QUMUNITY, BC’s queer, trans and two-spirit resource center, will be moving to a new facility downtown, at the corner of Burrard and Davie.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson made the announcement at a breakfast to recognize the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on Friday morning.
“I know it’ll be a great space once it’s built, and should have over one hundred affordable homes above it, once its all built, about 10,000 square feet.” Robertson announced to an applauding crowd at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. “So as a city, you have your fellow citizens to thank because its seven million dollars in dedicated funding that came from the rezoning of Burrard Place. As well as a capital grant of a couple hundred grand from the city to get things rolling.”
The longstanding organization was originally founded by a group of businesses who came together to build a gay community center in Vancouver’s West End.
“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.”
The breakfast was hosted by Roundhouse Radio’s Janice and Corey.
— Krystle Landert (@krystlemlandert) May 19, 2017