June 2016

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What's New at Team Edmonton

Team Edmonton at Pride

The 2016 Edmonton Pride Parade is Saturday, June 4 at 11am starting at Whyte Ave and 108 St.

Team Edmonton will march with music and swag for the crowd. We invite all Team Edmonton participants, activity leaders, partners, friends, and family to join us!

We also have a booth throughout the day to spread the word about LGBTQ sports and recreational activities in Edmonton.

Pride Walk and Run 2016

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 10am
Where: Emily Murphy Park

Team Edmonton is happy to host a free BBQ as part of the Pride Walk and Run. Join us for a free meal, and while you're at it, sign up to walk or run!

The Edmonton Pride Run & Walk is an inclusive running and walking event that promotes and highlights the LGBTQ* community and its allies. It is a volunteer-run, non-profit event that raises funds is support of educational opportunities for LGBTQ* individuals.

For more information, visit pride.run 
Volunteer with us!

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Team Edmonton is run by volunteers, and we always welcome new people to help us promote LGBT sports and recreational activities.  

Volunteers can assist during particular events or can take advantage of other short-term and ongoing opportunities. 

We are currently seeking volunteers to spearhead new activities, take over for retired activity leaders (tennis, outdoor pursuits, ultimate frisbee), and to join the Team Edmonton Board.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or if you would like more information, please contact  volunteer@teamedmonton.ca 
Sports and Recreation Updates
Rainbow Road YEG

"Meet, challenge, duel, and/or pwn your fellow gamers and gaymers."

Rainbow Road YEG is a newly formed group dedicated to providing a social outlet for individuals, especially those in the LGBT+ community and their allies, and allowing fellow gamers, geek enthusiasts, fandom participants, etc. to make lasting connections with one another in a safe and relaxed environment. We intend to have monthly meetups, and we have online resources for staying in touch with our members.

Want to get involved or get more info? Contact us!

Facebook Page: Rainbow Road YEG
Twitter: @rainbowroadyeg
Instagram: @rainbowroadyeg
Email: rainbowroadyeg@gmail.com
On Hiatus

The following sports and activities are on summer hiatus. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Board Games
Boot Camp
Water Polo

Looking for something to do with your new-found free time? Try out a new summer activity!
Community Updates
Edmonton Pride Festival Society

The 36th annual Edmonton Pride Festival is just around the corner and we are doing things a little different this year to kick things off with a bang! Come join us for the " Kick-Off to Pride Presented by ATB Financial" on Friday, June 3 at the Radisson Hotel Edmonton South, Imperial Ballroom ( 4440 Gateway Boulevard). We start the night off with the Rainbow Art Gallery at 7PM, followed by the Pride Awards at 8PM with Mike Chalut, and then J-Roc will play live at the after-party at 9PM! There will be a $10 cover for anyone who arrives after 8PM. Oh, and don't forget to book a room at the Radisson, at the special Pride rate of just $109 a night!

Following the "Kick-Off to Pride" event, there are plenty of other things happening over the 10-day Festival, including: the Pride Parade on Whyte Avenue (June 4 @ 11AM); Pride in the Park in Strathcona Park ( June 4 @ 11AM-6PM), the Beverage Gardens at End of Steel Park (June 4 @ 11AM-9PM), Pride Picnic at Strathcona Community League (June 5 @ Noon-3PM), Laugh OUT Proud at Yuk Yuk's (June 9 @ 8.30PM-12AM), Queer Women & Trans Festival and March at Oliver Community League Hall (June 11 @ 1PM-6.30PM), Fruit Loop Pride at Latitude 53 (June 11 @ 8PM-2AM), and the Mayor's Pride Brunch at Shaw Conference Centre (Sunday, June 12 @ 11:00-12:30PM). Visit our calendar @ http://www.edmontonpride.ca/events.htmlorour Facebook page for more information on all of these and other events happening during Pride!

If you haven't already, make sure to pick up a free copy of our Pride Guide 2016! They are full of information about the Festival, including events, locations, vendors, and maps. The Pride Guides are available NOW at most downtown and Old Strathcona Second Cup and Starbucks locations, as well as various other area vendors, including Woody's, Blues on Whyte, VUE Weekly, Blush Lane Organic Market, the Pride Centre of Edmonton, 91.7 The Bounce, and several TD and ATB branches. You can also find a digital copy on our website or by clicking HERE!

Join us on Friday, June 3 from 5-9PM at Bonnie Doon Centre (82 Avenue & 83 Street) for their YEG Pride Fundraiser event, which will include a photo booth, Pride colouring mural, caricature artists, free food and swag, prizes, games, crafts, tattoos, the NextFest Art Walk, and even an attempt at one giant group selfie! Their goal is to raise $5,000+ for YEG Pride, so come show your support on June 3. For more information about this all-ages event, please visit the   Facebook page!

