UVic Pride Resource List – Updated July 2012, UNDER CONSTRUCTION

If you have any recommendations for organizations that should be included on this list, please contact us at pride@uvic.ca!

UVic
Vancouver Island-based organizations
Health
Online Resources
Legal Organizations
Nightclubs, etc.
Organizations near Vancouver Island
Crisis Support

UVic

UVSS Advocacy Groups:

Native Student’s Union (NSU) – “a student-run collective dedicated to supporting the Indigenous student community at the University of Victoria”
Women’s Centre – the mission of the Women’s Centre is “to be a strong, radical, feminist voice on campus”
Students of Colour Collective (SOCC) – “a group of self identified students of colour operating as an advocacy group out of the University of Victoria”
Society for Students with a Disability represents “the interest of a wide range of students on the University campus who self-identify as having one or more disabilities”

Other on-campus groups and services:

Anti-Violence Project (AVP) – “The Anti.Violence.Project (AVP) is committed to addressing and ending gender-based violence on campus and beyond. We strive to provide anti-oppressive and sex-positive services, advocacy and action on-campus and off to people of all genders, in partnership and collaboration, in order to address and resist gender-based and all forms of violence.” Located in SUB B027.

VIPIRG – “a non-profit organization dedicated to research, education, advocacy, and other action in the public interest”. Located in SUB B122.

University of Victoria Students’ Society The UVSS “is a student society that represents all undergraduate students at the University of Victoria. We provide services, events and advocacy to students. We also administer and provide resources to clubs and course unions. We are a non-profit organization run by students for students.  Its annually elected student board of directors is responsible for a $10 million a year operation that is housed in the Student Union Building.” The Students’ Society Centre is located in SUB B103 (past the stairs to the right of the Cinecenta entrance of the SUB).


Equity & Human Rights Office (EQHR) –
“The Equity and Human Rights office champions UVic’s commitment to practices of equity, fairness and inclusion. In partnership, we foster communities where strength is found in diversity and respect for difference provides dynamism and vibrancy to university life.” EQHR can be reached at (250) 721-7007 and is located in the Sedgewick Building C wing – C115.


Positive Space Network – “The Positive Space Network is a visible network of students, faculty, staff and alumni who are working to make the University of Victoria a safer and more inclusive space for people of all genders and sexualities.”

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Vancouver Island-based Organizations

South Island Pride Community Centre “The South Island Pride Centre is a community resource providing support, health and social services, and public education for the well-being of people of all genders, gender identities, and sexualities, and their allies in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia.” Contact at info@southislandpridecentre.ca.

Whole Hearted Acceptance Today – “a youth inclusion group offered to LGBTQ youth and their friends (ages 14 – 18)”. Meets on Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Burnside Gorge Community Centre (471 Cecelia Rd) and Thursday, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Fairfield Community Place (1330 Fairfield Road at Moss St.). Contact at sipccyouth@gmail.com.

Out of the Closet – non-profit thrift store located at 1736 Douglas Street.

PFLAG Canada – Greater Victoria Chapter –  victoriabc@pflagcanada.ca. Meets 3rd Sunday of every month except July and August, at 2 PM at The Lounge at St. John the Divine Anglican Church, 1611 Quadra Street.

Camosun College Pride Centre – has a facebook group.

Lesbians of Vancouver Island “an interactive webportal for the community who identify as lesbians on Vancouver Island”.

Prime Timers Victoria social and recreational group for gay/bi men age 40+

Vancouver Island People With AIDS Society – support for children and families living with HIV/AIDS on Vancouver Island and surrounding areas

Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Support Centre –practical, emotional, and social support to people living with HIV and their caregivers

Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society – “to support lesbian health and social needs as we age by providing safe, accessible, welcoming spaces to build community through public education and social action”

Victoria Pride Society – primary event-coordination group for Victoria Pride

Sagacity Victoria GLBTQ-friendly pansexual BDSM society – many events are 19+

Creating Connections – a monthly event planned in order to bring together a great range of people in the sexual and gender diverse community. For more info, email: creatingconnectionsvictoria@gmail.com

Poly 101 – hosts a monthly discussion group in Victoria about polyamory. Facebook, contact at victoriapoly101@gmail.com.

PEERS Victoria –  “a non-profit society established by former sex workers and community supporters and is dedicated to the empowerment, education and support of sex workers, by working to improve their safety and working conditions, assisting those who desire to leave the sex industry, increasing public understanding and awareness of these issues, and promoting the experiential voice”.

