotsford; called Fraser Valley Youth Society for LGBTQ youth and their allies. There is a church in Abbotsford that has been marrying all couples. I have no interest in going to a Taboo sex show myself but would never think about protesting it and I am offended by her comments regarding non-heterosexual couples being harmful.
Everyone has the right to his/her opinion but...
When that other person's rights to their opinion infringe on others, it is not right. Having said that, as a person who ran for council in the last election, it definitely appears to be control by the Christian fundamentalists. Those elected in, found favour with those voters. It is extremely hard to be "outside" that group, whether you are lgbtq, atheist, or just a regular person who does not agree with the right wing fundamentalists who believe that the Mayor and council should be the morality police. Thank goodness we now have a Mayor who does not believe that he should be the mayorality police. As someone who supports lgbtq in Abbotsford, I just don't understand the rationale that this show is a detriment to our community. Teach healthy respect for sex, open up the dialogue, and be fair to all citizens in Abbotsford, not just a select few. Shame on the Canwest for using this as an excuse to cancel the show. These people only represent a small number of those in Abbotsford. Please come back next year. We will greet you with open arms, I promise.
Peachey too Preachy
Gerda Peachey and her husband Robert (who is a teacher) have been vehemently opposed to anti-homophobia education by the BC Teachers' Federation and within Abbotsford schools. Gerda Peachey has run unsuccessfully for Mayor and School Trustee a number of times. She's basically an extreme right winger who is an embarassment those who live and vote in Abbotsford. Check out her polling numbers they are abysmally low. I'm a gay man who grew up in Abbotsford and know all about religious intolerance from the likes of Peachey and her ilk.
Having grown up in Abbotsford I can tell you those religious folks were the biggest whores around. I've also never slept with more closet cases in my life than when I lived in Abbotsford. Mouat Hawks'86! lol
That's because
Good Christians don't have sex.
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