There is still time to purchase your Pride Pass, allowing you guaranteed and priority access into the licensed area at the Pride in the Park event in End of Steel Park on June 4 (11AM-9PM). The Pride Pass sells for $50 and also includes complimentary entry into the Kick-Off to Pride event at the Radisson Hotel Edmonton South on June 3 (7PM-12AM), as well as exclusive swag and promotions from various local businesses. You can purchase your Pride Pass NOW online at yeglive.ca.

And don't forget to download the official Edmonton Pride Festival app for the Android (iPhone coming soon)! It's the fastest and easiest way to guide your way through this year's festivities, with geo-localisation, push notifications, Parade entries, and schedules available. Click   HERE to check it out for yourself!
IGLA 2016 Hosted Dinners and Housing

The International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships is approaching quickly!

From August 8 to 14, athletes from all over the world will come to Edmonton to compete in lane swim, open-water swim, synchronized swimming, diving, and water polo.

The IGLA committee is seeking volunteers for hosted dinners and hosted housing.

Hosted Dinners

Team Edmonton is partnering with IGLA 2016 to showcase the hospitality of Edmonton's LGBTQ community. Hosted dinners are an IGLA tradition where athletes enjoy the company of local hosts for an evening of food, drink, and socializing. Volunteers will receive an honorarium to help cover the cost of food. The dinners are on Wednesday, August 10.

Hosted Housing

Have a spare room? Hosted Housing allows athletes to stay with locals to spare the cost of a week-long hotel stay. It's a great way to meet new people and help out our visiting athletes! Depending on where you live, athletes may also require assistance getting to and from Kinsmen pool.

If you are interested in volunteering for hosted dinners, hosted housing, or for any aspect of the event, please e-mail volunteer@igla2016.org or register as a volunteer while you find out more at www.igla2016.org
Sherry McKibben Mojito Golf Tournament

When: Friday, June 3
Where: Countryside Golf Club
            51466 Range Road 232, Sherwood Park 

Our goal is to raise $6,000 to support the Pride Centre of Edmonton, the Institute on Sexual Minority Studies and the Sherry McKibben Social Work Award at McEwan University.

Please join us on Friday, June 3 at The Countryside Golf Club for an amazing 10-hole fun round of golf, a superb steak dinner, prizes galore and a whole lot of fun - and help us provide safe, community- based programming for the LBGTTQ community and support for one social work student each year, easing the burden of tuition costs. To honor Sherry, wear your favorite hat!

For more information, and to register, download this registration/sponsorship form (PDF). 
Sports and Recreational Activities
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Abs - Progressive Core Stability

Fundamentals: Thursdays, 6 - 7pm
Advanced: Thursdays, 7:15 - 8:15pm  
at Parkallen Community League Hall, 6510-111 St.

Drop-in: $15
Month: $50
Four month: $200

Do you or anyone you know have back pain, hip pain, knee pain, or shoulder pain? Want a solid core to build balance and stability in your training? This is the class for you.

The focus is on building the core in a progressive manner with targeted exercises to increase strength, endurance, and reduce risk of injury.

Join anytime--it's progressive so you start where you are, not where the program is at any given time.    

For more information, please contact Barb Turner ("Barbster") at abs@teamedmonton.ca, or visit 3Tsystem.ca.

All Bodies Swim

All bodies swim is ready to make a splash!

Next Swim:  Saturday, June 25, 4:30 - 5:30pm 
The ALL BODIES SWIM is organized specifically  for anyone who feels uncomfortable in a bathing suit at a public pool. This includes people who are trans*, gender variant, fat, scarred, fur, tattooed, mobility aids, queer, or any other variation that doesn't fit into social expectations. The goal is to be able to go swimming in a welcoming and positive environment, change in the rooms they feel comfortable in, and wear what they want to wear, without feeling scrutinized, judged, excluded, or insulted. 

The space will be kept safe in a variety of ways. Volunteers will be posted at the doors in case anyone wanders in unaware of what the event is about. Although all are welcome, we want to ensure that everyone who attends is tolerant. We will work with the facility to block off the pool's windows from outside view, ensure pool staff and lifeguards are trained to understand the needs of participants, and community information and resources will be available.

We just want to provide a really positive opportunity for anyone who's interested in exploring space where there's a lot less shame and (body) policing. The concept and rules will be simple: what you're wearing in the water must be clean and cover your junk (aka your favourite term for your nether region...). Anyone can be topless.  This is an event where you can wear what you're comfortable in! And EVERYONE will be welcome to attend as long as they're respectful. Here, there will be no such thing as a "normal" body.

