Our Community Partners are essential to animating the Festival and connecting us to our broader queer communities.

We have partnered with local non-profit organizations and community groups to raise awareness, create opportunities to build social connection and engage people in changes to get involved in the issues that matter to them. Community partners help connect their membership to Festival events that align with their goals or interests. In return, we offer opportunities to cross-promote, promote events or calls to action.

Their service and capacities range in size and can include educational, recreational or support resources. Check out their descriptions below and head to their websites for more information.

If you would like to become a Community Partner with the Festival, reach out to our Marketing Team with “New Community Partner” as the subject. We can’t wait to connect!

2016 Community Partners


Amnesty International is a global movement of people dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights, including rights around sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based organization working for the validity of Black life. We are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement. #BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime. #BlackLivesMatter is working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. The Black Lives Matter Vancouver Chapter was started in 2016 with the aim of standing in solidarity mainly with our friends and family doing great work in Toronto but also all the other BLM chapters across North America. Our goals are to re-visibilize the Black community in Vancouver and BC after histories of erasure that have occurred here, support the unique struggles of Black folks here such as immigration, housing and cultural connection and continue to celebrate blackness.

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BOLDFest = bold, old(er) lesbians & dykes. an Annual conference at the Coast Plaza Hotel, bringing together 150-200 dykes of all ages to: re-connec,t get energized, politicized network, celebrate our age(s), queerness, our longevity – everything we are!! We kick off our 12th year this Labour Day Weekend with Queer as Funk, Lucie Blue Tremblay and much more. Join us!

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CampOUT! is a unique and exciting summer camp that offers BC’s queer, trans, two-spirit and allied youth an opportunity to become leaders for social change, access resources, and make friends!

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Cor Flammae is Vancouver’s summer chorus of classically-trained, queer singers, performing historical and modern queer content.

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CJSF broadcasts from SFU’s Burnaby campus at 90.1 FM to most of Metro Vancouver. As a campus/community station, CJSF strives to support local music, arts and culture and provide a platform for points of view rarely expressed in mainstream media.

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DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society (incorporated in 1998) devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences. The society exists to educate the public about documentary film as an art form through DOXA Documentary Film Festival, a curated and juried festival comprised of public screenings, panel discussions, public forums and educational programs. The 15th annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival will take place May 5 thru 15, 2016. The Motion Pictures Film Series is DOXA’s year-round programming initiative that offers screenings of some of the world’s most outstanding documentaries to communities around the Lower Mainland.

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Vancouver Frontrunners provides a safe and friendly environment for the LGBT community and their friends to enjoy running and walking.

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Full Circle – Proudly located on the traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish people, Full Circle: First Nations Performance is the premiere company in Western Canada devoted solely to developing and celebrating the Aboriginal arts. Full Circle hosts the only multidisciplinary Aboriginal arts festival in Turtle Island, The Talking Stick Festival, which features over 300 artists in over 50 performances across 10 days. Our next Talking Stick Festival is February 16-26, 2017. Don’t miss it!

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Geist is a magazine of ideas and culture that publishes essay, stories, photography, comics, reviews and little known facts of interest from across Canada.

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Non-profit Two-Spirit organization, promoting Two-Spirit awareness, and providing a vehicle for the research and study of First Nations people, their traditions and cultures.



Health Initiative for Men is dedicated to strengthening the health and well-being of gay men. We involve and engage gay men to improve foundations of their physical, sexual, social and mental health through research-based, community-minded, volunteer-driven activities. Our materials and programs are for adults and deal with gay sexuality positively and explicitly.

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heartwood community cafe

Heartwood is a queer-inclusive community restaurant and social justice hub serving up locally fresh dishes and a full calendar of events.

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IN Magazine, Canada’s premier LGBT lifestyle magazine, is a refreshing take on gay and lesbian city life, across Canada.
IN Magazine spotlights the best in entertainment, opinion and lifestyle, exploring everything from relationship advice and health to art and fashion. Check out this month’s issue online here!

Indian Summer is a festival of arts and ideas that takes place in Vancouver every July. The 2016 theme is ‘Border Crossings’, with recognition that borders are geographic, linguistic, religious, racial, sexual, and culinary.

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Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture is a registered charitable non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting artists who live with a disability.

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LEGIT, founded in 1991, is an organization of volunteers helping same-sex couples who wish to live together in Canada. We have been instrumental in lobbying and affecting change in the Citizenship and Immigration Canada policies. We are not lawyers. We hope the information we provide is helpful and supportive. It is not intended to be legal advice.



Lezervations is quarterly social networking for queer business ladies. Or something like a big family dinner, if your entire family were made up of lesbians. All letters welcome.

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Migrante BC is a grassroots organization, run on volunteer power, committed to the promotion and protection of the rights and welfare of Filipino migrants and immigrants in British Columbia, Canada. Proud member of Migrante Canada, Migrante International and Coalition of Migrants Workers Rights Canada.

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We provide support for all family members and friends. We work to create an environment of understanding so our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children can live with dignity and respect.

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Positive Living Society

Positive Living BC is dedicated to empowering persons living with HIV/AIDS through mutual support and collective action. We are a registered non-profit Society and an established leader in the HIV/AIDS movement. Uniquely among major agencies in Canada, the Positive Living BC Board of Directors is composed entirely of HIV-positive members.

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Powell Street Festival cultivates Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect communities. Our annual festival and other events create a hub for emerging and established artists.

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The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver’s signature mid-winter festival presenting contemporary works of theatre, dance, music and multimedia by acclaimed local, national and international artists.

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QMUNITY is BC’s queer and trans resource centre – the hub for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer community programs, training and advocacy. We envision a world where all queer people are included and free from discrimination.

