Hot News!

… from LGBTQ2 partners and friends in the community.

Not all news is gay news—Hot News includes news and announcements on health, social and recreational events, public education, and social action that may be of interest to our members. Not all items are specifically lesbian-related, but hopefully all will be generally of interest to our members and friends.


Co-op Café Movie Night

Victoria Health Co-op invites you to get to know more local co-ops.
CityStudio Victoria, 711 Douglas St (near Crystal Gardens):
January 16th – features Coast Capital (with popcorn for Co-op Movie night!)

Gabriola Women’s Dance –

It’s time to march again! January 19, 2019
Every day we wake up to more reasons why we march: sex ed curriculums, gender identity, abortion rights, pay equity, a living wage, representation that matters, consent matters, missing and murder indigenous women and girls, domestic violence, ending violence against women, #metoo, femicide. The list, unfortunately, goes on.
This year we will gather at the BC Legislature Building on January 19 at 11am have an Indigenous acknowledgement ceremony at 11:20am and then meet the organizing team of Women’s March Victoria. Together we will march to Centennial Square at 11:45am, where we will meet grassroots organizers from our communities.
For more information on the Victoria Women’s March go to: 

 “Always With Me” Book Launch, January 24
In this book, Always With Me, parents from across Canada talk about a life experience many people find hard to imagine: losing a child. Each story is borne of love and grief and change, intended to offer knowledge and support for others. One by one, these stories change us for the better. They leave readers with a deep sense of compassion and gratitude for those who have so generously shared their journey. 
Always With Me Book Launch will be held at Bastion Books, 14 Bastion Square, Victoria, BC. at 7 pm. January 24.  Always With Me was published in Canada by Demeter Press 
Judy Lynne will be reading from her chapter entitled Memory Box and would love to see you there.

The just-released Monitoring Report and other important seniors publications can be found on the Office of the Seniors Advocate website:

Call for Participants in Research on Chronic Pain in the LGBTQ2S Community
  An invitation for participants for EQUIP for Pain, a research project with the non-profit organization Pain BC ( about how to make pain services more accessible for marginalized folks living with chronic pain.
For more information Read the Invitation PDF

New Nurse Practitioner Waiting List

“The Victoria Health Co-operative has really good news to share – we have received funding for the salary of a Nurse Practitioner. We hope to have our NP start work in January at the Cook Street Activity Centre and First Met United Church. A Nurse Practitioner can provide all the services of a Family Physician (apart from not delegating the care of a patient to a paramedic) and can have a roster of over 500 patients.  Would you, or anyone you know, like to be on our NP list? Email or call 250-415-9272.”

QMUNITY is BC’s queer, trans and two spirit Resource Centre.  They are hosting a LGBTQ2S+ Seniors Social Event on February 1, 2019 6-8 PM.
For more information check out the invitation: Belonging Victoria Social information


Social innovation toolkit: A Focus on LGBTQ seniors in Canada

This supplement is a resource to help organizations and service providers adopt approaches to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQFootnote 6) seniors strengthen human connections. Social isolation is a silent reality experienced by many seniors, particularly LGBTQ seniors. It is hoped that this resource will heighten awareness and sensitivity and help organizations address LGBTQ seniors’ particular social needs.

For more information go to


Learn to Code! Apply for the Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship!


Learning how to code is more than education — It’s economic opportunity. Our community, like many underrepresented groups, are turning to coding schools because they are more accessible than four-year, computer science degrees.
Apply for a scholarship (they are open to Canadians)…check it out here

Women’s March Victoria – Women in Business Guide 2019
Women's March Canada - Victoria Chapter

Women’s March Canada supports the dismantling of social and economic barriers that obstruct women’s full and equal access to local, national, and global economic and political systems. We want to celebrate women entrepreneurs, politicians, activists, artists and educators in our communities!

Our next issue of Women in Business is coming out in January 2019. To get your copy of the Summer 2018 guide, make a donation to Women’s March Victoria Chapter. Get the 2018 Guide.

6th Annual Lesbians Who Tech + Allies San Francisco Summit
Feb 28 – Mar 2, 2019

“It’s like TED, but with cooler people.”
6th Annual Lesbians Who Tech & Allies San Francisco Summit. We’re taking over the Castro Neighborhood and bringing you amazing talks and opportunities for networking. Grab your spot at Summit today! Register here:

Queer, badass, technical leaders, companies that are hiring and looking to build inclusive teams (YOU!), and inspiring talks on the latest in technology—this #LWTSUMMIT has it all. PLUS, you know we know how to have a fun time!

James Bay United Church
a lesbian-affirming church and host to Coffee Talk

Why does it matter to James Bay United Church that we become a place where faith and justice find each other? We believe, as Christians, that humankind is created in the image of God, and refusing to celebrate LGBT*Q persons as part of creation means our image is imperfect and distorted. We understand the need for LGBT*Q persons to be fully included in every area within the life of the church so we become a Body that truly reflects all God is and all we were created to be.


LIVING OUT VISIBLY & ENGAGED – Community Response Network

Coordinating a community response to abuse, neglect and self-neglect of adults with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. We respond at the community level through community development, education, prevention and advocacy. We do not provide services to individuals.

On My Planet
On My Planet
Home to The Queer Story Archive – an ever expanding collection of personal experience stories from everyone under the rainbow and the people who love us.

Purple Roofs Gay Travel Directory logo
Purple Roofs
Find Gay & Lesbian Friendly Bed & Breakfasts, Inns, Hotels, Travel Agents & Tour Operators at Purple Roofs.

QMUNITY Older Adults & Seniors Program
In the Greater Vancouver area, QMUNITY’s Older Adults and Seniors programs offers opportunities for community connection, social support, and personal development for folks fifty-five and older.

Gayellow Pages Canada – FREE Online Guide

Vital information on the road or at home, since 1973
FREE Canada online edition –
Get a FREE Listing for your LGBTQ2… business or organization –

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