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  • News & Events


Peer Positivity Meet-Up - In Person!

Thursday, October 13th

7:00-8:00PM at our office space

Our next peer support meet-up will be in our shared space with United Way, located in Town Centre Mall. The mall is closed at this time, but our space can be accessed from an outside door beside Subway. Please note that we have changed our meeting day to Thursday.


If you need a ride, please contact us! We can offer a ride to and from the meet-up. Email info@transqathet.ca or call Laurance at 604-414-6187.


This is a confidential and non-judgemental social space for trans, non-binary, gender diverse, and gender-questioning individuals in the qathet Regional District. At our meet-ups everyone is given a turn to share about their lives if they want to - this is a place for celebration, encouragement, and support.


Board Games Night!

Thursday, October 27th, 5pm-8pm

Hosted by a Trans qathet peer! They will be bringing a selection of board games, and feel free to bring in your favourites as well!

Located at our office space in Town Centre Mall.

Snacks provided!


Our new Trans qathet office - Drop-in Hours

We now have an office space, shared with United Way and Youth Steering Committee, in the Town Centre Mall (between Subway and Shoppers).

Drop by and say hi to us starting November 2nd on Wednesdays 11am-1pm and Thursdays 3:30-5:30.


Trans Day of Remembrance Beach Fire

Sunday, November 20th, 4:30PM

Contact for location

Bring a beach chair or blanket! We will have a fire, weather permitting, down on the beach.



  • Other Resources:


Laurance, Zeke, and Jess are also available for one-on-one peer support. Call our number 604-414-6187, email info@transqathet.ca, or send us a message on Instagram or Facebook. We do not provide emergency or crisis care. The resources below are also available:


Trans Lifeline

(877) 330-6366

Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support phone service run by trans people for our trans peers. Call us even if you’re not in crisis or if you’re not sure you’re trans.

Full anonymity & confidentiality. No nonconsensual active rescue (calling 911, emergency services, or law enforcement)


Crisis intervention & suicide prevention

Toll-free: (1-800-784-2433)

Confidential, non-judgmental, free emotional support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including feelings which may lead to suicide.


Mental health support

Call 310-6789 (no need to dial area code) for emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health.


Trans Rights BC

www.transrightsbc.ca

Resources on the legal rights issues commonly faced by trans and gender-diverse people.


Trans Care BC

Toll-free: 1-866-999-1514

Outside of BC or unable to call a toll-free number: 604-675-3647

Email: transcareteam@phsa.ca

Helping Out Fund - apply by the 15th of each month

Our peer support team recognizes the barriers and marginalization trans and gender diverse people often face, and the profound impact it can have on one’s life, particularly for those who may be enduring poverty, lack of social support, illness, or other hardships. Everyone deserves to have their needs met, we are here to support our trans community members in need with our Helping Out Fund. You can fill out our Application Form to apply for funds, at www.transqathet.ca/helping-out. The deadline to apply is by the 15th of each month, and if filling out the form is challenging, we can assist you in receiving the funds you need in other ways. Email zeke@transqathet.ca with any issues or questions about the funds!

There is a donate button on our website, if you would like to contribute to the Helping Out Fund. (Note: as we are not a registered charity, your donation is not eligible for a tax receipt.)


  • News & Events


Peer Positivity Meet-Up - In Person!

Tuesday, September 13th

7:00-8:00pm at the PR Public Library

Our next peer support meet-up will be at the library in Meeting Room B - Jess will be hanging out at the library entrance before the meeting to point you in the right direction. If you need a ride, please contact us! We can offer a ride to and from the meet-up. Email info@transqathet.ca or call Laurance, 604-414-6187.


This is a confidential and non-judgemental social space for trans, non-binary, gender diverse, and gender-questioning individuals in the qathet Regional District. At our meet-ups everyone is given a turn to share about their lives if they want to - this is a place for celebration, encouragement, and support.

Helping Out Fund - apply by the 15th of each month

Our peer support team recognizes the barriers and marginalization trans and gender diverse people often face, and the profound impact it can have on one’s life, particularly for those who may be enduring poverty, lack of social support, illness, or other hardships. Everyone deserves to have their needs met, we are here to support our trans community members in need with our Helping Out Fund. You can fill out our Application Form to apply for funds, at www.transqathet.ca/helping-out. The deadline to apply is by the 15th of each month, and if filling out the form is challenging, we can assist you in receiving the funds you need in other ways. Email zeke@transqathet.ca with any issues or questions about the funds!

There is a donate button on our website, if you would like to contribute to the Helping Out Fund. (Note: as we are not a registered charity, your donation is not eligible for a tax receipt.)


Our new office space!

We now have an office space, shared with United Way in the Town Centre Mall (between Subway and Shoppers). We have been working on moving in and getting the space ready. We are looking forward to opening for drop-in hours in October, stay tuned!


  • Back to School: A Guide for Gender Creative & Trans Students and their Educators, Caregivers, and Allies


We know that going back to school can be a stressful time for gender creative and trans students and their allies. This guide highlights a few of the rights that trans youth have in public and independent schools in BC, and provides links to websites for students, educators, and caregivers that offer support and guidance.

Trans Rights in Education (from Trans Rights BC): Gender identity and gender expression were added to the BC Human Rights Code in 2016 as protected grounds. Gender creative and trans students in BC schools have the right to an educational environment free from discrimination and harassment. They also have the right to be addressed by the name and pronouns they use, the right to wear clothing that corresponds with their gender expression, the right to play on sports teams that correspond with their gender identity, and the right to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Visit Trans Rights BC/Education to learn more.


viaSport British Columbia has a resource on 2SLGBTQ inclusion in sport; they also have a document on Trans Athletes Inclusion Guidelines.


The Trevor Project has a guide on Being An Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth.


