Transgender Awareness Week

Trans Awareness Week November 13 - 19 Transgender Day of Rememberance November 20

Trans rights are human rights.

November 13 marks the start of Transgender Awareness Week. Transgender Awareness Week is a week when transgender people and their allies take action to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing experiences, and advocating around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and the violence that disproportionately affects the transgender community, particularly for visible minorities. The Fernie Pride Society is proud to take part in Transgender Awareness Week.

With the passage of Bill C-16, Canadian history was made in June 2017 with both gender identity and gender expression becoming federally protected grounds in the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. This was a significant step forward for the protection and legal recognition of trans and gender diverse communities in Canada.

To find out more about LGBTQ rights and protections in Canada please click here:…/…/services/rights-lgbti-persons.html

Trans 101 Lunch & Learn


70465802_10162408481345261_3914697093544935424_oJoin us for lunch and an informative afternoon workshop with Ankors Trans Connect representative Milo Leraar.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about Trans Basics. Milo will help you understand the concepts, definitions, terms and expressions used when talking about trans identity, gender, sexual orientation and health and wellness. Whether you are an individual, a business owner, or a community group, come and learn more about your Trans friends, family, neighbours, customers and colleagues in a safer space.

Trans Care BC is improving gender-affirming care across BC. Trans Care BC supports the delivery of equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for trans people across the province. Follow the link below to find out more about Ankors Trans Connect and the services they offer.

Park Place Lodge: Spruce Room (Fireside)
Time: 12:00pm to 3:00pm, lunch will be served promptly at 12:15pm
Menu: Soup (GF Tomato Basil), Sandwiches (assorted) and fruit
Cost: $20.00 per person (EventBrite fees included)
Host: Fernie Pride Society

For tickets please click here. 

Please book ahead if you are planning to attend so we can make sure there is room for everyone.

Elk Valley Pride Festival 2019


The Elk Valley Pride Festival is coming up in less then a month! Mark your calendars for October 8-11 for a week of sharing, caring, exploring, learning, dancing, and so much more!

Kicking off with at Fernie City Hall with the Pride Festival Flag Raising and finishing with Indie Films Fernie there is sure to be something for everyone! For a complete festival schedule click here.

Pride in Fernie and the Elk Valley has grown and changed so much since the Fernie Pride Society was formed. We are working hard to create safer and more inclusive communities where LGBTQ2+ individuals can live, work, love, and play just as they are.

We want to thank everyone; staff, volunteers, the City of Fernie, donors and sponsors, partner organizations, and particularly each and every member of the LGBTQ2+ community and our allies for standing with the Fernie Pride Society and Elk Valley Pride Festival, and for showing your commitment to us. Join us to celebrate a beautiful, unique, and diverse community of people in beautiful Fernie BC.

We are always in need of volunteers to make this event as succcessful as possible. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Lori Bradish, Elk Valley Pride Festival Coordinator, at

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Moving Forward for LGBTQ2 Canadians: A Pre-Election Statement

Context: On or before October 21 2019 Canada will conduct a federal election for the 43rd Canadian Parliament. Over the past five decades, our communities have seen ongoing progress regarding basic human rights and towards full inclusion in Canada society. Legal advances, including basic protections against discrimination and recognition of our relationships and families, have led to Canada being seen as a global leader in the advancement of human rights for sexual and gender minorities. However, there is still a long way to go to achieve true inclusion and acceptance. Many federal departments and agencies are now working to incorporate specific concerns and issues facing LGBTQ2 Canadians into public policy. No matter the results of the federal election, we are committed to moving forward on rights and equality for all LGBTQ2 Canadians.

Statement: We call on all political parties running in the Canadian Federal election to commit to ensuring that human rights for sexual and gender minorities are secure in Canada and that our communities continue to be reflected in all areas of federal policy, both domestic and international. There continue to be policy areas for Canada to improve in and we call on all future governments to continue to work with LGBTQ2 civil society organizations in moving forward to address issues that are still facing our communities.

This statement is being circulated by a number of coalitions and organizations across Canada including: the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Community Based Research Centre (CBRC), le Conseil québécois LGBT, Dignity Network, Enchanté: the LGBTQ2 Centres Network, Egale Canada, & Fierté Canada Pride.

The Fernie Pride Society has endorsed this statement and added our signature.