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Social and Community Groups
Creating Connections is a monthly social event for LGBTQ people of all ages and all genders and their allies. The goal is to encourage the unity of our entire community in a friendly social environment. There is a great deal to both teach and learn from one another from sharing our personal stories. firstname.lastname@example.org
Homospun Collective Events is a volunteer-run group that regularly puts on inclusive events in Victoria, BC, Coast Salish Territory for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, two-spirited, genderqueer, and questioning communities, as well as our friends, allies, and anyone interested in creating alternative spaces to meet, create, dance, relax, and make friends.
Lesbians on Vancouver Island
lovi.ca. Lesbians on Vancouver Island meeting online and in real time.
Out of the Closet Renew Boutique
Out of the Closet Renew Boutique is a new fantastic high quality thrift store in downtown Victoria operated by Out of the Closet Queer Sustainability Society!
PFLAG Canada – Greater Victoria Chapter – email@example.com. Meets 3rd Sunday of every month except July and August, at 2 PM at The Lounge at St. John the Divine Anglican Church, 1611 Quadra Street.
An organization that exists to meet the social, educational and recreational needs of mature gay and bi-sexual men.
Queer Parents group
TY MYNYDD POT-LUCK
Quarterly gay men’s pot-luck in a log home on a mountain (Ty Mynydd in Welsh) at 6:30 PM the last Saturday of January, April, July, and October. Men bring one dish of something they enjoy cooking (or find at a delicatessen), a bottle of wine if they wish, and share. Attendance has ranged from 6 to 60 (averaging 30 of late), and ages from 18 to 80. Contact Mac for driving directions.
LGBTQ News, Events, Newsletter
Victoria Lesbian Buddy program
Buddy facebook page
A Free social group for lesbians looking to hang out outside of the bar scene.
200+ members both single & coupled & various activities take place each month depending on season.
Victoria Pride Society
Victoria’s annual Pride Parade and Festival in July.
A series of inclusive events for LGBTTIQQ2SAP folk and the people who love us.
Events are put on 2-3 times annually. Queerposium also has a facebook group:
Aids Vancouver Island
AIDS Vancouver Island serves the needs of people infected and affected by HIV and hepatitis C. We take evidence-based action to prevent infection, provide support, and reduce stigma.
Island sexual health
Offers pro-choice and comprehensive sexual health clinics and education programs for all genders, orientations, identities, abilities, and ages in Greater Victoria, BC.
All services are private, non-judgmental and supportive; for everyone, all of the time.
Men’s Wellness Program
The Men’s Wellness Program promotes men’s wellness with the primary focus to reduce HIV and STIs on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands amongst men who get it on with men.
Positive Women’s Network
Provides education, support and resources for women living with HIV in BC and for service providers in health and social services across the country.
SPARC – Sex Positive Art and Resource Centre
A Sex Positive Space in Victoria for art, culture, play, personal development and revolution
Vancouver Island PWA Society
Offering information and compassionate peer support to all persons with HIV/AIDS through personal growth, achievement, education and cooperation.
Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society
Providing practical, emotional, and social support to people living with HIV and their caregivers. Providing a drivers’ program, home help, advocacy, referrals, home and hospital visits and the Mobile X needle exchange program.
Men’s Trauma Centre – The Men’s Trauma Centre exists to provide treatment and support services to adult and late adolescent males who are survivors of physical, emotional or sexual trauma as well as support for our clients’ significant others. Located at #102 – 1022 Pandora Ave. Note this centre is open to everyone and is not specifically directed to the gay/bi men’s community.
Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre has highly qualified trauma specialists who provide services to individuals impacted by sexual assault and abuse. Serves the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. All-gender crisis line: 250-383-3232
1-888-494-3888 – The Vancouver Island Crisis Line offers 24-hour crisis line service to Vancouver Island, the islands of the Georgia Strait, and the mainland communities between Powell River and Rivers Inlet, as defined by Vancouver Island Health Authority. It operates 365 days a year.”
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) – “The Vancouver Island Crisis Society and five other members of the Crisis Line Association of BC answer a 24/7/365 provincial crisis line to support callers experiencing suicidal thoughts. Workers provide skilled suicide assessment, de-escalation, intervention, referrals, and short-term support.”
310-6789 – “The Crisis Society also answers the provincial 310 Mental Health Support line 24/7/365 to provide empowering emotional support, information on appropriate referral options and a wide range of support relating to mental health concerns.”
Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society
To support lesbian health and social needs as we age by providing safe, accessible, welcoming spaces to build community through public education and social action. The society is open to lesbians of all ages.
Options for Sexual Health (Clinics in BC but not in Victoria – good website)
Provider of sexual health services through clinics, advocacy, education programs, and the 1-800 SEX SENSE information and referral line.
