Edmonton Queer Youth Club

History

In 2019, with funding from the Edmonton Arts Heritage Foundation, Allison Tunis, a local artist and fat activist brought the Queer Youth Art Club to ASPECC. With the success of this group ASPECC started hosting a number of other groups including Dungeons and Dragons, Pizza and Movie nights and much more. In addition support groups for both youth and parents are offered. The program has now grown into the Edmonton Queer Youth Club!

In January 2021, due to financial restraints created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ASPECC moved out of it’s physical space and has suspended youth programming until a new space has been located.

Who Are We

The Edmonton Queen Youth Club (YegQYC) is located in Edmonton, Alberta, ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan) (Beaver Hill House) providing a Safe(r) space for LGBTQIA2S+ Youth to feel welcome, included and empowered to be themselves without fear or shame. YegQYC offers Drop-in, Queer Art Club, a wide variety of groups for a range of interests and support for both youth and parents.

The Edmonton Queer Youth Club (YegQYC) is a program run by the Alberta Sex Positive Education & Community Centre (ASPECC).

Mission:

To provide the opportunity for youth, ages 14-24, to be empowered to be whoever they are free from shame or fear and develop strong leadership skills to help them achieve strength and independence!

Vision:

Our vision is to have a youth-led resource that has chapters all over Alberta.

Values:

  • INCLUSIVE – We have created a safe(r) space where LGBTQIA2S+ youth are free and welcome to to express themselves free from shame or fear.
  • ADVOCACY – We promote growth in community through LGBTQIA2S+ training, resources, that help to create more awareness.
  • EMPOWERMENT – We believe in providing youth with the tools they need to be at the forefront of change. Youth are nurtured and empowered the next generation of strong LGBTQIA2S+ leaders.
  • ANTI-OPPRESSION – We believe in each individuals right to freely embody their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. To preserve our Safe(r) space we operate from an anti-oppression framework.

Safe(r) Space

The Edmonton Queer Youth Club spaces are SAFE(R) SPACES, meaning we have zero tolerance for discrimination, prejudicial behaviour, bullying, harassment or any other disruptive or negative behaviours. We have strict rules against any hateful speech or actions. Those who cannot abide by these rules will be unable to stay in the space. The Safe(r) Space Title above this paragraph can be clicked on to download our Safe(r) Space Guidelines.

​To be VERY clear:

At the Edmonton Queer Youth Club we not only welcome persons of all sexualities, races, body types, genders, abilities, religions and cultures (and any other label you might wonder about), we will uphold the right of all members to be treated with dignity, respect and decency.

Anyone who wishes to demonstrate aggressive or hateful behaviours will removed from the premises. Our staff is trained to handle all complaints regarding aggression and discrimination. PLEASE, if you have any problems with any staff or attendee, notify us at your earliest convenience.