April 2022 Newsletter

News & Events


  • Trans Month of Visibility Thank Yous

Our fundraising and awareness Month of Visibility was a very busy and exciting time! We would like to thank Cottage Creek Bake Shop for baking and selling cupcakes, River City Coffee for creating and selling the Ally Blend coffee beans, and Townsite Brewing Inc. for brewing Brave Noise Pale Ale and donating the proceeds to us. Brave Noise is a collaboration in the global craft beer industry, with the goal of creating a safe and discrimination free beer & hospitality industry. We gave a workshop at the brewery for their staff and other local restaurant managers on trans safety and inclusion in the hospitality industry. Brave Noise Pale Ale is now available in cans and on tap in the brewery’s tasting room, it is also available in cans at various liquor stores.

We also want to thank the Powell River Film Festival for inviting us to hold a panel discussion after the film Dawn, her Dad, and the Tractor in March. Thanks to everyone who attended and asked us thoughtful questions.

Thank you to all of the businesses who took one of our button & sticker kits and displayed them by their cash register, and thanks to everyone who put money in the donation jar and bought a pin or sticker! It means so much to us to see people wearing our pins around town. March was a huge success, and all of the funds raised will go towards our Helping Out Fund.


  • Helping Out Fund - New Application Form

We are pleased to announce the official launch of our pilot project, Trans qathet’s Helping Out Fund. 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 now 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 for anyone who wants 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.


  • Parenting Outside the Binary

Jess is starting a group for trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming parents. They are looking for feedback on the best day of the week to meet, and if the meetings should be in person or on zoom. Please click on this link: https://forms.gle/fWMfHZo5nPwpYJN58 to fill out the form; also, feel free to e-mail jess@transqathet.ca or call/text 604-578-8237 to ask Jess any questions about the support group!


  • Stroll at the SeaWalk

Sunday May 15th, 2-4PM. Meet at the big parking lot below seawalk access road (Coast Guard Station) at 2pm. All are welcome, see you there!



Ongoing Events


  • Reminder for our next Peer Support Zoom Meet-Up

(Tuesday, May 3rd, 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/tZYkd-6rrT8oHdSmb85uzz8nraKk6iqqlko2


  • Parents of Gender Creative or Trans Youth Support Circle

Annabelle is leading a support circle for parents/guardians of gender creative kids or trans youth. Please e-mail annabelle@transqathet.ca for more information; Annabelle is currently in the process of switching to in person meetings.



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