QMUNITY to move into new home

May 19, 2017

QMUNITY will be moving to a new home.

At the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia breakfast today, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson announced that QMUNITY will be part of a redevelopment project that will see the construction of a new building including purpose built facilities for QMUNITY.

“This is a very exciting moment in QMUNITY’s 38 plus year history,” says Morgan Camley, QMUNITY’s Board Chair. “The road to this moment has been long, with many folks involved at all different levels. I am thankful for all the work that previous Board members, Executive Directors, staff, and volunteers have done to bring us to this moment. We also could not have arrived at this point without the tireless work and support from the folks at the City of Vancouver.”

The new building will be located on the northeast corner of Davie Street and Burrard Street on property owned by the City of Vancouver.

QMUNITY will continue to provide support, connection, and leadership through our programs and services through the next phases of this process. No timeline has been set with regards to the development and construction of the new space.

“I am thrilled thinking about the past, present, and future today. A new, purpose built facility,” says CJ Rowe, QMUNITY’s executive director, “will ensure that QMUNITY will be able to serve the needs of queer, trans, and Two-Spirit communities well into the future.”

In addition to moving, QMUNITY will be launching the Building a Sustainable Future campaign. More information to come.

Between May and August 2015, QMUNITY undertook a broad consultation with community members to inform the planning, development and launching of a new QMUNITY space. Since the publication of the consultation report, QMUNITY has been actively working with the City of Vancouver, and specifically Councillor Tim Stevenson.

The Building Community Report provides the necessary foundation for envisioning the new QMUNITY space based on the needs of queer, trans, and Two-Spirit communities.

More information about the new building project will be made available on qmunity.ca as the project develops.

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Some Q Background

QMUNITY is B.C.’s queer, trans, and Two-Spirit resource centre, operating on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of Indigenous people across British Columbia.

QMUNITY, which has been operating for 38+ years, offers 365 days a year of programming and services to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives through support, connection, and leadership.

In 1979 QMUNITY was founded by a group of local organizations and businesses that came together to build a gay community centre. In 1981, the group incorporated under the B.C. Provincial Societies Act and was known as the Vancouver Gay Community Centre. In 1984 the organization was named the Pacific Foundation for the Advancement of Minority Equality and operated as The Gay and Lesbian Centre.

In 1985, the organization moved to its current location at 1170 Bute Street. In 2009 the Centre was renamed QMUNITY and hosted PRIDE House Vancouver during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In December 2013 the City of Vancouver awarded QMUNITY a grant for the purposes of funding a new location.