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Residents also receive mentoring and studio visits from critically acclaimed artists and curators. The residency offers studio space, travel support and free room and board to juried applicants calgaary the duration of the two-week residency. The most colourful illustration of how far Calgary has come is its calgafy Pride Parade.

He also said queer visitors should consider a visit to the Badlands Amphitheatre—a natural amphitheater where concerts are held. She took some time to talk to GayCalgary and Edmonton Magazine about this ambitious venture.

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I think about the pub across the street from my work and, if I were to walk in there with Nancy, I would be afraid of someone calling me a dyke. Are you a woman trying to find something to do with other similar women, but find the queer social scene a little too bar-oriented for your liking? Same-sex domestic violence According to the Domestic Violence Handbook for Police and Crown Prosecutors in Alberta, there is no difference in definition between same sex domestic violence, and opposite sex domestic violence.

When Miller helped organize the first Pride rally 25 years ago, it was no more than about a hundred people gathering in a park wearing Lone Ranger masks which she stresses were worn as a political statement and not because they were trying to go incognito. And driving away swaths of Calgarians LGBTQ, as well as their supporters means weakening the pool of people who make up the local workforce and make the city competitive for both economic investment and tourism dollars.

Stampede Time The city is well-known for its huge Calgary Stampede each July—sort of a combination rodeo and enormous country fair.

People are welcome to contact me through the meet up group - there is a link - if they would like their related event posted on our calendar. Photo by Paul Heney Calgarythe largest city in the Canadian Province of Alberta, flies under the radar for a lot of world-hopping queer travelers, but the city has some unique charms that are sure to tickle the imagination of LGBTQ visitors. Well, let me tell you, there is a group out there that may be your saving grace.

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We have seen a great deal of initiatives towards the movement to end youth homelessness. Janine hears you, and answers, "People should this group if they want to have fun. Or you may be asking, is this group really right for me? As more and more people left, the LGBTQ community contracted, shrinking the pool of like-minded friends and possible dates and prompting even more people to leave. The Texass Lounge is the oldest gay bar in Calgary, tucked behind the storefronts of 17th Avenue.

I found a slightly older crowd here, and the establishment is connected to a local bathhouse.

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Young men in pickup trucks with baseball bats hunting for queers. It may include a single act of violence, or a of acts forming a pattern of abuse through the use of assaultive and controlling behaviour.

Calgary has also seen a of institutional changes that ify major efforts to make the city a safer and more inclusive place for LGBTQ citizens. According to documents compiled by the Calgary Sexual Health CentreLGBTQ youth are three to 10 times more likely to attempt or complete suicide than straight kids and 75 per cent of LGBTQ students and 95 per cent of trans students report feeling unsafe at school by comparison, only 20 per cent of straight youth say they feel the same.

When Marissa Taylor and her mother, Carmen Gerrard, approached the Calgary Board of Education only about a decade ago to inform them that Taylor who was deated male at birth would be attending school as a girl, the response they received was much different than what most parents would expect today. If the city is to continue to grow into the cultural centre calgaru Calgarians want it to be, we need to be welcoming to all kinds of people and leave lesbizn redneck reputation behind for good.

That created a cultural backlash from the mainstream. Neither knew at the time of a group for woman, or any kind of support available aimed towards Lesbians. Sexual orientation or gender identity are not barriers to a police career.

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A GSA is a student-led club that brings LGBTQ and straight students together in a space where they can support each other coommunity safely talk about issues surrounding gender and sexual identity and how to fight homophobia in their schools. Attend a conference, corporate event, tradeshow or exhibition at the Telus Convention Centre. From that came the idea to just start something myself. Involved in both the feminist and gay rights movements, Miller says she was able to take on the activist role at the time because she found a job where she was able to be open about her identity.

The events are planned by multiple hosts, myself, as well as some of our regulars put events on the calendar - it is all volunteer run.

Coverage includes international and Canadian news, opinions, arts and culture coverage, and in-depth local community coverage of Vancouver and Toronto. Also, the gay community was smarting because it was losing so many of its important voices in Calgary, as well as across the county.

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Upcoming for the month of December we have a Death by Chocolate Buffet, Night at a Blues Bar, serving lunch at the Calgary Drop in Center, a community party, our Monthly movie night, pottery painting, a pizza dinner, and Zoo lights. Tourism Calgary noted that Pride Day commknity as a group of about 30 and has grown to well over 1, attendees, with expectations of gaining further popularity.

Taylor believes things have changed a lot in the decade since she started high school and that teachers are now better equipped commuity work with trans students. Brett Mason, co-director and a support worker at Calgary Outlink Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversityan organization that provides support to the LGBTQ community, says some members of the community face more difficulty than others. Outlink still works with a lot of clients who cite workplace discrimination, even though such discrimination is illegal.

August 4, August 12, Over the past two decades, this city has seen an exodus of the gay and lesbian population thanks to a redneck, homophobic reputation. We have a monthly book club starting up in January and a monthly games night hosted for comunity at Club Sapien. He points to initiatives like Camp fYrefly an LGBTQ youth camp that Taylor credits with lifting her out of a caalgary depression as important for LGBTQ youth, but says in-school education also needs to be aimed at straight kids, which is why community activists were so adamant that the Alberta government allow GSAs in all schools.

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This view if from the hotel's 29th floor. It can be scary coming out to something calgwry the first time, especially if your Queer identity is just developing! Janine is quick to answer. We have a variety of events offered each month. Let me introduce you to Janine Cote, creator and organizer for the Lesbian Meet-Up Group, currently rounding off its first year of operation. Since Outlink does a lebian of advocacy work, Mason tends to see a lot of the issues that may be invisible to the general community.

From the stunning vistas of the Canadian Rockies only a communuty trip away to the bustling vibrancy of the province's biggest city, Calgary is a place that pulses with energy and life for all travelers.

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Everyone is welcome—except no jerks. This club features fun regular events that include a Tea Dance, amateur strip night, drag shows and karaoke.

It was a very scary time. So it was really different. Contact the Domestic Conflict Unit at Are you a victims of same sex domestic abuse?