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Feb
7
7:15 PM19:15

Waterloo Welcome Wednesday

Are you new to Waterloo Region? Interested in finding out more about local LGBTQ organizations and events? Interested in volunteering for a local LGBTQ organization? Feel free to join our facilitator the first Wednesday of each month for a beverage and conversation!

Note that this group is a drop-in event open to all with no reservations being made. The number of people we can accommodate is dependent on the seating available. We would appreciate it if you could RSVP via the Queer Night Out Waterloo Region MeetUp group or, if you are not registered with MeetUp, contact us to let us know you are planning on attending.

The group may end early if attendance is low, so please arrive as close to 7:15 PM as you can and/or contact us to let us know you are coming late.

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Jan
3
7:15 PM19:15

Waterloo Welcome Wednesday

Are you new to Waterloo Region? Interested in finding out more about local LGBTQ organizations and events? Interested in volunteering for a local LGBTQ organization? Feel free to join our facilitator the first Wednesday of each month for a beverage and conversation!

Note that this group is a drop-in event open to all with no reservations being made. The number of people we can accommodate is dependent on the seating available. We would appreciate it if you could RSVP via the Queer Night Out Waterloo Region MeetUp group or, if you are not registered with MeetUp, contact us to let us know you are planning on attending.

The group may end early if attendance is low, so please arrive as close to 7:15 PM as you can and/or contact us to let us know you are coming late.

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Dec
6
7:15 PM19:15

Waterloo Welcome Wednesday

Are you new to Waterloo Region? Interested in finding out more about local LGBTQ organizations and events? Interested in volunteering for a local LGBTQ organization? Feel free to join our facilitator the first Wednesday of each month for a beverage and conversation!

Note that this group is a drop-in event open to all with no reservations being made. The number of people we can accommodate is dependent on the seating available. We would appreciate it if you could RSVP via the Queer Night Out Waterloo Region MeetUp group or, if you are not registered with MeetUp, contact us to let us know you are planning on attending.

The group may end early if attendance is low, so please arrive as close to 7:15 PM as you can and/or contact us to let us know you are coming late.

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Nov
1
7:15 PM19:15

Waterloo Welcome Wednesday

Are you new to Waterloo Region? Interested in finding out more about local LGBTQ organizations and events? Interested in volunteering for a local LGBTQ organization? Feel free to join our facilitator the first Wednesday of each month for a beverage and conversation!

Note that this group is a drop-in event open to all with no reservations being made. The number of people we can accommodate is dependent on the seating available. We would appreciate it if you could RSVP via the Queer Night Out Waterloo Region MeetUp group or, if you are not registered with MeetUp, contact us to let us know you are planning on attending.

The group may end early if attendance is low, so please arrive as close to 7:15 PM as you can and/or contact us to let us know you are coming late.

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Oct
4
7:15 PM19:15

Waterloo Welcome Wednesday

Are you new to Waterloo Region? Interested in finding out more about local LGBTQ organizations and events? Interested in volunteering for a local LGBTQ organization? Feel free to join our facilitator the first Wednesday of each month for a beverage and conversation!

Note that this group is a drop-in event open to all with no reservations being made. The number of people we can accommodate is dependent on the seating available. We would appreciate it if you could RSVP via the Queer Night Out Waterloo Region MeetUp group or, if you are not registered with MeetUp, contact us to let us know you are planning on attending.

The group may end early if attendance is low, so please arrive as close to 7:15 PM as you can and/or contact us to let us know you are coming late.

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Sep
6
7:15 PM19:15

Waterloo Welcome Wednesday

Are you new to Waterloo Region? Interested in finding out more about local LGBTQ organizations and events? Interested in volunteering for a local LGBTQ organization? Feel free to join our facilitator the first Wednesday of each month for a beverage and conversation!

Note that this group is a drop-in event open to all with no reservations being made. The number of people we can accommodate is dependent on the seating available. We would appreciate it if you could RSVP via the Queer Night Out Waterloo Region MeetUp group or, if you are not registered with MeetUp, contact us to let us know you are planning on attending.

The group may end early if attendance is low, so please arrive as close to 7:15 PM as you can and/or contact us to let us know you are coming late.

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Aug
2
7:15 PM19:15

Waterloo Welcome Wednesday

Are you new to Waterloo Region? Interested in finding out more about local LGBTQ organizations and events? Interested in volunteering for a local LGBTQ organization? Feel free to join our facilitator the first Wednesday of each month for a beverage and conversation!

Note that this group is a drop-in event open to all with no reservations being made. The number of people we can accommodate is dependent on the seating available. We would appreciate it if you could RSVP via the Queer Night Out Waterloo Region MeetUp group or, if you are not registered with MeetUp, contact us to let us know you are planning on attending.

