Trans Alliance Society (TAS) is a British Columbia Wide Organization

Please Note: The current 2007 executive is working to update the membership and allies list - as they renew or not, the organizations will change to reflect the changes as they happen. We thank you for your patience in understanding that we are working to reignite our partnerships within the community and are hoping to cast a wider net.


Logo: VanTag

The Vancouver Trans Advocacy Group (VanTAG) is a community of activists advocating the fair recognition of medical needs and human rights of transgendered people in BC. VanTAG's members include transgendered individuals; family members and friends of trans people; and loved ones affected by inequities present in our social systems. Our aim is to facilitate a peaceful and productive conversation between the community and care providers. They beacme members of Tas in 2008.


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The Qmunity Centre formerly known as the LGBT Centre provides support, health and social services, and public education for the well being of lesbians, gay men, transgender and bisexual people and their allies in Vancouver and throughout BC. The Centre is committed to building pride and acceptance of diversity and to mitigating the impact of homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia and biphobia.

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Logo: ANKORS

411 Seniors Centre is a multicultural, proactive resource centre in downtown Vancouver where the community of members, volunteers and staff address seniors' issues and concerns and social and recreational, nutritional, informational and counseling needs of members and clients. The 411 offers a variety of programs, services and special projects for seniors, including the LGTB Generations Project (in partnership with The Centre and Family Services of Greater Vancouver).

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Logo: ANKORS

ANKORS is the HIV/Hep C network society in the Kootenay/Boundary area. We house Kootenay Gay Pride, and the trans-networker for the region. Part of our work in the community is giving educational talks regarding trans issues and supplying the community with trans education material.

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The BC Association of Specialized Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs (BCSVACP) coordinates initiatives for and supports Specialized Victim Assistance, Sexual Assault, Woman Assault, and Stopping the Violence Counselling programs across BC, providing a voice for community based service providers and for those who have been victimized by violence. The BCASVACP is dedicated to promoting the well-being of victim and women serving organizations by providing direct support to programs, developing resources and tools, conducting research and analysis of relevant issues, and providing education and training.

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Logo: BC Coalition of Women's Centres

The BC Coalition of Women's Centres came together as an ad hoc coalition of women's centres to discuss, strategize and take action on issues which affect our centres and the women who access them. The mission of the BCCWC is to seek an end to the violence, poverty and other human rights abuses experienced by women in British Columbia, by supporting and promoting both independent and coordinated social change action among women's centres and other equity-seeking organizations.

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BC FTM Network

 

The BC FTM Network provides outreach to the female-to-male (FTM) transgender and transsexual community in BC and information and peer support contact information for FTMs and their families, friends, partners, and allies. Library includes video resources, books, and newsletters. Participates in community and political activities, and provides education for service providers and the general public. Members of the BC FTM Network facilitate FTM Etc, a peer-run support/discussion group that meets monthly in Vancouver; in other locations, one-on-one support is available..

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The BC Human Rights Defenders is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the advancement of human rights provincially, nationally and internationally. The Defenders' purposes are to monitor human rights and equality issues; conduct research into the development, protection and advancement of human rights and equality; evaluate the effectiveness or harm of initiatives which have direct or indirect implications for human rights and equality; educate about human rights and equality; and advocate for the protection and advancement of human rights.

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Logo: The Centre

The Centre for Leadership and Community Learning is a learning-centred division within the Justice Institute recognized for our leadership and expertise in consulting, developing and delivering skills based training and continuing professional education. Our programs and services are designed to increase community capacity, facilitate inclusion, enhance leadership performance, promote organizational and agency effectiveness and ensure safety and well being for children, youth, and families. Trans-specific resources include an information package for criminal justice personnel and a curriculum for anti-violence agencies, produced in collaboration with the Women/Trans Dialogue Planning Committee.

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Logo: Cornbury Society

The Cornbury Society is a support and social group for anyone who dresses opposite to their birth gender. This includes crossdressers, those who cross-live part-time, those who choose to take hormones (or other body modification), and people in transition.

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End Legislated Poverty is a coalition of 36 organizations in BC -- including anti-poverty groups, welfare advocates, unions, women's groups and churches -- working together to ensure that governments reduce and end poverty. ELP's objectives are to organize low-income people, educate on the need to end poverty and create decent jobs, encourage unity and cooperation between unpaid and paid working people, develop joint campaigns with organizations representing unpaid and paid working people, and involve people from further marginalized groups.

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Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Vancouver offers support and information for parents and family members of gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual loved ones. We meet at 7:30 PM on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at South Burnaby Neighbourhood House, 6768 Jubilee Avenue (near Metrotown and the Bonsor complex). Please phone or check our website for changes before attending a meeting. Everyone is welcome at our meetings, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic background, or family status. Our meetings provide a safe and comfortable place for parents, relatives, friends, allies, GLBTQ youth and adults to support each other and exchange information. PFLAG Vancouver is part of the Outreach Coalition, a coalition of queer youth groups and organizations concerned with queer youth. We are also a member of the Vancouver School Board's new LGBTQ Advisory Committee.

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Logo: Pride UBC

Pride UBC is a resource group that offers support, educational and social services dealing with sexuality to the UBC community, including (but not limited to) students, staff, and faculty who self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered. Pride UBC assists people who are coming out, supplies a forum for dialogue about sexuality, holds social events, and educates the wider UBC community about the variation in human sexuality.