So thank you Team Edmonton and APIRG for helping to get this important initiative off the ground!  
For more information, visit www.pridecentreofedmonton.org 
Edmonton Vocal Minority

There are no auditions and you don't have to be queer, or a fabulous singer, to join. If you can carry a tune, you can make the cut! EVM provides expert vocal training, while at the same time offering a safe and accepting environment that encourages having fun and getting to know a great bunch of friendly people. 

For more information, please visit www.evmchoir.com  or e-mail choir@teamedmonton.ca.

Cycling is back for the season! Join us Wednesdays at 6:30pm, meeting at the east side of the Legislature pool.

We explore a multitude of trails throughout the Edmonton and the river valley. All the trails we ride follow paved or gravel trails. Some riders take the single track trails that parallel the main trails.

Rides are typically around 90 minutes long. All abilities welcome. We have a lot of fun and you'll see parts of the city you may have never known about.

Please have a bike helmet and a bell for when you come along. After the ride the group usually hits up a local establishment for refreshments.

For more information, please contact cycling@teamedmonton.ca  

Dodgeball is a great way to meet new people, stay active and even take out your aggressions while hurling a large round object at friends and (tempor ary) strangers!  
When: Sundays, 5-7pm 
Where: the Royal Alexandra Hospital gymnasium, located on the west side in the Community Services Centre.
Parking is available, though they are mostly paid lots ($8 for two hours), bring water, wear whatever you're comfortable in (knee pads if you're going all out). Dodgeball itself is free of charge. Hope to see you there, come out and give it a try. Great people and great fun!

If you have any questions please let us know at dodgeball@teamedmonton.ca.
Dragon Boat

The 2016 dragon boat season is in full swing.

We're currently recruiting paddlers for this, the 20th anniversary of the Edmonton dragon boat season.

It's a great way to try a new sport, meet great new people, have some laughs and enjoy the beautiful river valley.

If you're interested in joining us, please email  dragonboat@teamedmonton.ca.
Floor Hockey

Floor hockey continues into spring! We have registered a co-ed team with ESSC, and we play Monday nights at the Edmonton Sports Dome, 10104-32 Ave.

Cost is $95 per player. Subs pay $10 drop in.

We're also taking part in the upcoming Play On 4-on-4 Street Hockey tournament on June 4-5. We might have some room for more players; get in touch if you'd like to join us!

Please contact Aseef at floorhockey@teamedmonton.ca if you would like to play.
Mindfulness Meditation

Free drop-in mindfulness meditation session are the third Thursdays of every month at 5:30 pm at the Pride Centre of Edmonton, 10608-105 ave.

The next meditation session will be Thursday, June 16.

The sessions are around 45 minutes. Please bring a yoga mat/small pillow if you have one.

Mindfulness meditation helps you to be present and non-judgmental in the moment. The idea of mindfulness meditation is that it goes beyond the mat on the floor and into all areas of your life. The focus in the sessions is awareness on purpose while learning how to be in this moment, non-judgmentally. Non-judgment really comes into play is when participants encounter unexpected results and reactions to mindfulness meditation.

For more information, please contact meditation@teamedmonton.ca
snow running

We meet Sundays at 10:00 am inside the main entrance of  Kinsmen Sports Centre.

We currently meet at Emily Murphy Park.

Runs are 7km, followed by coffee.

For more information, please contact  running@teamedmonton.ca    

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 - 8pm
Where: Argyll Velodrome, 6840-88 St.

We are a south Edmonton area rugby club with a Senior Women's team, a strong U17/U19 Junior Girls team and encouraging the development of children players both male and female.  We are a diverse team with varying abilities, from ages 15 to 50, from beginners to players with more than 15 years rugby experience.  The Rockers are always looking for new players to share in their love of rugby! We are Queer and Trans inclusive and friendly :)    

Registration is now live and can be done online at the Rugby Canada Registration PortalRegistration fees for senior players are $350 or $300 for students (please use the contact page on the webpage to get your student discount code). Payment arrangements are possible for a portion of the fees.

For more information, please contact rockersrugby@teamedmonton.ca.
Spin - Rainbow Riders

Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 8:00pm at Blitz Conditioning,   10575-115 St.
Rainbow Riders will be a beat-dropping sweat session that takes indoor cycling to a whole new level!

Spend 55 minutes spinning to your favorite tunes while getting a full body workout (push-ups on the bike included).

GLBTQ+friends inclusive. $10 per class or $150 for 15 classes. 
For more information, join the Facebook event, or contact Erika at spin@teamedmonton.ca 
Tae Kwon Do

These one hour, adult classes are a great way to improve your health in a fun and supportive environment!
Where: Martial Arts 360, near the Royal Gardens Community Centre, 4030 - 117 Street 

Taekwondo Classes: Please contact for specific times 

Visit us on   Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/MartialArts360) for the latest information, fun videos, and words of encouragement.