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Viewed as one of the top 5 queer arts and culture festivals worldwide, the Queer Arts Festival (QAF) is an annual artist-run multi-disciplinary arts festival.


Queer Families is a group open to folks who identify as Queer parents/parents to be. It is open to people of all genders who are at all stages of the journey of expanding their family, whether it be thinking about it, in the process of doing so or already there! Queer families has regular meet ups around the city for new parents and experienced ones. The facebook page also serves as a place where people can post resources and ask questions related to parenthood and queerness.


Rainbow Refugee

Rainbow Refugee Committee is a Vancouver based community group that supports people seeking refugee protection because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.

If you are in Canada and are afraid to go back to your home country because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, Rainbow Refugee can help. Come to our free drop-in on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm at Qmunity, 1170 Bute Street, Vancouver.

If you are interested in learning how to sponsor an LGBTQ or HIV+ refugee to come to Canada, come attend one of our upcoming info-sessions! Email info@rainbowrefugee.ca to find out more.

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Raw Meat Vancouver Roller Skating is a group for women to learn roller skate, learn roller derby skills, and have fun. Check out rawmeatvancouver.com for more information.


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SAD Mag is an independent Vancouver publication featuring stories, art and design. Founded in 2009, we publish the best of contemporary and emerging artists with a focus on inclusivity of voices and views, exceptional design, and film photography.

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SAFES is a Vancouver based collective of cinephiles, academics, aesthetes and others who get together occasionally to screen interesting South Asian films – and engage in (hopefully) stimulating dialogue about society, cinema, art, culture and history.

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We are Vancouver’s only First Nations restaurant. We specialize in wild fish, free range game meat and of course bannock, freshly baked daily. We use traditional ingredients that we prepare and present in a modern way. In our small casual bistro everyone is welcome as they are. In the spirit of First Nations’ traditions, our intention is to provide a gathering place where the focus is on the people and the food.

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Sher Vancouver

Sher Vancouver is a social, cultural, and support organization for LGBTQ South Asians and their friends, families, and allies.

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Screening innovative and edgy genre films and contextualizing new Canadian genre cinema through our international film festivals Cinemafantastique (July) and Scalarama (September).

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Two Spirit Journal

The go-to-place for all your Two-Spirit news and current events.

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The Jane Rule Endowment for the Study of Human Relationships fosters programs on gender and sexual diversities through Critical Studies in Sexuality and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC. The endowment supports academic and community events that explore the artistic, cultural, and political dimensions of human sexuality, as well as to promote generative dialogue found at the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and social justice.



Western Canada’s 1st LGBT+ Wedding Show. Union Wedding Show features LGBT wedding industry professionals in an environment that is safe and inclusive to couples who are planning their wedding day.

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VAFF is the longest running Asian film festival in Canada. It was founded in 1995 and debuted in September 1997. Since then, tens of thousands of film lovers have experienced a diverse selection of North American-Asian and international films. VAFF is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the diversity and depth of Asian culture and identity in film and media, and to help North American Asian actors and filmmakers more authentically and more powerfully define and express themselves on screen. Through its annual film festival and many other programs and events hosted in Vancouver, VAFF’s mission is to be the “go-to” forum for the public and the film industry to engage in and support the rise of Asian influence in film and media in the world. VAFF envisions a world where North American Asian actors and filmmakers have the resources and opportunities to shape mainstream culture in a powerful and positive way.

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Since 1979, The Vancouver Gay Volleyball Association (VGVA) has been the city’s largest LGBT volleyball club. We cater to players of all orientations & identities, with a variety of divisions that match any skill level. Registration for our indoor season begins August 10th; check us out at vgva.com!

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Each year VIBC hosts the City of Bhangra Festival, creating an inclusive community through celebration and the joy of bhangra. We connect through dance, music and community, establishing relationships across genres of performance and ethno-cultural boundaries.

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The annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is among the top five film festivals in North America, screening films from over 70 countries around the world including the pick of the world’s top film festivals and many undiscovered gems.

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The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival provides a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema, as a medium of art and education, in Vancouver.

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Vancouver’s Latin LGBT Community and Friends is dedicated to raising the awareness and visibility of our vibrant culture throughout the world! We celebrate diversity and have members from all across Latin America. It is important for us to be proud of who we are and where we come from. We aim to make our minorities visible.


Vancouver Mens Chorus

The VMC is one of Canada’s premier singing ensembles and Canada’s first gay chorus. For more than 35 years, we’ve delighted audiences locally and abroad.

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The Vancouver Pride Society brings together members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Two-Spirit community, their friends, allies and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBTQ2+ community by producing quality, inclusive events such as the Pride Parade and Festivals.

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Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival

The Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival (TWFF) is a public annual arts and cultural initiative since 2007, presented by UBC Literature Etc., a student organization in UBC with a mandate to promote literacy. Over the last 10 years, TWFF has became the largest Canadian film festival focusing on Taiwanese cinema.
Films are the best window into culture. TWFF upholds its initial mandate of building a cultural bridge that provides our Canadian multicultural society a chance to better understand Taiwan — whether it is Taiwan’s stunning landscapes, its rich traditions and distinctive urban culture, its classic cuisines and world-famous street foods, or its fine arts and music. The Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival strives to present the best of Taiwan to Vancouver audience through Taiwanese cinema.

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The Vancouver Writers Fest turns reading into a community experience, bringing people together to share thoughts, explore ideas, and witness brilliant conversations.

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Women in Film + Television Vancouver is an internationally affiliated non-profit society committed to advancing and celebrating women in screen-based media and in the community at large.