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Logo: Queer FM

Queer FM is a source for in-depth news and discussion of the legal, political, and social issues facing LGBT communities. Queer FM covers trans events, issues, and political developments, and also talks with trans writers and performers like Kate Bornstein and Ricki Wilchins. Trans community members can use Queer FM to pass on information about upcoming events or discuss court cases, human rights issues, lobbying and other activism. The show runs Sundays from 6-8 PM on CITR 101.9FM in Vancouver or live on the internet at www.citr.ca

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sfu women's centre

The SFU Women's Centre welcomes all women studying or working at Simon Fraser University, including trans and intersex women. The mission is to provide a safe space for all self-identified women to celebrate our different experiences, to demand and work for the full participation of all women in society, to struggle against all forms of oppression and demand justice, and to o ensure self-identified women have access to women-centred, women-positive resources. Resources include a meeting place, study space, notice boards for community and campus events, jobs and advocacy, a free phone, a quiet play space and toys for children, a full kitchen and microwave, free clothes, books, referrals for on- and off-campus services, discussion and support groups, workshops, and other events.

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Logo: UVic Pride

UVic Pride is an organization for all people who are queer, queer-positive, gender-variant, and/or intersex. Our goal is to provide advocacy, education, information, referral services, and peer support, and to organize political and social activities. The intent of UVic Pride is to promote and provide an atmosphere that celebrates sexual, gender, and sex diversity; builds community; and is fully inclusive and supportive of all members. We seek not only to end homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and the oppression of intersex people but to promote justice, dignity, equity, and human rights for all people.

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Vancouver Status of Women works with women to ensure women's full participation in the social, economic, and political life of our communities, in the profound belief that women's self-determination is a crucial step towards a just and responsible society. VSW's activities include developing resource materials; research; public education programs; outreach and providing information, self-help referral services to individual women and other organizations; initiating, facilitating, and participating in social justice networks and coalitions; and engaging in feminist community building.

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The Victoria Status of Women Action Group promotes social, economic and political self-determination and freedom for all women. We do this work because women are oppressed on the basis of their sex, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, class, sexual orientation, ability, age, education and geographical location, among many other forms of discrimination. We work primarily, but not exclusively, in Greater Victoria.

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The Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to research, education, advocacy, and action in the public interest. VIPIRG's current areas of focus include global militarism, global economics and trade, local poverty issues, food security, urban environmentalism, alternative media, and developing the research and organizing skills to be effective activists. Through our Research Internship Program, which links students and community groups, VIPIRG facilitated a study of the accessibility of local gender-based social and health-related services to transgendered people. University of Victoria students studying transgender issues are encouraged to approach VIPIRG for support in their research.

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Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW) Rape Crisis Center is operated by a group of women working to provide counselling and support services to both trans and women who have been victimized through sexual violence. Services include: a 24-hr crisis line; one-to-one counselling; information and referrals; advocacy; accompaniment for medical, police and court procedures; a support group for sexual assault survivors; public education to increase awareness; and assistance for women with Criminal Victims Assistance Program applications. All services are free of charge and are delivered in seven languages.

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W/TDPC

The Women/Trans Dialogue Planning Committee is a group of committed grassroots individuals who have come together to work towards greater equality for trans and intersex individuals and a better understanding in the community of trans/intersex issues. Members come from among women's and labour movements, trans communities, academia, anti-violence/crisis intervention workers, and the broad community. The W/TDPC has, in collaboration with other community partners, produced a number of publications; including a policy manual, biographies of trans people, and an information package for criminal justice personnel. Future plans include establishing a series of community-based policy, anti-violence and other workshops to deliver to the community.

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Community Spotlight
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The Qmunity Centre provides support, health and social services, and public education for the well being of lesbians, gay men, transgender and bisexual people and their allies in Vancouver and throughout BC. The Qmunity Centre is committed to building pride and acceptance of diversity and to mitigating the impact of homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia and biphobia.


Community Partner 2009
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Queer Film Festival: For 11 days each August, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival brings the very best in queer independent cinema from around the world to Vancouver. As the city's second largest film festival.

Each summer, this celebrated event brings people together to watch incredible films, talk to filmmakers and artists, engage in scintillating discussions, experience unexpected performances and paint the town pink!


TAS Member Organizations

Member organizations are not-for-profit groups or services that have, as part of their mandate, a key component that addresses trans interests. The current and past member groups are:

  • 411 Seniors Centre
  • ANKORS
  • BC Association of Specialized Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs
  • BC Coalition of Women's Centres
  • BC FTM Network
  • BC Human Rights Defenders
  • The LGBT Centre
  • Centre for Leadership and Community Learning, Justice Institute of BC
  • Cornbury Society
  • End Legislated Poverty
  • Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - Vancouver
  • Pride UBC
  • Queer FM
  • SFU Women's Centre
  • Transcend Transgender Support & Education Society
  • UVic Pride
  • Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group
  • Vancouver Status of Women
  • VanTag
  • Victoria Status of Women Action Group
  • Women Against Violence Against Women
  • Women/Trans Dialogue Planning Committee

*Distress Line Numbers*
-Prideline-
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
604 684-6869

Throughout British Columbia
1-800-566-1170 (Toll Free)
-BC Crisis Line-

Greater Vancouver
604-872-3311

BC-Wide
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)