Qmunity Moving To New Home
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson announced today that Qmunity will be part of a redevelopment project at the corner of Davie and Burrard Streets with a purpose built facility for Qmunity. The announcement took place at the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia breakfast.
“This is a very exciting moment in QMUNITY’s 38 plus year history,” says Morgan Camley, QMUNITY’s Board Chair. “The road to this moment has been long, with many folks involved at all different levels. I am thankful for all the work that previous Board members, Executive Directors, staff, and volunteers have done to bring us to this moment. We also could not have arrived at this point without the tireless work and support from the folks at the City of Vancouver.”
In addition to Qmunity moving to the new location in the future, a Sustainable Future campaign will be launched. More information to come.
Qmunity has been operating for over 38 years and offers year round programming and services to improve the lives of the LGBTQ2+ community. A group of local organizations and business came together in 1979 to found the centre. Qmunity was known as the Vancouver Gay Community Centre after incorporating in 1981. In 1984 the name was changed to the Pacific Foundation for the Advancement of Minority Equality (operating as the Gay and Lesbian Centre).
In 1985 the organization was renamed Qmunity and moved to it’s current location at Davie and Bute Streets. The City of Vancouver awarded Qmunity a grant in 2013 for the purpose of funding a new location. No date for the new community centre has been announced. Follow Qmunity for updates.
“I am thrilled thinking about the past, present, and future today. A new, purpose built facility,” says CJ Rowe, QMUNITY’s executive director, “will ensure that QMUNITY will be able to serve the needs of queer, trans, and Two-Spirit communities well into the future.”