Sagacity Victoria A GLBTQ-friendly pansexual BDSM society – many events are 19+
PEERS provides support, resources, and programs specifically for past and current sex workers—any gender—as well as help with housing, training and volunteering opportunities, advocacy and public education around sexual exploitation and the issues of adult sex work
Trans Health Services:
Dr. Liam Snowdon:
Dr. Julian Young:
Transgender Health Program (BC wide)
Formed to bring together transgender people and loved ones, health care providers, health planners, and researchers to work on improving transgender health services in BC. Welcomes anyone who has a transgender health question or concern. Services are free, anonymous, and confidential.
SRS Surgeon: (Vancouver)
Cameron Bowman MD, FRCSC
Trans Needs Assessment Survey
Info at Positive Space Network Website: “Help us help ourselves in the first Vancouver Island-focused trans needs assessment. Let’s document our needs so we can present empirical, local data to policy makers and others in decision-making positions. This project is community-driven and guided by an Advisory Board of Vancouver Island trans people, mental and physical health care providers, educators, and researchers.”
Trans Alliance Society (Vancouver)
Transgender support, education, outreach and advocacy. In each of these areas, TAS can provide the resources and information needed by trans-persons in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia, going out and speaking at schools and the workplace, enlisting the support and participation of allied individuals and groups, and pushing for reforms, wherever needed.
The personal website of Chelsea Rose. Website has a multitude of trans related book reviews.
‘The University of Victoria has committed itself to the preservation of the history of pioneering activists, community leaders, and researchers who have contributed to the betterment of transgender people.’
Vancouver Island Trans Adventures. (VITA)
TransVictoria TG Support Group:
All-inclusive, nonjudgmental closed peer support group for transfolk, genderqueers, or questioning. All ages & genders welcome. The group exists for support & safety to encourage dialogue & community
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Transend – Transgender Support & Education Society
Now closed but this page has links to other resources.
Online Archived Talk Radio show
University of Victoria and Camosun College:
University of Victoria Pride Collective
The Pride Collective is a constituency group of the University of Victoria Students’ Society mandated to represent, advocate for, and provide services for queer students on Campus.
The Anti-Violence Project
“is committed to addressing and ending gender-based violence on campus(UVic) and beyond. We strive to provide anti-oppressive and sex-positive services, advocacy and action on-campus and off to people of all genders, in partnership and collaboration, in order to address and resist gender-based and all forms of violence.”
Positive Space Network
The Positive Space Network is a visible network of students, faculty, staff and alumni who are working to make the University of Victoria a safer and more inclusive space for people of all genders and sexualities.
Camosun Pride Collective
The Pride Centre is dedicated to providing and creating a safe and supportive environment for members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Two-Spirited and Queer (GLBT2Q) community and their Allies on campus.
South Island Pride Community Centre
…”a community resource providing support, health and social services, and public education for the well being of people of all genders, gender identities, and sexualities in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia.”
Won’t Get Weird
This website, along with the nurses and sex educators on the Options for Sexual Health 1-800-SEX-SENSE phone line, will assist you to determine which BC providers can supply the products, information or services related to sexual health you need, wherever you are in BC.
Youthspace (In Victoria, friendly but not specifically Queer/Trans)
A safe space to reach out to when you’re going through a rough time. Need someone to talk to…? We’re ‘hear’ to help!
We can help you explore options, ideas and other resources, but we won’t tell you what to do (who are we to give you advice?).
Youth Resource (USA) (Not in Victoria but good resource)
YouthResource is a Web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people. YouthResource takes a holistic approach to sexual health and exploring issues of concern to GLBTQ youth, by providing information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy.
North American Gay and Lesbian RV Club.
Queer Victoria Christians:
Social group that meets once a month,
email QVC@shaw.ca or tel: 250-544-8312
The Ledge at the Bedford Regency
Hush (Not exclusively LGBTQ)
The Garden of Eden
Victoria’s one stop adult sex shop since 1973, featuring all your favorite adult products.
Susan James Store:
Susan James Store is a high-end boutique catering to women and couples who are looking for innovative and exciting products to enhance their personal pleasure.
Everything you ever wanted to know about condoms and online ordering. (Located in Victoria)
Groups of sex-positive businesses and community members – website and events calendar
Some Good Sex Toy Sites That aren’t in Victoria:
online sex toy store with all kinds of good sex info
Really well made gear, stuff for “custom dudes”, and all kinds of kink surprises, It’s in Toronto so it doesn’t have to cross the border when shipped!!
Good For Her
Sex Toy Store in Toronto, creator of the Feminist Porn Awards.
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