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Kootenay Pride

Kootenay Pride is a very grass roots LGBT community which has involvement from all sectors of our LGBT community. We organize an annual Pride Celebration, which we're quite sure is the largest small town Pride any place, and probably one of Canada's coolest!  In addition we try to keep the Pride community running year round with activities and get togethers, from small coffee shop meetings, to community town hall meetings, to "meet 'n greet" dances. We have at least one major dance every few months. Our Kootenay Pride Valentines dances are generally the largest event happening in the whole area on that night.

While we're proud of our success, it's not what we do but why we do it that's important. Our group donates over $5000 every year to seriously important charities. The Nelson Food Cupboard (a food bank), Ankors (the Kootenay's HIV/AIDS centres), Transconnect (Transconnect website gone May 22,2013)(and organization supporting individuals who are trans identified), and many others have received our support and continue to
receive funds either directly from proceeds of dances, or from our annual disbursements after Pride Celebrations.

Our goal is to continue to raise awareness and support the diverse and tolerant society we have grown to cherish in the West Kootenays. Our community boasts one of the only safe rural spaces for LGBT culture on the planet and we're here to help it continue, flourish, and "give back" to our community at large. Pride here, is as much a "thank-you" you Nelson and the West Kootenay as it is activism and an outward expression of Pride in ourselves.

Kootenay Pride's Parade has been in operation for over 16 years. Our parade and celebration is the longest continuous parade (currently Nelson's only parade) in Nelson, and we think it represents inclusion in the community as a whole, and our march is one of the "Celebrations" for the achievement of a Harmonious West Kootenay that includes LGBT people in nearly every way. We march for our history (for there were struggles), for our present (for there still are struggles we endure as individuals and as a group despite general inclusion), and for the future (for the hope that we never return
to intolerance and bigotry).


Queer Kootenays Gay resources in the Kooteneys; Greenwood, Sparwood, Fernie, Golden, Cranbrook, and the Crow's Nest Pass areas

Gay Kootenays Pride Kootenay Pride bringing together all members of the LGBTQ community throughout the Kootenays! Link
Gay Cranbrook Pride Cranbrook Pride is a group of dedicated volunteers that encourage and empower the LGBTQ community in the Kootenays. Link


Gay Okanagan B.C.

AIDS /HIV Resources Link

Gay LGBT Okanagan Network Gay Okanagan Network providing a source of news, events, and information for the entire LGBT community in the Gay Thompson-Okanagan B.C.
Gay Kamloops Pride Gay & Lesbian Assiciation of Kamloops provide information for supporting our community in the city with a calendar of events, supportive contacts, businesses and community resources. Link
Okanagan Pride Okanagan Pride is a non-profit organization committed to serving the Okanagan's LGBTQ community. Events and programs to connect our community. Host to the popular annual Okanagan Pride Festival which draws visitors from throughout the Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada, and the United States. Link
SOGALA Gay Lesbian Okanagan Pride South Okanagan Gay & Lesbian Association SOGALA is non profit organization based in Penticton that offer many GLBT related activities in the gay South Okanagan B.C. Activities includes: Dances, Potlucks, Movie Nights, Lake Cruises, Fund Raisers Garage Sales and a Men's Bookclub.Link
Gay Seniors Kelowna Okanagan Senior Gay Men in Kelowna Senior Gay Men in Kelowna is a group of senior gay men (& their Allies) in the Okanagan area, who get together every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Link
Gay Banff Canmore Kananaskis Lake Louise Out Here - Gay Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, Kananaskis. Bow Valley's LGBTQ-Straight Alliance Community Group - Events-Social activities, and more! Link


Youth Resources

Outlet Youth Group Created for GLBTTQQ youth (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, Two-Spirited, and questioning) and their allies. Designed to support the youth and provide them with access to resources and a safe space to meet. Two groups: one in Nelson, BC and one in Castlegar, BC.
Contact person: Cindy Cropley at 250-364-0082 or





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