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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.

Our actions include:

  • Trans Swim at Templeton Pool
  • Trans self-defence classes
  • Trans awareness campaign in all Park Board facilities
  • Universal and gender neutral washroom signage in our facilities

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 that will 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  (2.55 MB).

Email us: TGD2S@vancouver.ca

Thank you for your feedback

Thank you to everyone who participated in our TGD2S survey. Your feedback is valuable and we are excited to put it into action!

Stay tuned for information on up and coming TGD2S programs.

Current Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two Spirit (TGD2S) programs

By City of Vancouver

 

  • TGD2S Family Comic Jam and BBQ at Memorial South Park

    By City of Vancouver

    Join us for an afternoon of free art activities facilitated by Cloudscape Comics. Family means something different to everyone and welcome all families who have a need or desire to connect with other trans, gender diverse and Two-Spirit folks. Children, youth, and adults can socialize and roam freely around the multiple art stations. Free BBQ and snacks provided; vegan options will be available. Drop-In anytime between **12pm-3pm on July 14th @ 5955 Ross Street. **

  • TGD2S Weight Room at Britannia Fitness Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Workout in a safe, supportive environment. Full fitness centre is reserved for trans, gender diverse, and Two-Spirit people, their friends, and family. Centre will be staffed with a TGD2S trained fitness attendant at all times and a TGD2S point person to answer all your fitness and program inquiries. Universal change room on site. Every Sunday from 8am – 10am 8am – 10am

  • 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)

  • TGD2S swim at Templeton Pool

    By City of Vancouver

    Come swim in a relaxed and safe environment. The main pool, children’s pool, sauna, hot tub, and fitness room are reserved for TGD2S people, their friends, and family. Change rooms are universal during the swim and blinds are drawn for full privacy. Every Sunday from 11:30am – 1:30pm (summer hours shorter).

  • 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.

  • 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

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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