Shambhala Camp: This is a Sign, LGBTea Party
$3,000 CAD awarded to The Boys and Girls Club – Lethbridge, AB
For our 20th Anniversary, we went big and launched the Greater Good Contribution Contest! Every year we see incredible, fun and thoughtful contributions you make on the farm for your fellow Shambhalovelies. YOU continue to make The Shambhala Experience what it is and here is how we thank you. Thanks for all your heartfelt submissions and all your inspiring stories about your contributions!
The second place is awarded to Lyndsay Labrecque and her Camp, This is a Sign and LGBTea Party. Thanks to her submission and contribution, we will be donating $3,000 CAD to The Boys and Girls Club (Lethbridge, AB).
Lyndsay, first attended Shambhala Music Festival in 2011 and started the Shambhala LGBTea Party in 2013, which she continues to organize with her camp, This Is A Sign, every year at the Living Room Stage. Her goal in creating this event was to create a safe space for the queer community at the farm to get together in freedom of expression, and to “bring them together for a quick cup of tea before heading back out into the abyss”. You may have seen them with their arms full with flags, tea pots, cupcakes and cheese platters trotting over to the back end of the Living Room Stage.
After Lyndsay’s first Shambhala, she was inspired by how accepting the Shambhala community was and found the strength to come out to her family.
“Whenever someone asks me what I love about Shambhala, I tell them that it is a place where the truer you are to yourself, the more you will be rewarded. Later that year I came out to my family as transgender and began the long process that transition entails. It wasn’t long before I knew I needed to give back to the Shambhala community in the same way I had been impacted.”
Lyndsay is very involved in the queer community past the festival:
- She became admin of the Facebook Shambhala Pride Page and helped grow the group’s membership to over 150% which allowed them to throw an even larger tea party in following years.
- She is the Technical Director for a queer theatre in Lethbridge, Theatre Outre
- She provides community with queer social hub called Club Didi: a queer/body/love positive space for events such as drag queen performances, clothing exchanges, open mic nights for queer musicians, improvised theatre and full stage productions for entire city at large
- Holds monthly dances where Lyndsay performs under the moniker of DJ Rabbyt
“I think it is important to continue to maintain a strong presence of body, sex and gender positivity when it comes to the EDM scene at large.”
This Is A Sign Camp:
“Our camp values self expression above all else and encourages others to be who they are to the truest value they can achieve”
Lyndsay’s camp members are also quite involved in the queer community:
- Sean Desrochers – president of Lethbridge Outreach, a queer support and activism network. She has also volunteered for several years with Shambhala’s Harm Reduction Team.
- Jordy Grant – creator of Bamboo Bass Festival in Costa Rica, PK Sound Tech for Fractal Forest 2015-2017.
- Deonie Hudson (Lyndsay’s partner) – Shambhala 2017 first time attendee, resident designer for Theatre Outre/Club Didi, manages largest local bridal store in Western Canada and offers services to queer community.
Their chosen non-profit helps youth across Lethbridge run their own queer safe space for children between the ages of 14-18. They plan to distribute the funds through The Boys and Girls Club to:
- Lethbridge Pride: The first organization to obtain permits to paint not only rainbow coloured crosswalks in their town, but world’s second transgender crosswalk
- OUTreach: Provides support for all members of the LGBTQ+ community and works with local, provincial, federal politicians to advance LGBTQ+ rights
- Theatre Outre/Club Didi: Create safe space for queers and allies to express themselves through theatre and dance in true Shambhala fashion, without judgment
“On behalf of the LGBTea party and the crew of “This is a Sign”, I would like to express our deepest gratitude to Shambhala and the Greater Good contest for helping us support our charity and local community. Our camp has been throwing the LGBTea party at Shambhala for the past 5 years as a way to give back to Shambhala as a whole and to provide a place where LGBTQ+ and Allies can gather while we enjoy a nice cup of tea and the comforts of “Home”. It’s an honor to be able to bring a piece of the Shambhala spirit back to share with our community.
The donation from The Greater Good Contest will be given to The Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge. Through this donation they will be able to continue to grow their QSA program as well as add additional support to other groups in Lethbridge, Alberta that offer more programs, support and events for the LGBTQ+ community including OUTReach, The Lethbridge Pride Association and Theatre Outre Society. This donation will mean so much to LGBTQ+ youth and adults alike.
From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of The Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge, THANK YOU Shambhala! Thank you to the whole Shambhala community for creating a spirit that can be taken into the world and change lives.
Lyndsay “Rabbyt” Labrecque and the crew of This is a Sign.”
Have a story about how you’ve made a positive impact on Shambhala and the world beyond? Keep an eye out for the Greater Good Contribution Contest next year!