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Trans Gender Diverse and Two-Spirit community

Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two-Spirit community

The Vancouver Park Board’s mission is to create welcoming parks and recreation services for all. We are committed to creating safe environments for the Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two-Spirit (TGD2S) community.

In 2014, the Park Board formed a Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two-Spirit Inclusion (TGD2S) Advisory Committee. The group worked with the community and Vancouver Park Board staff to identify barriers and take action to increase access to park and recreation services.

Our actions include:

  • Trans Swim at Templeton Pool
  • Trans self-defence classes
  • Trans awareness campaign in all Park Board facilities
  • Universal and gender neutral washroom signage in our facilities

We are the Park Board's TGD2S team

Left to right: Josie Pearce and Ben Keane-O’Hara

Left to right: Josie Pearce and Ben Keane-O’Hara

In July 2017, as a result of a Park Board motion  (193 KB) to hire dedicated TGD2S staff, we joined the Park Board as Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two Spirit Inclusion facilitators. 

We’re carrying on the work of the TGD2S Advisory Committee to identify barriers and develop programming that will make our services feel more accessible and welcoming.

Our work supports implementation of recommendations in the Park Board’s report Building a Path to Parks and Recreation for All  (2.55 MB).

Email us: TGD2S@vancouver.ca

Do you identify as a member of the TGD2S community? We want to hear from you!

Take our brief survey to help us develop programming that meets the needs of the TGD2S community.

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Current Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two Spirit (TGD2S) programs

By City of Vancouver

 

  • Public awareness campaign

    By City of Vancouver

    In 2015, the Park Board rolled out a successful Park Board-wide communications campaign which raised visibility and acceptance of Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two-Spirit people at all our facilities. View all the campaign posters PDF (590 KB)

  • TGD2S swim at Templeton Pool

    By City of Vancouver

    Come swim in a relaxed and safe environment. The main pool, children’s pool, sauna, hot tub, and fitness room are reserved for TGD2S people, their friends, and family. Change rooms are universal during the swim and blinds are drawn for full privacy. Every Sunday from 11:30am – 1:30pm (summer hours shorter).

  • Universal signage for single-stall washrooms and change rooms

    By City of Vancouver

    Following consultation with the Park Board’s TGD2S Advisory Committee and the City of Vancouver LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee, a citywide standard was developed in 2017. The new signage will be installed at all community centres with single occupancy washrooms by the end of 2018.

  • TGD2S awareness workshops for Park Board staff

    By City of Vancouver

    We provided 24 awareness sessions for recreation staff at Barclay Manor, Britannia, Coal Harbour, Douglas Park, Hastings, Hillcrest, Killarney, Kitsilano, Marpole-Oakridge, Ray-Cam, Renfrew, Templeton Park Pool, Trout Lake, West End, and West Point Grey. Training was provided to staff groups including aquatics, rinks, community youth workers, fitness, and community centre programmers. More sessions are planned for 2018.

  • TGD2S self-defense pilot program at Templeton Park Pool

    By City of Vancouver

    Participants practiced introductory self-defense movements and putting up verbal boundaries. If you’re interested in seeing this kind of program run again, email us at TGD2S@Vancouver.ca

Resources

Trans Care BC Services/THiP

Provincial Health Service Authority and Transgender Health Information Program. Trans Care BC aims to enhance the coordination of trans health services and supports across the province, bringing gender-affirming care closer to home wherever possible.

Qmunity

BC’s Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit Resource Centre. QMUNITY is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives.

Three Bridges Community Health Clinic

Safe space to access general health care or trans related health services 

BC Children’s Hospital - Gender Clinic

The Gender Clinic provides treatment with puberty blockers and/or gender-affirming hormones for transgender and gender-questioning youth up to the age of 18.

Broadway Youth Resource Centre

The BYRC is a one-stop youth centre that provides a wide range of social, health, education, employment, and life skills services to youth. It is a multi- service and multi-agency hub with a range of services for youth all under one roof.

UNYA – Urban Native Youth Association

Helping Vancouver's Indigenous youth explore their personal goals and develop their leadership skills in a fun, safe and healthy environment.  

YouthCo

YouthCO is a youth-led HIV and Hep C organization that seeks to reduce stigma related to HIV and Hep C throughout BC through peer education and support.

Catherine White Holman White Wellness Centre

Provides low barrier wellness services to trans and gender diverse individuals.

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