LGBTQ Resources Vancouver

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Churches
Services in Surrounding Areas

Community Groups

QMUNITY
QMUNITY is BC’s leading queer resource centre. Located on Bute Street in Vancouver’s West End we are a hub for the lesbian, gay, trans, bi and queer community.
Gab Youth (for queer, questioning and ally youth 13 to 25 years of age), http://www.qmunity.ca/youth/gab-youth-services/support/
Generations (for the aging and elder members of our community),
Education/Outreach, Volunteer Services, Prideline Information and Referral line, Anti-Violence resources, Coming Out and Social Support Groups, Free Counselling, Meeting Spaces and our ‘Out on the Shelves’ Library.

Queer Families
A place for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered parents and their families living in Greater Vancouver

PFLAG Vancouver (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
“We provide support for all family members and friends. We work to create an environment of understanding so our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered children can live with dignity and respect.”

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.

Vancouver Pride Society
The Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) brings together members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirited and Queer community, their friends, allies and supporters in celebration! We represent the unique culture and spirit of our community by producing quality, inclusive events such as the Pride Parade and Festival.

The Pride Education Network
The Pride Education Network of teachers, administrators, support staff, youth and parents strives to make the B.C. school system more welcoming and equitable for LGBTQ students and staff, and queer families. We imagine schools as places where differences are not simply tolerated, but celebrated.

Sher Vancouver
Sher Vancouver is a social, cultural and support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered South Asians and their friends, families and allies.

Rainbow Refugee Committee (RRC)
Founded in 2000, Rainbow Refugee Committee (RRC) is a Vancouver based community group that supports and advocates with people seeking refugee protection because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Rainbow Refugee Committee engages in outreach, advocacy and public education on QLGBT/HIV+ refugee issues. RRC is member driven and all volunteer.

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Vancouver Gay Dads
For gay men who are Dads or want to become Dads. A new group of men with family interests in Metro Vancouver. Social activities, play dates, info sharing on adoption choices and surrogacy.

Pinoy Pride
Pinoy Pride Vancouver is the first Filipino-Canadian LGBTQ group in British Columbia. (facebook page)

Rainbow Families Vancouver
“Jenni and I had our son in November 2010. From conception, pregnancy, childbirth and now raising a child, we recognize the unique and special experience of being a queer family. We hear there are lots of us out there, but sometimes hard to connect to … So we decided to start a group that will offer social activities, play dates, information sessions and mutual support.”

Hominum
Hominum is an informal support group to help gay, bi-sexual or questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. We do not practice group therapy

Taz Men
We produce “Kairotic Retreats” to explore our Vision and Values to manifest a living myth.
We are involved with related projects that explore the Vision and Values, including creation of art environments, participatory music, improvisational dance, immersive theatre, contact sport and bodywork.

Truth Wins Out
Truth Wins Out is a non-profit organization that fights anti-gay religious extremism.
TWO monitors anti-LGBT organizations, documents their lies and exposes their leaders as charlatans. TWO specializes in turning information into action by organizing, advocating and fighting for LGBT equality. TWO’s goal is to create a world where LGBT individuals can live openly, honestly and true to themselves.

Vancouver chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
We exist as an order of 21st century queer nuns who welcome a broad spectrum of genders, sexual orientations and religious/spiritual traditions. Through humour, irreverent wit and glamorous manifestation, we seek to transform social structures that continue to oppress the vulnerable in our society. Through introspection and community service, we support the spiritual and personal development of our members and those we serve.

Transend – Transgender Support & Education Society
Now closed but this page has links to other resources.

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Social Groups

Fly Girl Productions
“Since we put on our first event in 2001, Flygirl has become one of the leading lesbian event organizers in North America. Along the way we’ve earned an international reputation for exceptional events that spark phenomenally good times.” Lesbian Events in Vancouver

Queer Bash
Queer Bash is a queer focused dance party with a emphasis on fun, art and community.

Bent Car Guys
BentCarGuys is an energetic Car Club that brings Gay and Lesbian “Car Guys” together through automotive related events and activities.

Meet Ups
“18 meetup groups matched the term “lesbian” near burnaby, bc” Do your own search ; )

Pacific Canadian Association of Nudists
P-CAN is a club for adult gay and bisexual men who enjoy nudity in a social setting. This website provides information about our club and the nudist events and fundraising activities we sponsor.

Primetimers Vancouver
“We are a very active social and recreation group for gay and bi men, 35 and up, who meet regularly in the Vancouver, British Columbia”

Radical Faeries Vancouver
The intention of this group is to keep all Vancouver area Radical Faeries informed of local and remote Faerie happenings.

