Swimmer in floatie at Templeton Pool

LGBTQ2+ community

Vancouver is home to the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse, queer, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2+) community in Western Canada.

The LGBTQ2+ community is a significant presence throughout Vancouver, centred along Davie Street in the West End and Commercial Drive in Grandview.

Every year, the Mayor proclaims a week in August as Gay Pride Week as a show of support for this diverse and vibrant community.

What's new at City facilities

Gender neutral washroom sign

Washroom signage

Many trans, gender diverse, and Two-Spirit individuals face incredibly damaging forms of discrimination and barriers to access basic forms of human needs.

In March 2017, washroom signage in City Hall was changed to state, "Trans People Welcome." Signs are being applied in other City-owned buildings with varying designs for multi-stall washrooms and universal single-use washrooms. 

Each person self-determines which facility is most appropriate for them based on their gender identity.

What's new at Park Board facilities

Left to right: Josie Pearce and Ben Keane-O'Hara

Left to right: Josie Pearce and Ben Keane-O’Hara

Creating welcoming services for all

The Park Board has staff dedicated to Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two-Spirit Inclusion.

The Park Board has begun installing universal and gender neutral washroom signage at Park Board facilities, trans swim at Templeton Pool, trans self-defence classes, and trans awareness campaigns at all facilities.

Learn about the Park Board's actions

Get involved

LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee

Supports Vancouver’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.

Trans, Gender Diverse and Two-Spirit Inclusion Advisory Committee

Works to create safe, inclusive, and welcoming spaces for trans, gender diverse and Two-Spirit individuals.