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 work through community development, education, prevention and advocacy. We do not provide services to individuals.
We live and work with gratitude on unceded Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw Territories.
Sexual diversity includes people with a sexual attraction to the same sex, both sexes, other sexes, people without a sexual attraction as well as people who are intersex. Common Canadian terms include: lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, Two-Spirit, asexual, intersex among others.
Gender diversity includes people whose gender identity or gender expression differs from what is culturally or typically associated with the gender or sex they were assigned at birth, and people whose identity does not conform to binary (male or female) roles. Common Canadian terms include: transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, queer, Two-Spirit, agender among others.
Terms for sexual and gender diversity vary across cultures and languages.
While there have been very significant improvements in Canada, discrimination and efforts to enforce invisibility of 2SLGBTQI+ people and communities is ongoing.
The result is that 2SLGBTQI+ people experience higher than average levels of abuse, neglect and self-neglect.
Everyone is worthy of recognition, love and respect!
What we do
A directory by community (Alberni Valley & West, Campbell River, Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo, Salt Spring Island, Other Gulf Islands, Victoria) of organizations, resources, websites and social media that intentionally include 2SLGBTQI+ people.
Our current project is to offer workshops and resources to help human service organizations create more inclusive and affirming services for sexual and gender diverse people.
Resources for what happens when you are incapable of making decisions for yourself. Being prepared allows your beliefs, values and wishes to be represented in health care, personal care, financial or legal decisions.
A list of the literature on the health and psychosocial aspects of aging as it affects the LGBTQ+ population. The bibliography covers the years 2000-2020 and contains 1,300 citations.