|Cross Street |||97 St NW|
|Office: Mon-Fri: 1PM-7PM Community Drop in: 4PM–10PM|
Profile Last Updated: January 09, 2009
The Pride Centre of Edmonton (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton) is a non-profit group run by a small staff and volunteers and provides referrals and support for people in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, as well as their friends and families. The organization also supplies education services to these groups, as well as a safe meeting place for members of the community. The centre also develops and implements charitable programs and services that benefit the community.
A Safe Space
A safe street for a member of the general population may not feel safe to members of the LGBTQ community. On a good day, you might just get awkward looks from passers-by or hear some college kids refer to how “gay” something is. On an average day, you might hear an insulting comment or catch some really dirty looks. A bad day can be downright dangerous. That’s why the Pride Centre of Edmonton is so important for the community. During the community drop in hours, people can come in, use the internet, watch some television or read in the resource library and find resource information regarding the LGBTQ community. They also have a coffee bar and chairs, if you want to just kick back and reflect.
At the Pride Centre of Edmonton, they have support and social groups that meet on several nights throughout the week. On Fridays, there are women’s discussion groups at 7 p.m. On Saturdays, they have a LGBTQ Alcoholics Anonymous. On Thursdays, they have an anonymous meeting for members of the LGBTQ that are addicted to cocaine. On Sundays, they offer a men’s discussion group and on Saturdays, they have a two-hour, youth group called Understanding Youth that starts at 7 p.m. Youth drop in is Tuesday to Sunday, from three until seven. If you’re under 25, they offer help with résumé building.