Qmunity

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Qmunity
A logo on a white background, with the name "QMUNITY" in large, pink letters at the top left and the phrase "BC'S QUEER RESOURCE CENTRE" in smaller, light-gray letters at the bottom, both in all caps.
Qmunity logo
Type community centre
Purpose LGBT community
Location
Region served
British Columbia[1]
Executive Director
CJ Rowe
Website Qmunity.ca

Qmunity (officially QMUNITY, BC's Queer Resource Centre Society), formerly known as The Centre,[2] is an LGBTQ community centre located on Bute Street in the Davie Village neighbourhood of the West End[3][4] of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[5][6] As of 2012, it is led by executive director Dara Parker.[7]

Activities and programs[edit]

Qmunity houses or operates a number of programs and initiatives, including the Vancouver Pride House; Gab Youth Services, a program targeted toward LGBT youth;[8] and the Transgender Health Program, a program operated in cooperation with the Vancouver Coastal Health regional health authority and which moved to Qmunity after Vancouver General Hospital's Gender Clinic closed in 2002.[9]

Pride House Vancouver[edit]

The Vancouver location of Pride House was housed within Qmunity.[6] During the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Vancouver and Whistler Pride Houses served as venues for LGBT sportspeople, coaches, visitors and their friends, families and supporters, and became the first Pride Houses at an Olympics.[5][6] Although both Pride Houses offered information and support services to LGBT athletes and attendees, the Whistler location in Pan Pacific Village Centre had a "celebratory theme", while the Vancouver venue emphasised education about Vancouver's LGBT community and, for non-Canadian athletes, information about immigration to and asylum in Canada, including "legal resources" from Egale Canada and the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (IGLA).[5][10]

Notable visitors to Pride House Vancouver include openly gay Canadian Olympic swimmers Mark Tewksbury and Marion Lay,[11] as well as Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson and American political satirist Stephen Colbert.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Howell, Mike (23 June 2010). "Gay leader says city safe despite hate crimes report". Vancouver Courier. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Barsotti, Natasha (22 October 2009). "Vancouver Pride House planned for 2010 Games". Xtra!. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Lindell, Rebecca (14 June 2010). "Vicious attack puts gay Vancouver couple in hospital". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Perelle, Robin (24 September 2009). "QBall's lessons". Xtra!. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c Mitsui, Evan (14 February 2010). "Pride House: Safe haven at the Games". CBC.ca. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c Hainsworth, Jeremy (17 February 2010). "Museum launches Champion Human Rights campaign". Xtra!. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Robust belief in inclusion brings globe trotter to West End QMUNITY
  8. ^ Lupick, Travis (30 July 2009). "Vancouver Pride: Queer folks attracting more straight allies". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  9. ^ Hainsworth, Jeremy (24 September 2009). "Best of Vancouver communities: Transitioning to a bright future". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Pride House to host gay athletes". Vancouver Courier. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  11. ^ Williams, Ken (16 February 2010). "Gay Olympians are finding a safe haven at PRIDE House". San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Dave (20 February 2010). "Vancouver's Pride House offers safe haven for gay, lesbian Olympic athletes". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 

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