Although Lethbridge is now officially the third largest’s city within Alberta, with over 100,000 in the city, and over 150,000 in the greater area, it is a rural community, rooted in the culture and atmosphere of a small town. And for that reason, it is often difficult to visibly see the queer organizations, groups, supports, and businesses within the city.
These queer organizations are by no means exhaustive, but will hopefully help queer individuals in terms of connecting to their community.
Theatre Outré is a professional theatre company based in Lethbridge, Alberta. Founded in 2012 by artistic director Jay Whitehead, Theatre Outré is a leading outlet for alternative queer theatre in Alberta and the producer of the hugely successful Quaint, Quirky, and Queer (previously Pretty Witty & Gay) Cabaret & Festival. It also operates its own venue in Lethbridge, Didi’s Playhouse (formerly Club Didi and Bordello).
OUTreach Southern Alberta Society
The OUTreach Southern Alberta Society responds to the needs of the local and the broader lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, and queer (LGBTTQ+) community of Lethbridge and the surrounding area by supplying resources, education and opportunities to foster self-determination, civic engagement and community participation.
Lethbridge Pride Fest
Lethbridge Pride Fest Society is a community based organization providing events for the acceptance and inclusion of our diverse community. We recognize and celebrate the history, the courage and the future of all Lethbridge and area’s sexual and gender minorities including: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two-Spirited, Queer, Questioning, Inter-sexed, pansexual, & Allied (LGBTTQQIA+) Individuals and communities.
Lethbridge Boys and Girls Club of Canada
The Boys and Girl’s Club of Canada, Lethbridge District provides a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships, and develop confidence and skills for life. They are queer-affirming and inclusive, with queer youth programming such as the group Queer Impact Club (QIC) that takes place every this Thursday of the month.
Lethbridge Community College Pride Room
Located on the main floor of the Andrews Building in the heart of the campus, the Pride Lounge is a dedicated space for members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies to meet and socialize. In addition to being a drop-in facility open to all students and employees, the Pride Lounge will also be a space to host events, training sessions and guest speakers to support the LGBTQ+ community.
University of Lethbridge Women’s Centre
The Campus Women’s Centre (CWC) is a resource and referral centre for women-identifying, trans, non-binary & genderqueer individuals. Through educational events, peer to peer counselling, volunteerism, activism, group discussions, and individual consulting, the CWC strives to improve the quality of life for everyone at the University of Lethbridge. Men are equally welcome and encouraged to use our resources, offer support, and participate in our event programs.
ULSU Pride Centre
The PRIDE Centre provides for persons on campus, regardless of their orientation, a positive platform to promote safety, personal growth, respect and pride for the queer community. We are a proactive group determined to end discrimination and create an inclusive environment for queer persons on campus through awareness, education, as well as social and political activity.
Taber Equality Alliance
The Taber Equality Alliance is a group set to create a safe space in our community for sexual and gender identity minorities and their allies. Focusing on a more welcoming and inclusive community through community engagement, partnerships, social groups and advocacy.
YQueerL is dedicated to creating positive change in Lethbridge and the surrounding area. Their goals are to represent and promote equality of the LGBTQ+ community, mobilize individuals to address and create positive change for the LGBTQ+ community, promote and build the capacity of the LGBTQ+ community, and support research that enhances the experience of the LGBTQ+ community of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta.
FemmeSpace is a queer collective directly aimed at creating a supportive, sober space for queer women, femmes, and anyone who is looking to meet and get to know other femmes in a low-key, calm environment.