LGBTQ community

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Vancouver is home to the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community in Western Canada.

The LGBTQ community is a significant presence throughout Vancouver, centred along Davie Street in the West End and Commercial Drive in Grandview.

Every year, the Mayor proclaims a week in August as Gay Pride Week as a show of support for this diverse and vibrant community.

City Council has also created an LGBTQ advisory committee to consult on relevant issues.

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Transgender, gender-variant, and two-spirit inclusion

We aim to create a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all, including removing barriers for trans, gender-variant and two-spirit individuals. In June 2016, Council committed to ongoing efforts to ensure trans, gender-variant and two-spirit inclusion.

The plan includes a number of recommendations to be achieved by the end of 2017. A staff team is working to implement these recommendations that make necessary changes and accommodations to lead trans, gender-variant, and two-spirit inclusion.

New Washroom Signage

Currently, many facilities and spaces are gender segregated, such as washrooms and related spaces. Many trans, gender-variant, and two-spirit individuals face incredibly damaging forms of discrimination and barriers to access basic forms of human needs.

In March 2017, washroom signage was changed to state, "Trans People Welcome." The new signage was installed in City Hall, and over time, will be applied in other City-owned buildings. There are varying signage designs for the different facility types: men's or women's multi-stall washrooms, and universal single-use washrooms. Change room signage has been updated as well. Each person self-determines which facility is most appropriate for them based on their gender identity.

Get involved

LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee

Supports Vancouver’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities by working with City Council, City staff, other agencies, the public, and the communities themselves on key issues.

Trans, Gender Diverse and Two-Spirit Inclusion Advisory Committee

The TGD2S Advisory Committee works to create safe, inclusive, and welcoming spaces for trans, gender diverse and Two-Spirit individuals. It does this by giving important advice and helping implement recommendations from the 2014 report "Building a Path to Parks and Recreation for All".