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Welcome

Building a more equitable Canada for all is at the heart of Advocacy Canada, a non-profit organization run by and for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. We amplify the voices of 2SLGBTQIA+ Canadians by supporting initiatives that empower seniors, advocate for inclusive education, and drive positive changes in public policy.

Do you share our passion for social change, or simply want to connect with a welcoming and inclusive community? We offer several ways for you to get involved. Join us at exciting events, become a member to stay informed and contribute to our mission, volunteer your valuable skills to make a direct impact, or donate to fuel our ongoing efforts. By working together, Advocacy Canada and its supporters can create a brighter future for LGBTQ2S+ Canadians.

Upcoming Events

Rainbow Men Coffee Meetup: Kelowna’s Weekly Gathering for Gay Guys

Grab a coffee, connect with friends, and meet new guys at the Rainbow Men Coffee Meetup! This weekly meetup is a casual and welcoming space for gay men in Kelowna […]

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25 May 2024

Kelowna 50+ Pride Picnic

Come join us at the Kelowna 50+ Pride Picnic for a fun-filled afternoon celebrating love and diversity with our elder 2SLGBTQIA+ community members! Calling all 50+ 2SLGBQIA+ friends! Join Advocacy […]

Free
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09 June 2024

50+ Pride Breakfast

Are you a 50+ 2SLGBTQIA+ community member? We'd love for you to join us for our next breakfast get-together at the cafe inside the Parkinson's Senior's Activity Centre (1700 Parkinson […]

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21 June 2024

The You Belong Project

In Spring 2023, the Okanagan 2SLGBTQIA+ community and its allies came together to create a powerful message of belonging and celebrate diversity. Through a community-driven campaign led by Advocacy Canada, they raised over $8,000 in donations to showcase a billboard that embodied the spirit of inclusion and acceptance. The artwork was also used to create designs for clothing, stickers, postcards, and accessories that incorporate the bold design and message.

Learn more about the You Belong project here.

Blog Articles

Allyship

Today We Stand Together: Why IDAHOBIT Matters More Than Ever

Today, on May 17th, we mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). This day serves as a...
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Religion and Homosexuality

Advocacy Canada Urges Rotary Centre for the Arts to Strengthen Inclusion Efforts

“The arts flourish when all voices are heard and respected,” said Wilbur Turner. “By implementing clear policies and practices, the...
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Elections

2SLGBTQIA+ Voices Heard: Questionnaire for SD20 By-Election Candidates

Students and parents of 2SLGBTQIA+ students in School District 20 (SD20) have a voice in the upcoming by-election! An important...
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Allyship

Standing Together in Pink: Advocacy Canada Celebrates Pink Shirt Day and You Belong

February 28th marked a crucial day in fostering inclusivity and celebrating diversity: Pink Shirt Day. Advocacy Canada, alongside our friends,...
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Pride Month

Pride 2024: A Clarion Call for Activism and Intersectional Solidarity

Pride 2024: A Clarion Call for Activism – Recenter activism, uplift trans voices. Honour the roots of Pride for a...
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Allyship Billboard Project Religion and Homosexuality

Central Okanagan United Church Welcomes All with “You Belong” Banner Unveiling

In a heartwarming ceremony, the Central Okanagan United Church in Kelowna officially affirmed its commitment to inclusivity, celebrating its designation...
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Allyship Resilience

Don’t Be Intimidated: Take Action to Counter Threats Against the 2SLGBTQI+ Community

Imagine building your life, finding joy, and facing challenges, all while knowing there are those who actively seek to harm...
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Allyship Transgender

Kelowna Shines Hopeful: A City Stands Strong for Trans Rights

Over 100 voices in Kelowna rose in vibrant harmony on February 4th at a rally for trans rights organized by...
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Events SOGI 123 Transgender

Rise Up With Alberta! Trans Solidarity Rally – Kelowna Sunday, February 4

In response to the alarming announcement of a controversial policy by the Alberta government, threatening the rights of trans individuals,...
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Allyship

Advocacy Canada Launches Exclusive “You Belong” Shirts for Pink Shirt Day

Kelowna, January 24, 2024 — As Pink Shirt Day approaches on February 28th, Advocacy Canada is excited to unveil its...
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City of Kelowna Religion and Homosexuality

Advocating for Inclusivity: Responding to Concerns on 2SLGBTQ Rights in Political Predictions for 2024

It is both disheartening and concerning to see religious beliefs injected into political discussions, especially when those discussions include matters...
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Board of Directors

We’re Recruiting Board Members

Join Our Team in Kelowna! 🌈 We're on the lookout for passionate individuals to fill crucial roles on our volunteer...
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Other

Rally to Protect Trans Rights – Message from Wilbur Turner

Message at the Rally Against Hate to Protect Trans Rights by Wilbur Turner, Founder and chair of Advocacy Canada. Hundreds...
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Allyship

Supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ Employees During Anti-Trans Protests

Points to consider in cupporting 2SLGBTQIA+ employees during the anti-trans marches being held across Canada on September 20th. These events...
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Transgender

Responding to Concerns about Youth Transitioning: A Trans Youth Perspective

By Jade Walters Editor's Note: There is a lot of hateful and unfounded online content about youth transitioning. Much of...
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Billboard Project Pride Month

Kelowna 2SLGBTQIA+ community takes loud stand against hate for Pride Month

KELOWNA, BC—Aiming to combat a “disturbing” rise in visible hate against the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Kelowna and beyond, a local...
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Allyship

2SLGBTQIA+ and Allied Organizations Call on Government of Canada to Act Amidst Rising Hate

With the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia taking place on May 17th, Advocacy Canada joined over 80 civil...
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Mental Health

Advocating for Queer Mental Health Resources

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about mental health issues and the importance of seeking...
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SOGI 123

Supporting Queer Youth: Advocating for Healthy Outcomes in Education

The inclusion of resources in schools that reflect the experiences of 2SLGBTQ people and youth is an important step towards...
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Resilience

Addressing Online Hate and Targeted Harassment: Steps for the 2SLGBTQ+ Community

The 2SLGBTQ+ community has long been the target of discrimination and hate, and unfortunately, this has spilled over into online...
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