The group may end early if attendance is low, so please arrive as close to 7:15 PM as you can and/or contact us to let us know you are coming late.

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Jul
5
7:15 PM19:15

Waterloo Welcome Wednesday

Are you new to Waterloo Region? Interested in finding out more about local LGBTQ organizations and events? Interested in volunteering for a local LGBTQ organization? Feel free to join our facilitator the first Wednesday of each month for a beverage and conversation!

Note that this group is a drop-in event open to all with no reservations being made. The number of people we can accommodate is dependent on the seating available. We would appreciate it if you could RSVP via the Queer Night Out Waterloo Region MeetUp group or, if you are not registered with MeetUp, contact us to let us know you are planning on attending.

The group may end early if attendance is low, so please arrive as close to 7:15 PM as you can and/or contact us to let us know you are coming late.

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Jun
7
7:15 PM19:15

Waterloo Welcome Wednesday

Are you new to Waterloo Region? Interested in finding out more about local LGBTQ organizations and events? Feel free to join our facilitator the first Wednesday of each month for a beverage and conversation!

Note that this group is a drop-in event open to all with no reservations being made. The number of people we can accommodate is dependent on the seating available. We would appreciate it if you could RSVP via the Queer Night Out Waterloo Region MeetUp group or, if you are not registered with MeetUp, contact us to let us know you are planning on attending.

The group may end early if attendance is low, so please arrive as close to 7:15 PM as you can and/or contact us to let us know you are coming late.

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Neighbourhood Strategy Focus Group - Rainbow Edition
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Neighbourhood Strategy Focus Group - Rainbow Edition

WNDG is happy to be partnering with the City of Waterloo to hold a focus group on their Neighbourhood Strategy for members of Waterloo's rainbow community!

From the City of Waterloo's Neighbourhood Strategy website:

"Strong, connected, and vibrant neighbourhoods are beneficial to individuals and the community as a whole. The City of Waterloo greatly values its neighbourhoods and wants to support residents in creating even stronger more vibrant neighbourhoods!  

We know the best neighbourhood initiatives are resident-led, but we also know that the city can play a role.  

We need your input to develop a neighbourhood strategy that will clarify the supports the city can provide to empower residents to create strong, connected and vibrant neighbourhoods."

Space is limited, so priority will be given to residents of the City of Waterloo. Please RSVP to Janet at neighbourhoods@waterloo.ca, being sure to indicate whether or not you are a Waterloo resident.

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May
18
7:15 PM19:15

Self-Defense and the LGBTQ Community

Dialogue groups provide an opportunity for participants to engage with members of the local community on specific issues of interest. Community members with specific expertise in the evening’s topic are invited to co-facilitate the discussion. This evening, we will be discussing "Self-Defense and the LGBTQ Community", facilitated by Sensei Joel Larose of Larose Karate.

We keep hearing that the world is getting safer for LGBT people. However, we continue to hear about incidents of gay bashing, bullying, suicide, etc. What if you could avoid, or at least mitigate those threats just by learning some self-defense techniques?

For this discussion, we will be discussing the various benefits of learning self-defense and martial arts for members of the LGBT community. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing as there may be an opportunity to learn some simple self-defense activities.

Sensei Joël Larose is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan karate, and is the owner and head instructor of Larose Karate. He has been pursuing his love for karate for many years, and teaching at other dojos since 2007, and opened Larose Karate in 2014.
Joël will give his perspective on being gay in the martial arts world, and being a martial artist in the gay world.

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Mar
30
7:15 PM19:15

Construction Zone: Identities at Work

Dialogue groups provide an opportunity for participants to engage with members of the local community on specific issues of interest. Community members with specific expertise in the evening’s topic are invited to co-facilitate the discussion. This evening, we will be discussing "Construction Zone: Identities at Work", facilitated by Harrison Oakes.

In Harrison's own words:

"We go through life with a good idea of what we are expected to be like. Boys should be tough; girls, gentle. We may not know why or even how we have these ideas, but we know they are there. As we grow up, we negotiate our identities in many ways, adopting and abandoning as we move along. But where do these identities come from? What informs them? Are we really in control of them? These are some questions that fascinate me and I love talking to people about them to further our collective understanding of how our identities shape - and are shaped by - the environments around us. I hope you'll join me in having this discussion."

Harrison is a PhD candidate in Social Psychology at the University of Waterloo. He is a passionate social justice advocate and dedicated to advancing knowledge about the diverse experiences of marginalization. Currently, he studies masculinity, the impact of social environments on perceptions of other people’s sexual identities, processes and consequences of assuming other groups’ identity, emotion processes and rejection sensitivity in social conflict, identity threats on prejudice and discrimination, societal shifts in ideology, and the role of perceived intent in making inferences about the people a speaker describes. When not researching, he’s either sleeping, drinking coffee with a friend, or thinking about all the work he should be doing but isn’t.

