July 2022 Newsletter

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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


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