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Health

Victoria Youth Clinic
James Bay Clinic: 547 Michigan Street, Victoria V8V 1S5 ?Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 3:00 to 8:00 pm? Tel: 250-388-7841, Fax: 250-220-4399 Email: office@victoriayouthclinic.ca
Downtown Clinic (for street-involved youth ): 533 Yates Street, Victoria V8W 1K7 Hours: Monday and Wednesday 3:00 to 7:00 pm, Tel: 250-383-3552, Fax: 250-383-3502, email: office@victoriayouthclinic.ca

AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI) – “AVI offers harm reduction services in Victoria, Courtenay, Campbell River and Port Hardy. Since 1986, AIDS Vancouver Island has been working to improve the lives of people living with HIV or AIDS and to prevent more individuals from becoming infected with the virus.” Toll free infoline: 1-800-665-2437, email: info@avi.org

AVI Men’s Wellness Program – “promotes men’s wellness with the primary focus to reduce HIV and STIs on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands amongst men who get it on with men.”

AVI Positive Wellness Program – “offers programming for people who are HIV+ and/or hepatitis C+”

Vancouver Island PWA Society – “The mission of the Vancouver Island Persons Living With HIV/ AIDS Society is to offer compassionate peer support and information to all persons living with HIV/AIDS.”
Victoria AIDS Resource and Community Service Society – practical, emotional and social support to people living with HIV and their caregivers

VIHA – STI and HIV Clinic – Free testing, treatment, and counseling.
Confidential, friendly, and non-judgmental.
No medical card required, appointment preferred.
Monday: 10-2, Tuesday: 1-4, Thursday: 1-4
Hepatitis Vaccine Drop-in Clinic: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 1-1:30
1947 Cook St., Victoria, BC (250) 388-2220

Youth Detox (250)383-3514 (free)

UVic Health Services – (250) 721-8492

UVic Counselling Services (250) 721-8341

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Online Resources

AVEN (Asexuality Visibility and Education Network) web forum for discussion of asexuality. Also has a list of links.

Youthspace.calist of youth-specific resources/links

Trans Alliance Society (TAS) BC-wide trans* resources site

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Legal Organizations

EGALE Canada (Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere)– “Canada’s LGBT human rights organization: advancing equality, diversity, education, and justice.”

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Nightclubs, etc.

Paparazzi – nightclub, 19+, 642 Johnson Street, entrance on Broad Street (*history of being shitty and transphobic)

The Ledge – lounge, all-ages section, full menu. Located on the second floor mezzanine of the Bedford Regency Hotel, 1140 Government St.

The Castle Video Bar and Nightclub – 1900 Douglas St.  19+

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Organizations near Vancouver Island

Gays and Lesbians of Saltspring Island “a non-profit society for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning people with Allies on Salt Spring Island.”

Transgender Health Program Vancouver-based, 1-866-999-1514 (toll-free in BC)

Pride Education Network (formerly Gay and Lesbian Educators of BC) – “a group of educators and advocates, regardless of sexual orientation/expression, who value the importance of a safe, respectful and inclusive learning environment for all.”

Trans Alliance Society (TAS) BC-wide trans* resources site

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Crisis Support

Men’s Trauma Centre – “a non-profit society based in Victoria, B.C. Canada. The Men’s Trauma Centre exists to provide treatment and support services to adult and late adolescent males who are survivors of physical, emotional or sexual trauma as well as support for our clients’ significant others.” Located at #102 – 1022 Pandora Ave.


Women’s Sexual Assault Centre – “Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre has highly qualified trauma specialists who provide services to individuals impacted by sexual assault and abuse. Our prevention activities are designed to raise awareness, change attitudes and develop skills for healthy living. We primarily serve the Capital Regional District of British Columbia.” All-gender crisis line: 250-383-3232

Vancouver Island Crisis Lines:

1-888-494-3888 – “The Vancouver Island Crisis Line offers 24-hour crisis line service to Vancouver Island, the islands of the Georgia Strait, and the mainland communities between Powell River and Rivers Inlet, as defined by Vancouver Island Health Authority. It operates 365 days a year.”

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) – “The Vancouver Island Crisis Society and five other members of the Crisis Line Association of BC answer a 24/7/365 provincial crisis line to support callers experiencing suicidal thoughts. Workers provide skilled suicide assessment, de-escalation, intervention, referrals, and short-term support.”

310-6789 – “The Crisis Society also answers the provincial 310 Mental Health Support line 24/7/365 to provide empowering emotional support, information on appropriate referral options and a wide range of support relating to mental health concerns.”

UVic Anti-Violence Project (AVP) – Offers free, confidential, non-judgmental support, resources, and referrals for people of all genders. Contact AVP at (250) 472-4388 or email at avp@uvic.ca.

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