Libido Events
Libido Events is a production company which teaches sex education classes, hosts educational, social, and play-based adult events, and promotes other events celebrating alternative sexuality in our culture.

GayVancouver.net
Gay information website; everything gay in Vancouver from nightlife to community listings to personal ads.

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Arts

Queer Film Festival
For 11 days each August, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival brings the very best in queer independent cinema from around the world to Vancouver. As the city’s second largest film festival, we privilege creative innovation and audience experience.

Out in Schools
Homophobia and bullying are serious issues facing today’s youth, particularly queer youth. By bringing queer films to local high schools to facilitate discussion with youth on bullying, homophobia and stereotypes, we give youth a safe space to explore these issues. We aim to increase understanding through education to combat the issues threatening the safety of our classrooms for all students.

Queer Arts Festival
The Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver is an annual showcase of queer arts, culture and history.

Screaming Weenie Productions
Western Canada’s queer theatre company

Sounds and Furies
Sounds & Furies is a small yet diversified business producing concerts, workshops, retreats and special events throughout the year, mostly in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Producer of The BOLD festival.

BOLD Fest
Bold Old(er) Lesbians and Dykes annual festival produced by Sounds and Furies.

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Burstin’ with Broadway
Burstin’ with Broadway was born, a non-auditioned community choir dedicated to singing Musical Theatre repertoire on the North Shore.

Raving Theatre Co.
Raving Theatre is a non-profit company committed to encouraging & developing new works by local gay & lesbian playwrights & supporting all aspects of live theatre including theatre, dance ,music, video, film and performance art.

Not So Strictly Ballroom
Offering Vancouver’s only same-sex ballroom classes and dances since 1995, Not So Strictly Ballroom aims to create a community of social dancers in the gay and lesbian community.

Vancouver Men’s Chorus
The Vancouver Men’s Chorus is one of Canada’s premier singing ensembles and Canada’s first gay chorus. For more than 25 years, we’ve delighted audiences locally and abroad.

The Rainbow Band
We are a group dedicated to providing an outlet for Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered and Bisexual people who are looking for a safe and supportive environment to practice and perform music.

Vancouver Lesbian and Gay Choir
Founded in 1990, Out in Harmony (formerly the Vancouver Lesbian and Gay Choir) is a performing group. We are an inclusive, non-auditioned choir and welcome members of all genders, orientations and levels of ability. We are a registered non-profit organization.

Squares Across The Border
Gay and lesbian Square dancing club: Squares Across The Border is a proud member of the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs.

Leaping Thespians
Leaping Thespians is a woman’s theatre company bringing stories of lesbians’ lives to Vancouver audiences. The company debuted in Nelson in the 1990′s and has performed in Nelson, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Kamloops and Prince George.

Timberline Dance
Vancouver’s LGBT Country-Western Dance Connection

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Radio
QueerFM or QueerFM facebook
QueerFM Vancouver Now in its 18th year, QueerFM Vancouver broadcasts four full hours of content for the LGBTQ community each week on CiTR 101.9 FM. QueerFM – Sundays @ 6pm – 8pm

GenderTalk
Online Archived Talk Radio show

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Books and Archives

The B .C. Gay and Lesbian Archives
The B .C. Gay and Lesbian Archives was founded in 1976 with the task of collecting, preserving and making accessible research materials about the lives of British Columbia gay, lesbian, bisexual, trangender and intersexual persons. Since it began, the collection has grown to over three-quarters of a million items.
contact: rondutton at shaw.ca 604-669-5978 Ron Dutton

Little Sister’s
Since 1983 Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium has been serving the adult, (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) communities of Canada. With over 1000 book titles in stock, Little Sister’s has a great selection of current adult and GLBT related literature, with many hard to find titles on our shelves. Our long legal struggle against censorship and our commitment to serve the GLBT community has helped make Little Sister’s a recognizable name around the world.

Spartacus Books
Non-profit educational society and bookstore. Queer studies, LGBT literature, politics, cultural theory, magazines and more. Volunteers welcome.

Trans-Spirit.com
The personal website of Chelsea Rose. Also has a multitude of trans related book reviews.

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Health Services, HIV/AIDS

The Transgender Health Program
“The Transgender Health Program was launched by Vancouver Coastal Health in June 2003 to bring together transgender people and loved ones, health care providers, health planners, and researchers to work on improving transgender health services in BC. We welcome anyone who has a transgender health question or concern. Our services are free, anonymous, and confidential.”

Women’s Health Collective
“Provides women-centred health information to support women with their search for appropriate, quality health care. We also raise awareness and inspire action for the feminist advancement of women’s health. Free nurse practitioner, free drop-in yoga, and pharmacy on site.”

Positive Living BC
Positive Living Society of British Columbia is dedicated to empowering persons living with HIV/AIDS through mutual support and collective action.