Useful Websites for Students

Foundry BC - Foundry offers young people age 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and support - online and in various communities across BC. Click on this link for a resource on going back to school.

Kids Help Phone - Call 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868 if you need someone to talk to. This space on their website is for 2SLGBTQ youth & allies.

The Trevor Project > Explore Topics > Gender Identity - this website has great info for trans and nonbinary youth.


For Educators

SOGI Education - SOGI 1 2 3 helps educators make schools inclusive and safe for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities (SOGI).

Egale has a guide on building inclusive schools; they host free live webinars for educators and school staff.

Gender Spectrum is another excellent resource for educators and education professionals.


For Caregivers & Allies

Trans Care BC / Child & Youth - this webpage has support for families and information for schools.

Gender Spectrum has a page for Parents and Family and a guide about working with your child’s school.

Egale Canada’s resource section has articles for parents, educators, classmates, and coworkers.



Thank you to our allies and community for continuing to support Trans qathet and reaching out to us.

Follow @transqathet on facebook and instagram for updates on all our events, programs, and resources.


News & Events


Trans qathet Community Workshop - Tuesday, August 9th, 12-2PM, Carlson Community Centre

In honour of Pride Week, Trans qathet is providing a free in-person workshop for locals on how to be an ally to trans and gender diverse folk. Topics include gender inclusive language, trans rights, and gender terminology. These workshops normally cost a fair bit, so don't miss out on this opportunity!

Snacks and coffee provided by 32 Lakes Cafe.

Registration required, please register at www.transqathet.ca


Tq Willingdon Beach Picnic - Tuesday, August 23rd, 4PM

Bring a blanket & some foodstuffs and hang out with us at the beach, for our last event of the summer! Drop by for a swim too if you’d like! Contact info@transqathet.ca with questions or if you require transportation.


Helping Out Fund - apply by the 15th of each month

Our peer support team recognizes the barriers and marginalization trans and gender diverse people often face, and the profound impact it can have on one’s life, particularly for those who may be enduring poverty, lack of social support, illness, or other hardships. Everyone deserves to have their needs met, we are here to support our trans community members in need with our Helping Out Fund. You can fill out our Application Form to apply for funds, at www.transqathet.ca/helping-out. The deadline to apply is by the 15th of each month, and if filling out the form is challenging, we can assist you in receiving the funds you need in other ways. Email zeke@transqathet.ca with any issues or questions about the funds!

We’ve also added a “donate” button to our website to contribute to the Helping Out Fund to aid those in our community - Note: as we are not a registered charity, your donation is not eligible for a tax receipt.



Pride events hosted by Youth and Family, Volunteer Powell River, and YouthCAT:

The clothing swap and fashion show(details below) is being organized by a Pride volunteer group, NOT trans qathet, so please contact racheld@prcat.ca with questions or to help out - volunteers needed!


Clothing Swap

Saturday August 6th, qathet ART Centre (Library building 2nd floor), 3pm

Join us for a clothing swap leading up to qathet PRIDE week! All Welcome! Please RSVP to come or to drop off any articles of clothing. This will be a chance for anyone participating in the fashion show or thinking about participating to feel out the space and practice your walk, and build confidence with peers and community. This event will be a space for participants to acquire clothes for their looks as well as interact with others and gain knowledge that may be useful for their walk and future gender expressions. Please email racheld@prcat.ca with any questions.

Registration link:

https://forms.gle/g2Vcfvp7zMMkkCYR9


Gender Bender Fashion Show!

Sunday August 15, qathet ART centre (Library building 2nd floor)

Opens at noon for participants

The Gender Bender Fashion Show closes off Pride Week in the qathet Region. The goal of this event is to allow queer fashionistas, designers, makeup artists, hair artists and visionaries the space to showcase their looks in front of family and friends. This runway is a space to express and dress up in any gender expression that feels authentic to you and actualizes any curiosity. Folx can dress up in any gender, and we encourage people to explore other gender presentations. By making it safe for everyone to play with their gender presentation, whether they identify with it or not, it takes pressure off of those who are doing it to learn about their own gender journey. This show is about making the people walking feel like a million bucks. While walking, music of their choice and a description of their look will be announced per their write up. Runway time will depend on the number of participants, but we expect late afternoon of Sunday August 14 at the Art Centre. Space will be available to get ready starting from noon. We will be taking necessary steps to make this event as psychologically and physically safe as possible to allow people to fully express themselves without threat including a strict photo policy and safety persons at each changing area. Email racheld@prcat.ca with any questions, comments or concerns.

Registration Link:

https://forms.gle/7D3xw8AEK3yx7p1y5




Ongoing Events


Reminder for our next Tq Peer Support Zoom Meet-Up

(Tuesday, August 2nd, 7-8:30PM)

Come and hang out with your local peer support group in a confidential and non-judgmental online space. You are welcome to drop by at any time and share ideas and stories. Join us however feels comfortable and safe for you - camera and audio off is welcome. This is a recurring event on the first Tuesday of every month.

We welcome trans, non-binary, gender diverse and gender-questioning individuals. If this space is not for you, feel free to forward this invite to others.

If you are attending, please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpc-uqqjMoEtEx10wAzLBMHlD3TXM01lp8



Resource List

The following organizations have informative websites with many articles, videos, resources, courses, and book recommendations. Trans Lifeline is a national peer support hotline run by trans people for their trans and questioning peers.


Trans Lifeline - translifeline.org, Canada: 1-877-330-6366


Transcare BC - http://www.phsa.ca/transcarebc/


Trans Rights BC - https://www.transrightsbc.ca/


Egale - egale.ca


It Gets Better Canada - https://itgetsbettercanada.org/


SOGI 123 - https://www.sogieducation.org/


Gender Spectrum - genderspectrum.org