Share Your Voice in an Advisory Group for the Canadian Trans & Non-Binary Youth Health Survey

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Under 25 years and live in a the Elk Valley or a rural area? Share Your Voice in an Advisory Group for the Canadian Trans & Non-Binary Youth Health Survey!

Stigma and Resilience among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) is looking for individuals to participate in the Canadian Trans & Non-Binary Youth Health Survey Advisory. They’re looking to youth to help shape a national report that will share the experiences of trans and non-binary youth.

There are seven youth advisory groups taking place across Canada. The team at SARAYVC is recruiting for British Columbia and rural/territories. You will be among the first to see the results of the survey, share your perspective, and help create social change alongside other teens.

For more information, or to express interest, please contact SARAVYC Research Assistant, Shannon Millar at

The advisory groups are open to individuals who:
**Are between ages 14 to 25
**Identify as trans or non-binary
**And live in Canada

Interested? Here’s more info about the groups.
—-Groups will include approximately 6-8 youth
–Each advisory group will meet 4 times during the 2019/2020 school year
–Each group session will be approximately 2 hours
–Each participant will receive an honorarium for every meeting they attend

Rural/Territories group info
–The rural/territories youth advisory group will meet via Skype
–Rural means anyone living outside of big city areas (i.e. Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Calgary)
–We are looking for youth who live in places with populations under 60,000 and do not visit big cities very often

AND check out the poster below for info on the upcoming Community Health Wellness Fair hosted by Trans Care BC!

Beers & Queers Summer Fun Time!

August PosterJoin Fernie Pride Society on Thursday, August 8 for an evening of outdoor summer fun followed by a casual gathering at The Valley Social! Meet at James White Park at 6:00pm for an hour of frisbee, picnicking, reading, or whatever you would like to do to relax in the sun with friends. Then head on up to The Valley Social at 7:30pm for our monthly Beers & Queers gathering! Snacks and nonalcoholic drinks provided. Others available to purchase. Thank you to EKCCU for supporting this event!

Beers & Queers Puppies and Pints


Join Fernie Pride Society on Thursday, July 11 at 6pm for an hour of puppy power at the Railyard Dog Park in Fernie! Find the rainbow for a treat for your 4-legged friend and then head on over to the Valley Social at 7:30pm for our monthly Beers & Queers gathering! All are welcome but please remember to drop Fido off at home before heading to the Valley Social! See you there!

B&Q and Rainbow Family Picnic


Saturday, June 15th at 4:00 pm Beers & Queers is partnering with the Knox United Church to host a family and friends picnic at Fernie’s Rotary Park! Hot dogs, hamburgers, pop, etc will be provided. If you are able to please bring a potluck dish to share; if you aren’t able there are lots of burgers to go around so don’t be shy! (Please indicate if ingredients include gluten, nuts etc for the comfort of those with food allergies.)

Come join the games, relay races and contests to win some fun prizes! It’s a great opportunity for people in the LGBTQ community to bring their family and friends together for a fun day in the park.

Handy items to bring: camping chair for your comfort, hat, sunblock, your gorgeous self!


Since 2005, May 17th has been dedicated to the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, marking the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.

It constitutes an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT2QI+ people internationally.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is not one centralised campaign; rather it is a moment that everyone can take advantage of to take action.

Although progress has been made in the last decade, a good deal of work still needs to be done to ensure basic rights for everyone. That’s why the fight against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia has to continue.


Celebrating 50 Years

were-adding-a-sweet-swirlThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada on May 14, 1969. Join us for a small informal celebration at 6:30pm at Fernie Annex Park where we will be enjoying cake and each others good company. Just look for the Pride flags around the picnic tables.

UPDATE: The skies have opened up and we need a backup plan. If it’s still raining at 6:30 we will move our celebration under cover to the gazebo at Fernie Rotary Park. If it stops raining we’ll meet at the Annex Park as planned.

Beers & Queers Goes to the Garden!


Join us Friday May 10th at the Fernie Eco Garden at 6:00pm for a chance to learn from the very best gardener we know! Mary Cosman will be giving us some tips on composting kitchen scraps, plant care, transplanting, and patio and balcony container gardening! If you would like to bring some plant cuttings we will also be having an exchange. After we’re done in the garden (7:30pm) we’ll head over to the Valley Social for a relaxing beverage and some nice chit chat.

If you can’t make the garden, come to the social. Can’t make the social, come to the garden!
Beers & Queers is a monthly social event for the LGBTQ2 community hosted by the Fernie Pride Society and The Valley Social. This event is proudly sponsored by the East Kootenay Community Credit Union. Everyone is welcome.