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  Our Lois on Global TV

Lois Szabo is the only surviving member of Calgary’s first underground gay club. It was March 1970 when Szabo, now 86 years young, and a group of friends were pioneering a path to the gay rights movement. They called it Club Carousel.

Click here for a link to the full report and video from Global TV.

Survey Results

Rainbow Elders Calgary was an important partner in a community-led project: Housing and Support Needs for Aging in the LGBTQ+ Community.

The study, published by the SHARP Foundation in partnership with MRU, suggests seniors across the city are worried about being an open member of the LGBTQ community if they have to move to a long-term care or assisted-living facility.

Click here for the results.


  Well, Look Who It Is!

Our Rowena and Donna were interviewed by the Calgary Herald

Here is an adapted copy of the article.

Inspiration, Stories and Tales to Tell
We invite you to submit your own stories and experiences.
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Alberta Health Services interviewed individuals - including our Rocky! - in Alberta's LGBTQ2S+ community.
Everett Klippert was a Calgary bus driver and was also the last Canadian to be jailed for homosexuality.
National Coming Out Day
This is a very powerful video.
Some of This and That
Sexual Terminology (pdf) |

  Wondering what it all means? Our info sheet Gender Identification might help. (pdf)

Community Organizations
Click to visit _ Calgary Outlink is a community based not for profit charity, dedicated to providing support, education, outreach, and referrals for the LGBTQ2S+ and allied community in Calgary. __ Click to visit _ Calgary Queer Arts Society, formerly known as Fairy Tales Presentation Society, is a nonprofit organization that exists to give voice to queer people and their stories.
Click to visit   The Centre for Sexuality (formerly named Calgary Sexual Health Centre) is a community-based organization that provides access to non-judgmental sexual and reproductive health services and supports across the life span.     Camp fYrefly - an educational, social, and personal learning journey for LGBTQ2S+ youth.
Click to visit   The Skipping Stone Foundation is a Calgary-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and empower trans and gender diverse youth and their families in the province of Alberta.        
Click to visit   The Calgary Men's Chorus is made of 40 guys who sing everything from Michael Jackson to Mozart under the direction of Malcolm Edwards. For nearly 25 years, the CMC has provided a fun, safe space where members of Calgary’s LGBTQ community can meet new friends and learn to sing.   Click to visit  

One Voice Chorus is a mixed-voice choir for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit singers and their allies.

Click to visit   Hillhurst United Church is an Affirming Ministry in Calgary, committed to being an inclusive community of faith.   Click to visit   Living Spirit United Church strives to be an open-minded, relevant and inclusive inter-generational faith community that welcomes all people regardless of age, gender, economics, status, ethnicity, beliefs, culture, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Click to visit   VOICES is a coalition of people of colour–both trans & cis, queer and straight–committed to advocating for racialized and marginalized communities in the City of Calgary.   Click to visit   The Calgary’s Rainbow Railroad Station assists refugees, persecuted in their home countries due to being LGBTQ+, to settle in Calgary after they have been assisted by the Rainbow Railroad, UNHCR, or the Canadian Government to flee unsafe countries. 
LGBTQ+ Senior Resources
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  Kerby Centre for the 55 Plus
Located in the heart of Calgary, Kerby Centre is a not-for-profit organization, committed to enhancing the lives of older adults.

2021 Issue of Seniors Directory of Services.
Very handy information for the 55 Plus.

Taking Action
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