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Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two-Spirit community

The Vancouver Park Board’s mission is to create welcoming parks and recreation services for all. We are committed to creating safe environments for the Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two-Spirit (TGD2S) community.

In 2014, the Park Board formed a Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two-Spirit Inclusion (TGD2S) Advisory Committee. The group worked with the community and Vancouver Park Board staff to identify barriers and take action to increase access to park and recreation services.

Learn about our work to date

We are the Park Board's TGD2S team

park board's josie and dakota

Left to right: Josie Pearce and Dakota Shelby.

In July 2017, as a result of a Park Board motion  (193 KB) to hire dedicated TGD2S staff, we joined the Park Board as Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two-Spirit Inclusion facilitators. 

We’re carrying on the work of the TGD2S Advisory Committee to identify barriers and develop programming to make our services feel more accessible and welcoming.

Our work supports implementation of recommendations in the Park Board’s report Building a Path to Parks and Recreation for All  (3 MB).

TGD2S@vancouver.ca

What's happening

Open Book: Trans, gender-variant, and Two-Spirit reading circle

December 6
7pm to 8:30pm
Central Library, 350 W Georgia, lower level

Get event details 

Holiday Gathering and Salve Making Workshop: Open to all Two-Spirit, trans, and queer youth ages 13 to 30. Allies Welcome.

December 12
4pm to 6:30pm
Urban Native Youth Association, 1618 E Hastings St

View the event poster  (964 KB)

Current programs

Past programs and initiatives

By City of Vancouver

Check out the progress we've made in the last few years. Our work is primarily guided by feedback and consultation with community members and groups to develop programs, initiatives, and system changes that work for the user. We hope you feel encouraged and motivated to share your feedback. Your perspective and opinion is always valued and appreciated!

  • Teen Pride Pool Party August 2018

    By City of Vancouver

    The pool party brought together LGBTQ2+ teens for a fun night at Templeton Park Pool. With an awareness that pride started as a protest, the teens made patches celebrating the political history. It was a celebration of identity and community for the teens who are generally barred from pride events due to age. The event was a great success and received positive feedback.

  • Two-spirit Pre-pride Social July 2018

    By City of Vancouver

    With the guidance of the Vancouver LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee, the TGD2S team organized the first Two-Spirit community feast and gathering. The Two-Spirit Pre-Pride Social was a celebration of community and culture to kick off the 2018 pride season. In the spirit of reconciliation, this event aimed to foster engagement and meaningful dialogue between the Two-Spirit community, the City of Vancouver, and the Vancouver Park Board.

  • TGD2S Family Comic Jam and BBQ at Memorial South Park

    By City of Vancouver

    We realized that TGD2S families need more opportunities to connect with each other and resources so we joined forces with Cloudscape Comics to address this. Children, youth, and adults socialized and roamed freely around the multiple art stations and enjoyed the BBQ and snacks provided.

  • TGD2S awareness workshops for Park Board staff

    By City of Vancouver

    We provided 24 awareness sessions for recreation staff at Barclay Manor, Britannia, Coal Harbour, Douglas Park, Hastings, Hillcrest, Killarney, Kitsilano, Marpole-Oakridge, Ray-Cam, Renfrew, Templeton Park Pool, Trout Lake, West End, and West Point Grey. Training was provided to staff groups including aquatics, rinks, community youth workers, fitness, and community centre programmers. More sessions are planned for 2018.

  • TGD2S self-defense pilot program at Templeton Park Pool

    By City of Vancouver

    Participants practiced introductory self-defense movements and putting up verbal boundaries. If you’re interested in seeing this kind of program run again, email us at TGD2S@Vancouver.ca

  • Public awareness campaign

    By City of Vancouver

    In 2015, the Park Board rolled out a successful Park Board-wide communications campaign which raised visibility and acceptance of Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two-Spirit people at all our facilities. View all the campaign posters PDF (590 KB)

  • Universal signage for single-stall washrooms and change rooms

    By City of Vancouver

    Following consultation with the Park Board’s TGD2S Advisory Committee and the City of Vancouver LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee, a citywide standard was developed in 2017. The new signage will be installed at all community centres with single occupancy washrooms by the end of 2018.

Resources

Trans Care BC Services/THiP

Provincial Health Service Authority and Transgender Health Information Program. Trans Care BC aims to enhance the coordination of trans health services and supports across the province, bringing gender-affirming care closer to home wherever possible.

Qmunity

BC’s Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit Resource Centre. QMUNITY is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives.

Three Bridges Community Health Clinic

Safe space to access general health care or trans related health services 

BC Children’s Hospital - Gender Clinic

The Gender Clinic provides treatment with puberty blockers and/or gender-affirming hormones for transgender and gender-questioning youth up to the age of 18.

Broadway Youth Resource Centre

The BYRC is a one-stop youth centre that provides a wide range of social, health, education, employment, and life skills services to youth. It is a multi- service and multi-agency hub with a range of services for youth all under one roof.

UNYA – Urban Native Youth Association

Helping Vancouver's Indigenous youth explore their personal goals and develop their leadership skills in a fun, safe and healthy environment.  

Saige Community Food Bank​

Saige provides a no barrier safe space for transgender and gender non-conforming or queer individuals to access healthy food, as well as support from their LGBTQ2+ peers and allies.

Catherine White Holman White Wellness Centre

Provides low barrier wellness services to trans and gender diverse individuals.

International Trans Day of Visibility campaign guide  (1.87 MB)

Our team put together a public guide for community centres or outside groups to take part in International Transgender Day of Visibility. The event takes place annually on March 31.

The guide is also a great resource for incorporating TGD2S inclusion into your personal and work life year round!

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