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Feb
17
7:15 PM19:15

Wednesday Night Dialogue Group | Common Relationship Foibles: How we get into them and how to get (mostly) out of them

Dialogue groups provide an opportunity for participants to engage with members of the local community on specific issues of interest. Community members with specific expertise in the evening’s topic are invited to co-facilitate the discussion. This evening, we will be discussing "Common Relationship Foibles: How we get into them and how to get (mostly) out of them", facilitated by Karen Grierson,

Karen Grierson is a CRPO-registered psychotherapist who switched careers after more than 20 years in Waterloo Region's High Tech community. She has been actively supporting non-traditional relationships (LGBTQ+, poly, kink) for as long as she can remember before finally re-educating and retraining to do so more officially. Karen is also a student of Buddhism, bringing a lot of mindfulness to the personal and relational work with her clients. For more information on Karen and her practice, visit www.kgrierson.com.

We hope you will join us for what should be an informative discussion.

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Dec
16
7:15 PM19:15

Rainbow Tour of the Kitchener Public Library (Main Branch)

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Dialogue groups provide an opportunity for participants to engage with members of the local community on specific issues of interest. Community members with specific expertise in the evening’s topic are invited to co-facilitate the discussion. This evening, we will be hosting a tour of the Kitchener Public Library’s Main Branch – with an LGBTQ focus!

Join Christine VanderHeide, a Librarian in Kitchener Public Library's Information Services department, for a tour of KPL's recently renovated Central location. Christine has been supporting the library's health collections and programs for more than 8 years. During the tour she will highlight the features of the beautifully renovated and expanded building, and discuss the innovative services, programs, and collections that the library has to offer.

Special Note Regarding Parking: There is plenty of parking around the library, including paid underground parking on-site. Free parking may be available next door at the Centre in the Square lot (after 6 PM).

To help us better estimate the number of people planning on attending, please comsider visiting our Facebook Event page to RSVP.


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Oct
21
7:15 PM19:15

Cancer Screening in the Rainbow Community

Dialogue groups provide an opportunity for participants to engage with members of the local community on specific issues of interest. Community members with specific expertise in the evening’s topic are invited to co-facilitate the discussion.

This month Arti Mehta, Coordinator for Get Screened: Promoting Cancer Screening in LGBTQ Communities will be leading a discussion on "Cancer Screening in the Rainbow Community".

Did you know that LGBTQ communities are less likely to get checked out for colon, breast/chest and cervical cancers but many of us have higher risk factors for some of these cancers? In this workshop, we will learn about how to get checked out for these three cancers, LGBTQ-specific risk factors, and other preventative tips. You can find out more about Get Screened at www.cancer.ca/getscreened.

Arti Mehta is the Coordinator for Get Screened: Promoting Cancer Screening in LGBTQ Communities, a program of the Canadian Cancer Society. Get Screened trains LGBTQ peer health ambassadors to speak to their friends and families about the importance of colon, breast/chest and cervical cancer screening to help detect cancer early when it is most treatable. Arti has been working in health promotion with LGBTQ communities for 12 years, and specializes in cancer screening and prevention in LGBTQ communities.

We hope that you can join us for this conversation.

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Sep
16
7:15 PM19:15

Wednesday Night Dialogue Group: Indigeneity, Ability, Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality: Doing Intersectionality to Create More Inclusive Rainbow Community

Dialogue groups provide an opportunity for participants to engage with members of the local community on specific issues of interest. Community members with specific expertise in the evening’s topic are invited to co-facilitate the discussion.

This month our discussion will be led by Ruth Cameron, Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area. Ruth will be facilitating a discussion on "Indigeneity, Ability, Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality: Doing Intersectionality to Create More Inclusive Rainbow Community".

LGBTQ2S people have histories of creating intentional community, intertwined with longstanding patterns of exclusion and erasure. Understanding and acknowledging intersectionality can be a useful tool as we go forward, attempting to create a rainbow community where we each feel welcomed to bring our whole selves!

Ruth Cameron is a graduate of McMaster University with a Master’s degree in Sociology with a focus in Race, Class and Gender Studies.  She is the Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA) and formerly worked at the Ontario AIDS Network as the Community-Based Research Facilitator. Ruth has worked with East Mississauga Community Heath Centre, The Well, and Rainbow Health Ontario on LGBTQ health promotion and service delivery. In addition to work in clinical, research and community-based settings, Ruth has past community development experience with the Strengthening Hamilton Community's Initiative (SHCI), the rape-crisis movement in Hamilton and Peel Region, settlement and housing. In 2014, Ruth and her partner established the Audre Lorde Scholarship for Black LGBTQ Youth in Hamilton, Ontario. She describes her approach to activism, paid and volunteer work as “doing intersectionality”.

We hope that you can join us for this very important conversation.

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