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Bayard Rustin, Jackie Shane, and Makeda Silvera are just a few of the people we will be paying homage to this Black History Month, and throughout the rest of the year.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for regular updates, including upcoming details about our Black History Month events happening this February and March!


You can also hear more about the intersection of being Black and queer in Alberta from our executive director, Dawn Carter, during her virtual discussion with Norquest College.
If you are interested in exploring further resources for Black History Month, check out Prairie Pride News Roundup on our blog which also includes a selection of local, national, and international LGBTQ2SIA+ news.
CHECK IT OUT
Though our capacity to offer engaging community programming has been restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are still many ways to stay involved virtually! 
  • Free, one-on-one counselling services are available every Tuesday, from 2 - 7 pm, and Thursday from 5 - 7 pm. In addition to in-person counselling, community members can also access this service via phone and video. Due to the high volume of emails we receive, time slots can only be confirmed by calling in. You can reach
    us on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 - 5:45 pm at (780)-488-3234.
  • Kala, our program director, wants you to know that QueerOUT is back in full swing, soaking in all 2021 has to offer! January featured the usual chill chat night and a viewing of Disney's new animation, Soul, which Kala recommends if you want to question all your life choices. Both they and Cassandra got decimated in Among us, repeatedly, but will keep practicing for future game nights! For the month of February, QueerOUT will include Trivia, Chill Chat, and Queer Music History with Evan Westfall from ISMSS. If you are interested in getting connected to QueerOUT, please email hello@pridecentreofedmonton for details. Additionally, we are still looking for a few more performers for our year planning, if you are interested in sharing your talents with our youth please visit our website
  • Senior support is available through Aging with Pride, a telephone-based, safe and supportive space to connect with others, but from the comfort of your own home! Conversations are facilitated, participative and are centered on topics chosen by and for 2SLGBTQ+ seniors. We also offer mentorship and caregiving that meets you at wherever you are through our One-On-One (virtual) Support program. This is a multigenerational program for all those who fall under the queer umbrella that connects youth with older adults. We are still looking for volunteers to lead both programs. If you or someone you know is interested, learn more via our website
  • SMART Recovery® (Self Management And Recovery Training) supports individuals who have chosen to abstain (or are considering abstinence) from any type of addictive behaviours through learning how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions and actions. 
VIEW MORE PROGRAMMING HAPPENING THIS MONTH
  • Calling all QTBIPOC Artists in Edmonton! We are building a list of QTBIPOC artists of all disciplines for future programming. If you or someone you know is interested in working with us, please fill out the following Google form
  • Do you have a trans or gender fluid child in your life and want to connect with other caregivers? Join Jan-Marie Chrzanowski, local psychologist and member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health at Camp Dragonfly's Caregiver Workshop on February 20. RSVP for this free event through their website
  • On February 27, RaricaNow is unpacking the ways in which racism and discrimination present themselves in the Queer community. The conversation is based on the experiences of [the] black trans and Queer community, and will feature a presentation and panel discussion from activists across the globe. Register at https://bit.ly/3afTTlf
  • The QUILTBAG is offering 10% off their entire Black History Month collection for the rest of the month! Use the code PROBLACK2021 at checkout to save. They are also hosting a Valentine's Day pop-up this Sunday with Chubby Fem Thrift, a Black, Queer, and Trans owned, Edmonton-based thrift store
  • Girls on Boards has just announced the opening of their Cohort 5 applications for Young Directors, Coaches and Volunteer Boards. This unique opportunity provides necessary training, coaching, and connections to the wider Girls on Boards community before joining a governance board. Applications close on February 25th at 1 PM MST and are open to participants ages 18 - 25. 
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We ask you to take a moment of silence to honour the memory of our fellow community member, Valerie, who is greatly loved and missed. Below is a message from her family to who we send our deepest condolences. 

"Beautiful inside and out; Brave; extremely creative and artistically talented. Courageous, loving, caring, intelligent and funny; these are but a few attributes Valerie possessed. She produced soundtracks that took the listener on fantastic voyages that created vivid scenes and stories in one's mind. Valerie loved music. She championed the underdog always and would try the unknown option on any menu. She enjoyed bargain hunting at thrift stores and antique shops and definitely had her own unique style. 

It is with extreme sadness and heavy hearts we announce Valerie was taken from us far too soon. She is lovingly remembered by her parents, Denise and Jack; sister Nicole; grandmother Peggy Jo; aunts and uncles, Jere Jo, Peggy Mae (Peter), Shirley (Mike), Colleen (Arnold), Bonnie, Marie, Elaine (Brad), Dave, and Dennis as well as numerous cousins. 

Valerie was predeceased by grandparents, Ann Davies, David Mitchell and Jack Parker. 

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate and pay tribute to Valerie's life will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Valerie can do so by donating in her name to the Pride Centre of Edmonton or the Edmonton Humane Society. To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com
DONATE TO THE PRIDE CENTRE IN VALERIE'S NAME
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