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⁠We hope you and yours were able to take some time over the last few weeks to relax, connect with loved ones, and say goodbye to a tumultuous year. Though we cannot predict what lies ahead in 2021, we are looking forward to growing and strengthening our community. The Centre is still offering modified programs and services amid COVID-19. ⁠

Until January 26, to protect the health and safety of our community and staff, we are available for information and referral services by phone only on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-6:45 pm. Free, drop-in counselling is resumes every Tuesday, from 2 - 7 pm, and Thursday, from 5 - 7 pm. Please call us day of at 780-488-3234, between 12 and 5:45 pm, to confirm your time slot. Multiple bookings cannot be made in advance.⁠
  • Our space is undergoing renovations so we can offer even more programming and services to our community! 
  • The 'Seniors Outreach Position' at the Centre is ending but dedicated support is still available so please do not hesitate to reach out to us, Edmonton Pride Seniors Group, and Rainbow Tables — a new group on Facebook.
  • Aging with Pride will continue, every Monday 6 pm - 7 pm. Learn more about our senior support services and programs here
Further resources for Seniors available this year: 
  • Elderberry, a support group for 2SLGBTQ+ seniors, based in Nova Scotia, is continuing to offer online groups. Click here to learn more and join their mailing list.
  • Ottawa Senior Pride Network (OSPN) has a ton of interesting digital events coming up this month. Learn more here.
  • Telus is offering affordable cell phone plans specifically for seniors. Click here for more information. 
  • Edmonton Seniors Council has an updated recreation directory. You can access it at
  • Edmonton Social Planning Council is hosting a research study to create a toolkit for creating safe spaces for seniors serving centers and is asking for participants. Honorariums will be provided. Click here to learn more. 

We wrapped up QueerOUT 2020 on December 16 with a performance from Cindy Rivers, who has also opened for the world-renowned Hannah Gadsby, and was in the top 100 of the CBC Next Up National Comedy Competition. She put on an impressive stand-up comedy show for our youth!
This year has been very strange indeed for programming at the Centre and QueerOUT has been no exception. We moved online in March using Discord and Zoom, for regular performer events. In addition to Cindy, we would like to take a moment to thank all the wonderful performers who joined us digitally over the year including Imani Khalifa, Gabriel Castilloux Calderón, Jay the Juggling Magician, Tiny Bear Jaws, and Damase Elis. The youth enjoyed everything each of you brought to our virtual stage and we look forward to working with you all again soon! 

Cassandra and Kala would like to send a thank all of the youth for their patience and understanding this year as we navigated technical difficulties and all the challenges that come with trying new things! Wednesday nights were definitely the highlight of our weeks. Discord provided the opportunity for daily check-ins, which we loved, and will definitely be part of our programming going forward! We have been taking time to think of the space we are welcoming you back into when we are able and we can't wait for you to see it all put together. We hope you all had a safe holiday season with genuine connections with your loved ones found, made and alike! 
The 100 YEG
Thank you again to all the folks at The 100 YEG for hosting MasquerAide this October, nominating the Centre, and all of the board's generosity. 

If you don't know, The 100 YEG is a group of community members who come together four times a year to support local charities and organizations. Their mission is to make fundraising easy while making a positive impact right here in Edmonton. You can learn more and become a member at
LGBTQ+ Newcomers Edmonton
"If I can be thankful for one thing in this pandemic it is this group! I had not been able to join the in-person meeting previous to COVID but changes with social distancing left my Fridays open, and when the group moved online I was been able to start attending!" - Kala Walton, Program Director. 

There have been many things to celebrate this year! A number of the group members were accepted for their immigration hearing and are able to remain here in Edmonton, as part of our Pride Centre Family. Over Zoom, the group enjoyed numerous events including a cooking night, pumpkin carving, drag make-up tutorial, a burlesque show, poster making for the Black Lives Matter Protests and so much more! 

Kala would like to thank all of the members of LGBTQ+ Newcomers Edmonton's for filling their Friday nights 
with so much love. She is grateful to each of you and thankful that you are part of the Pride Centre family. We can't wait for the day to see you all in person again! 
1. The ArQuives, with support from Salaam Canada, are leading an exciting project which aims to document LGBTQ2+ Muslim history in Canada. The project includes the collecting and preservation of records relating to LGBTQ2+ Muslim history and the creation of an online exhibit exploring LGBTQ2+ Muslim histories in Canada. Click here for more information about the project and donations.

2. We are seeking two senior volunteers to assist with our senior programming! If you are interested in volunteer coordination and program facilitation, and want to meet new people while supporting community, consider applying to be become our new Aging with Pride Facilitator or Mentorship Volunteer Lead. 
Our team has curated a selection of local, national, and international LGBTQ2SIA+ news to inform, inspire, and empower! 
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