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The LGBTQ2+ Vaudreuil-Soulanges project comes to reality!

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ABOUT

An LGBTQ2+ resource for Vaudreuil-Soulanges,
​by Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

In 2019, the West Island LGBTQ2+ Centre and the MRC of Vaudreuil-Soulanges partnered together in the hopes of creating an LGBTQ2+ resource to serve the growing Vaudreuil-Soulanges community. This project was designed to create a resource for the region with the unique needs of th ecommunity in mind.

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In 2019, the West Island LGBTQ2+ Centre and the MRC of Vaudreuil-Soulanges partnered together in the hopes of creating an LGBTQ2+ resource to serve the growing Vaudreuil-Soulanges community. This project was designed to create a resource for the region with the unique needs of th ecommunity in mind.

Programs

In December 2021, LGBTQ2+ Vaudreuil-Soulanges launched its first program, a weekly meeting for LGBTQ2+ youth (ages 13 to 20). Currently the meetings are being held on Zoom, but we hope to start incorporating in-person meetings in the near future.

Context  / The Why:

With a territory spanning 23 municipalities, and a rapidly growing population, Vaudreuil-Soulanges is seeing a growing demand for diverse community services to support their population. It is important that theses kinds of services exist locally, as many residents in Vaudreuil-Soulanges, a territory west of Montreal, lack easy access to the services present in the urban center Montreal. It is also important that these services are designed in a way that take into account the unique demographic and geographic profile of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, including language, age, and points of contact.

For LGBTQ2+ people, having access to LGBTQ2+ specific services is essential to support them and their wellbeing. LGBTQ2+ organizations are the primary source of support for many individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or any other of the many sexualities and gender identities that exist. These organizations are also some of the main voices in terms of LGBTQ2+ advocacy and community education.  

While knowledge of and awareness surrounding LGBTQ2+ identities has increased significantly in recent years, support for LGBTQ2+ people has not increased proportionately. This is contributing to a crisis for LGBTQ2+ people, as more people have the understanding and capacity to identify as any one of many sexualities and/or gender identities, while existing in a society that remains hostile towards LGBTQ2+ people. This crisis is also disproportionately felt by LGBTQ2+ people living in rural and suburban regions, as they lack access to many of the resources tailored specifically for the LGBTQ2+ community, nor established LGBTQ2+ communities that exist in urban centres.

Organizations like LGBTQ2+ Vaudreuil-Soulanges are responsible not just for providing a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ2+ youth to express themselves openly, but also help to foster supportive communities and personal wellbeing. Studies have shown that having access to LGBTQ2+ spaces and services have a significant positive impact on the lives of youth who identify as part of the LGBTQ2+ community. This includes a net increase in levels of community engagement and social cohesion, and a decrease in rates and severities of various mental health, physical health, and social health challenges.

OUR MISSION
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Mission

To provide LGBTQ2+resources and services to the Vaudreuil-Soulanges community and toadvocate for its most vulnerable members.

Vision

  • To build an increasingly inclusive society through our advocacy and education.
  • To support vulnerable communities by giving them spaces to express themselves freely.
  • To reduce the isolation of LGBTQ2+ people by building a supportive and welcoming community.

Values

  • We will honor the diversity of our LGBTQ2+ community.
  • All LGBTQ2+ people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
  • Participants should be capable of accessing services in English and French.
Thank you to our valued sponsors!
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CALENDAR
  • Date :
    April 21 2022
  • Location :
    Vaudreuil-Soulanges region

Upcoming activities in the community will be posted here.

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NEWS

Below you can find some of our progress on this project... ​

February 14th, 2019
by
Anonymous

MRC-VS grants LGBTQ2+ group financial support for community development

In a surprising move, the Municipalité régionale de comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS) approved a $40,000 grant for the development of resources and support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer/Questioning, 2 Spirited, Plus (LGBTQ2+) community of the region.

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October 28th, 2021
by
Daniel Sucar

First LGBTQ2+ resource group in Vaudreuil-Soulanges to launch next month.

Vaudreuil-Soulanges falls short when it comes to resources supporting the LGBTQ2+ community – at least according to Vivianne LaRivière, an activist who spent decades raising awareness about queer issues in the region from her home base in St. Lazare.

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