Health Initiative for Men
Health Initiative for Men is a community-based organization dedicated to strengthening the health and well-being of gay men.  Our approach includes physical, sexual, social and mental health.

Vancouver Friends For Life Society
Vancouver Friends For Life Society is a non-profit organization which enhances the wellness of individuals living with very serious illnesses, by providing complementary and alternative health and support services.

Dr. Peter Centre
Providing comfort care for people with HIV/AIDS. The Dr. Peter Centre, with a Day Health Program and a 24-hour Assisted-Living Residence, is the first HIV/AIDS health care centre of its kind in Canada.

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Aids Vancouver
The first AIDS service organization in Canada and in response to the growing need for community health organizations to support individuals vulnerable to the epidemic.

A Loving Spoonful
A Loving Spoonful is a volunteer-driven, non-partisan Society that provides free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS in Greater Vancouver.

Vancouver AIDS Memorial
After 17 years, the Vancouver AIDS Memorial Society is closing permanently. A lack of funding and volunteers left them unable to operate. The 2010 AIDS Memorial and Candlelight Vigil was the last to be hosted by the Society. This link to Positive Living BC site, provides a map to the Memorial.

Community Based Research Centre
Community Based Research Centre: (CBRC) is a non-profit charitable society using participatory research as a strategy for developing knowledge and building healthy communities. Projects include:
SexNowSurvey.com, the InvestiGAYtors for gay youth, BC Gay Men’s Health Summit and Totally Outright

B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
The B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS provides education to health care providers, conducts natural history and observational studies, develops innovative laboratory tests, and carries out clinical trials. Its drug program is at the core of the Centre’s activities.

Positively Positive
Inspirational Speaker and educator Bradford McIntyre has been living positively since 1985.

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The Compassion Club
Their mission is to provide high quality medicinal cannabis and other natural health care services, promoting a holistic approach to healing and living.

Options for Sexual Health
Provider of sexual health services through clinics, advocacy, education programs, and the 1-800 SEX SENSE information and referral line.

Cameron Bowman MD, FRCSC
SRS Surgeon

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Businesses

Gay and Lesbian Business Association (GLBA)
“We are an association of professional and ethical businesses that support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered community with products and services”

Gay and Lesbian Buisness Directory
Gay and Lesbian Buisness Directory for Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa through Pink Triangle Press

Gay Vancouver
Our Gay Vancouver and Gay Canada online guides offer information on events, hotels and gay-friendly businesses in the Vancouver region, across Canada and beyond.

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Universities and Colleges
Out On Campus
Out on Campus is Simon Fraser University’s safe space for queer students/faculty/staff and their allies.

Pride UBC
Pride UBC is an AMS resource group that offers educational and social services dealing with sexual and gender diversity to the UBC community, including but not limited to students, staff, and faculty. Pride UBC provides support and information to those who self identify gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, asexual, queer, questioning, intersex, those who do not identify and allies; assists people who are coming out; supplies a forum for dialogue about sexuality and gender identity; holds social events, and educates the wider UBC community about the variation in human sexuality and gender identity.

Gay Lesbian and Bisexual Affairs Committee of Capilano College
Social and political group brings gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people closer to each other for support, friendship, fun and action!
csupride at capcollege.bc.ca

Pride Kwantlen
KWANTLEN Polytechnic University, Pride Kwantlen’s purpose is to provide resources and events for queer students and cater to queer students needs and concerns. If you would like to know more about our organization, please contact the Queer Liaison at: http://kusa.ca/index.php?tag=contactform&contact=43

Technically Queer
TQ (Technically Queer) is (was) a BCIT SA sanctioned club geared towards providing a safe space for LGBT individuals and their allies. TQ’s number one goal is to ensure that the voice of all LGBT indivuals are not only heard, but acted upon when necessary. With the September school year starting, TQ will be at the forefront of certain events such as “Coming Out” day in October. Additionally, we will be hosting social events, which will always be announced on this website.

UFV Pride Network
Founded in October 1998 by a small number of faculty and staff members at the University College of the Fraser Valley, UFV PRIDE is now a student-run organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and genderqueer students, queer and straight-allies, as well as faculty and staff, at the University of Fraser Valley. 

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Sports and Recreation

The English Bay Swim Club
The English Bay Swim Club is Vancouver’s gay & lesbian Masters swim team. We are all-inclusive, welcoming gay and gay-friendly swimmers into the pool since 1982. English Bay also has a triathalon club and a water polo club.

The Vancouver Tennis Association
The Vancouver Tennis Association (VTA) is a non-profit tennis organization which fosters and promotes goodwill, fellowship, and healthy competition among tennis players in the gay and lesbian community.

