Our Queerabilities Group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 5-6:30 pm in the Greater Victoria Public Library on Broughton Street in downtown Victoria
We are a group of folks who identify someone on the LGBTTQQIAAP+ spectrum who are also living with a disability, either diagnosed or not! This group is a place to share resources, and build community! If there is anything you need that will make your participation in the group easier for you please contact Jonathan.Degenhardt (at) avi.org and he will do his best to accommodate whatever it may be!
- This event is free.
- The library is located right downtown and is on several frequent bus routes. Bus tickets will be available for those who need it.
- The library and meeting room we use are wheelchair accessible. The room itself is located on the second floor, but there is an elevator to use.
- There is one single-stall, accessible, gender-neutral washroom in the library on the first floor, as well as two gendered multi-stall washrooms. The library staff have been very welcoming and helpful to us.
- If you aren't sure where you're going and would like to meet up in the library lobby before the group, send me a message.
- The room we will meet in is in a quiet, private corner of the library. There is a window on the door.There are usually 10 to 20 people, spanning a large range of ages and identities.
- We pretty much always have a mix of new and returning folks to the group.
- I bring an assortment of light snacks and usually some juice boxes. I try to bring some options that work with folks' dietary restrictions, but please let me know if you have any specific needs that aren't being met.
- I do not bring any snacks with nuts, but can't gaurantee there will be no nuts or nut residue in the room.
- The group is facilitated by a Queer Cis Gendered male who has a disability and aims to be open, welcoming, and inclusive of folks from all walks of life.
- The group format is open-style and can evolve to meet the needs of those who are attending. It usually ends up being a small group hanging out, chatting (sometimes on a specific topic), having snacks, and possibly engaging in some sort of soothing activity.
- There are always options for folks who prefer to sit in, listen, doodle, etc.
- We have a living group agreement that we go over at the beginning of each group. This covers people's safety and comfort needs to feel the most welcome and included in the space. It can be added to at any time.
On a side-note, if you have any suggestions for activities or things you'd like to do for upcoming Queerabilities Group meet-ups, send a message to Jonathan.Degenhardt (at) avi.org!