Angus Praught, a well-known public business figure in Vancouver, has been actively promoting the Vancouver region and Canada, as gay-friendly travel destinations on the world stage since 1996. In November 1999, Praught registered the URL www.gayvan.com online and in January 2003, launched Gayvan.com Travel Marketing. Gayvan.com offers an LGBT-specific interactive web portal, hotel booking engine, annual print and digital publications, as well as event production and consulting services.
In addition to serving two full two-year terms on the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) Board of Directors, Praught served five years on the Vancouver GLBA Board of Directors. He also partnered in a Vancouver gay hotel and bar, the Royal Hotel, from 1998 – 2001, and was the organizing chairperson for both the February 2000 IGLTA Vancouver Symposium and the May 2004 IGLTA Vancouver Convention. With over 25 years experience in the hospitality and travel industry on senior management levels, he has been a long standing member of regional and international tourism organizations and works closely with Tourism Vancouver as a marketing liaison for the LGBT travel segment. Praught also represents the destination on behalf of Tourism Vancouver and the Vancouver, Coast and Mountains Tourism Region, at various LGBT-focused events in the USA.
Recipient of Xtra West’s HERO Community Achievement Awards as Business Citizen of the Year, in both the 2002 and 2004, Praught is also the recipient of the Tourism Industry Leadership Award at the Travel Gay Canada conference in October 2012.
Chris Bolton has yearned for the spotlight ever since he was a boy. He would often put on shows in the living room after the big Family Sunday Dinner. Belting out the Commercial “Wonderful, Wonderful Wonder Bra-aw-aww” was his Fave. Later he attended Gastown Actors Studio where he was inspired under the tootle age of the phenomenal Jessica Van Der Veen. Developing a character named Conni Smudge has been a twenty year journey and it has been his most rewarding to date. “She” has taken him all over the Globe. Conni’s wit, charm and approachable nature has afforded her the honour of performing in the most unlikely of places. From the Biker Bars of Nanaimo to the Grand Theatres of Europe, Mz Smudge has done them all. Chris/Conni adores being a reporter with Outlook TV. It gives “Her” the ability to show the World what an amazingly Inclusive, Loving, Entertaining city Vancouver is!
Brandon Bent is a blogger, film-maker and writer, who reports for us from Toronto.
He currently writes a popular blog “Brandon Bent’s Blog” (http://www.brandonbent.com)
He also is owner of Bent Magazine (http://www.bentmag.com/), which is a queer arts and entertainment magazine that will be in full production by mid-2018.
Brandon is an established video and film producer. He has produced documentaries, music videos, and commercials, just to name a few. His focus is on the LGBTQ community and he hopes to produce a number of films in the future documenting LGBTQ history. He feels that there are so many important stories that need to be told from which we all can learn.
Barb Snelgrove is Promotions Director Roundhouse Radio 98.3 and is a reporter for OutlookTV and OUTtv nationally. She has written for numerous local media outlets as well as on-line publications such as The Huffington Post and SheWired.com. Barb also runs the Vancouver based LGBTQ communications firm megamouthmedia consulting.
A long time community advocate, Barb has been awarded the Vancouver Pride Society Outstanding Community Member Award, has been named as one of OutTV’s “Top Queers of the Year” and was named to the GayVancouver.net Annual List of “Ten People Making a Difference in Vancouver”. She has been a Van Pride Parade Grand Marshal (Local Hero Category), was awarded the 2013 TELUS Pride Legacy Award as Community Superstar, nominated for the 2014 City of Vancouver Award of Excellence Award (under Gender & Inclusion) and was inducted into the Canadian Queer Hall of Fame in Toronto alongside Jane Rule and Jack Layton last Fall.
Gareth C.J. Wee
Gareth mostly reports on issues that tackle social justice, creativity, and LGBT and youth empowerment. He is very passionate about helping people with disabilities, promoting a healthy and safe environment and including people who feel left out. He is also very welcoming of new comers to Vancouver, having moved here back in 2006.
He has volunteered for many organizations that aid people locally and internationally. Outside of reporting and editing for Outlook TV, Gareth is the co-writer and one of the colouring artists for an LGBT webcomic adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake www.princeandswan.com . He loves learning new languages, singing, hiking and training at the Vancouver Circus School.
Gareth Cj. Wee graduated from Simon Fraser University specializing in design and wearable technology. He currently works as a designer for a quasi-government organization.
Garry is a retired Vancouver school teacher who originally hailed from Saskatchewan. He was a founding member of the Gay and Lesbian Educators of BC and continues to take a keen interest in current LGBTQ events.
Garry has been involved with Vancouver LGBTQ organisations over the years including leading Kayaking trips off the coast of Vancouver Island, hiking, skiing etc. He is a lover of gardening and a member of Vancouver’s Green Streets program. Garry is an avid reader and a member of a gay book club.
Originally Garry volunteered as a camera assist with OutLookTV and now has added reporting to his skills. He has covered many events including local LGBTplays, LGBT organisations, Whistler Pride and bringing news from LGBT organisations in Europe.
(Photo by: M. Culver/eyesplash images, 2012)
He’s your token blond! Skyler Baier is originally from Calgary and has since moved to Vancouver. As a true Canucks fan and growing up playing sports, Skyler is Outlook TV’s sportcaster and covers stories of gay sports leagues across the Lower Mainland. Skyler has also reported for Local Connection on Shaw TV and was a contestant on Vancouver’s Next Gay Top Model on OutTV in 2008. His hobbies include fitness, jogging, dining, hiking and playing Super Mario games on Saturday mornings after a night of martini’s at his favorite lounge, 1181. If there is one thing you should know about Skyler- he owns several teddy bears.
After spending some time out east, Laura Shaw has come back home and is ready to re-discover the beautiful city of Vancouver and everything queer that it has to offer.
Laura’s background is in writing and reporting where she has covered many LGBTQ historical and political events.
Laura is looking forward to reporting from all the hottest gay gatherings around town!When not reporting and editing, Laura’s passion is sports and she has coached and competed on many LGBTQ sports teams including the Montreal Phoques Fantastiques and the Toronto Triggerfish with whom she won a Bronze Medal at the 2009 Outgames in Copenhagen. Currently she is playing softball for the Mabel League on Team Sway!
Laura is looking forward to reporting from all the hottest gay gatherings around town!