Out for Kicks
Out for Kicks (OFK) is a Vancouver-based soccer club with more than 175 members. Their mandate is to facilitate a safe, fun and recreational environment for GLBT players and their gay-friendly team mates to enjoy the game of soccer.

The West-End Slo-Pitch Association
The West-End Slo-Pitch Association was started in 1978 when gay and lesbian sports minded, fun-loving people gathered on Sunday afternoons at Lord Roberts School playground. WESA organizes not only softball games but many social events for the membership and gay community.

Wet & Wild Vancouver Gay Bowling League
This is a mixed gay league promoting fun and fellowship.

Vancouver Gay Volley Ball Association
Providing educational instruction and volleyball play in a comfortable and fun gay positive environment to any person regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.

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The Mildred League Volleyball
Women’s volleyball league running from beginning of October to end of January. Games are played on Wednesday nights (7-10PM) in Burnaby. Register prior to August 31.
contact: mildredleague at gmail.com

Out On The Green
The Out On The Green gay and lesbian golf league is a collection of lesbian and gay golfers of all skill levels from Vancouver BC and the surrounding area.

Pacific Rim Curling League
The Pacific Rim Curling League is an all-inclusive league open to gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-gender and GLBT-friendly straight, curlers of all skill levels. The 2008-2009 season was the 25th year that the League has operated.

Outdoor Women
“We are a primarily lesbian organization based in Vancouver, BC but we welcome all women, 19 and older. We value diversity and we encourage interested women of all races, colours, physical abilities and economic means to join. Our members are involved in many activities including hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, cycling and skiing. We also have social nights approximately once a month at a local pub or restaurant.”

Out and about Vancouver
We are a group of about 150 gay men in the Greater Vancouver area who enjoy the great outdoors. Our outdoor activities include hiking, walking, cycling, kayaking, camping and more—whatever is of interest to our members. Most of our events are local, but sometimes we travel around a bit. We get together for social gatherings throughout the year—anything from a barbecue to a night at the opera. All of our events are organized by club members.

Ski Out or Ski Out facebook
The greater Vancouver GLBT skiing and snowboarding club.

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Team Vancouver
Team Vancouver promotes LGBT sports and culture in Vancouver and on the world stage.

The Cutting Edges Hockey Club
Vancouver’s Gay Hockey Club (Men’s) The Cutting Edges hockey club welcomes all members who share our spirit in playing fun, clean hockey with positive energy!

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Legal
Lesbian and Gay Immigration Task Force
Lesbian and Gay Immigration Task Force (LEGIT) We hope this site will provide helpful information on immigrating to Canada for same-sex couples.

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Churches
Trinity United Church
“Our life together as an affirming congregation is fully inclusive of the GLBT community, those of all ages and differing abilities, ethnic backgrounds and socio-economic status. We celebrate the beautiful variety of God’s creation expressed in humanity. Come join us whether you’re new or old to church, doubting or believing – there is room and welcome for all.”

Vancouver Unitarians
“We are a community of diverse beliefs and shared values.
In fellowship with one another, we seek spiritual growth, social justice, and environmental sustainability through worship, ethical action, education and artistic expression.
We welcome all who would join this compassionate and visionary community.”

Lighthouse of Hope
A Christian, evangelical, non-denominational, community-based church seeking to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ; which are simple, loving, and inclusive.

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Surrounding Areas
North Shore Women
Providing info, support and referral by phone and in-person. Resource centre, workshops, programs,drop-in and coming out groups for lesbians and bi-women.

Out In Chiliwhack
Out In Chilliwack continues to branch out into further community services offering much more than just the initial email support.

The Heart of Richmond AIDS Society
Founded in 1997 as a weekly support group for group of Richmond residents infected or affected by HIV, The Heart of Richmond AIDS Society has grown to provide a multitude of support services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Richmond area

The Surrey Pride Society
The Surrey Pride Society provides Socials, Youth Scholarships and Pride events to accommodate a growing community, while still supporting the Imperial Court of Surrey (E.P.A.M.A.) and the Surrey Youth Alliance (S.Y.A.). in 2011 they introduced a monthly social event called CHiLL.

Surrey Youth Alliance
A drop in center and support group GLBTQ youth ages 14 – 21 years old that meets every Wednesday from 6:00PM to 9:00 PM at the Newton Youth Resource Centre.

South Fraser Women’s Services
Since 1978, South Fraser Women’s Services, a registered charity, has provided free resources, support and counselling for women. For many women and their families our drop – in centre is the initial contact for women coping with violence and/or poverty issues. Surrey, BC

Royal City Pride Society
Royal City Pride Society are the organizers of New West Pride in New Westminster.

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