For more information, and to schedule an introductory class, please contact Ms.
Duong at taekwondo@teamedmonton.ca.   

Wednesdays, 7:30pm to 9:00pm
at Lion's Breath Yoga
#301,  10534-124 Street, JE Place

The only openly gay-owned yoga studio in Edmonton and voted 1st runner-up for best yoga studio in Vue Weekly's "Best of Edmonton" 2014 issue!
Edmonton LGBT Events
Fruit Loop

Fruit   Loop  is an Edmonton based LGBTQ event where our fellow  Fruits  - a diverse community of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transfolk, queers, two spirited, straights, allies, cherries and berries - can mix, mingle and have fun.  

Fruit   Loop  is designed to be more than just a typical night at the gay bar. We will be working with GLBTQ groups at each event to give something back to the community.

Like our Facebook Page for photos and updates!

When is Fruit Loop?

Saturday, June 11 

Where is Fruit Loop?

Shoctor Lobby, Citadel Theatre 9828-101A ave 

How do I Fruit Loop?

Invite the most fruitiest, fabulous and fun people you know, connect with other members of the community, and 'get in the  loop '.

Who is Fruit Loop?

We are a grassroots collective of creative individuals who are donating our time, talents, resources and energy. We are not affiliated with any one organization, business or venue. You can do your part by showing up and sharing the news about  Fruit   Loop .
IGLA 2016 in Edmonton

Congratulations to the Making Waves Swim Club for winning the bid to host the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) Championships!

August 8-14, 2016, athletes from all over the world will come to Edmonton to compete in lane swim, open-water swim, synchronized swimming, diving, and water polo.

Making Waves is working hard to organize the competition and the exciting week of parties and events that goes with it!

Registration is now open for events and volunteer positions! Find out more on at igla2016.org.

As always, Making Waves invites new swimmers of all abilities to join, and they are working to build a water polo team in time to compete in 2016.
Edmonton LGBT Community Services
HIV Edmonton

Edmonton, AB  T5G 0B1  
(780) 488-5742        
HIV Edmonton supports people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, primarily in the Edmonton metropolitan area. 
For more information and volunteering opportunities:
The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose

The Imperial Sovereign of the Court of the Wild Rose is a registered non-profit society that hosts events to raise funds for organizations and charities that support the LGBT community.

If you are interested in performing or volunteering at any of the shows, let us know! All shows are open but may have limited space due to the nature of the show and the venue. Contact the E&Es for more details regarding times, locations, etc.  
For more information on their many fabulous events, or to volunteer, please visit our website at   www.iscwr.ca.
Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS)
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Our institute is expanding and evolving and this is a chance fo r our community members to find out more information about specific volunteer roles, learn about our growing number of programs and research initiatives, as well as meet our staff!

Join or  Facebook event, and please ensure that you email Melissa at mfabrizi@ualberta.ca to RSVP and save your spot. We will be providing snacks, so please indicate if you have any dietary restrictions.

The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS), which is housed in the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, employs a uniquely holistic model that brings to bear all of the strengths of research, teaching, advocacy, policy-making, and community outreach to develop programs to protect and meet the needs of sexual and gender minority (SMGV) youth and young adults. These programs, supports, and services include:
  • Camp fYrefly - Canada's largest national leadership retreat for SMGV youth
  • Youth Intervention and Outreach Worker Program - providing professional supports and services for SMGV youth, families, and community agencies in the Edmonton region
  • Educational workshops on SMGV issues for campus, professional, and community groups
  • Support for gay-straight student alliances in local schools
  • Safe Spaces Initiative at the UofA
  • The annual Michael Phair Leadership Award for undergraduate students; and
  • Inside/OUT Speakers' Series   
To learn more about the work of iSMSS, please visit us at: 
T: #UofASafeSpaces
MacEwan Diversity Project

The MacEwan Diversity Project aims to bring visibility and resources to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, queer, questioning, (LGBTTQ) and allied communities. With a growing LGBTTQ student body at Grant MacEwan University we strive to educate MacEwan students, staff, and faculty about the community.     
Outreach - University of Alberta

University of Alberta's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender/transsexual, Queer, Questioning and Straight-but-not-Narrow student group.

Pride Centre of Edmonton

Located in central Edmonton (10608 105 Ave), the Pride Centre of Edmonton provides resources, support and programming for the GLBTTIQ    (Gay, Lesbian,  Bisexual, Transgendered, Transsexual, Intersex & Questioning) community and its supporters in Edmonton, AB and surrounding areas.
Business Hours Monday-Thursday: noon to 7pm  
Friday: noon to 9pm 

  Drop in Hours 
  Monday and Wednesday: 4pm to 7pm
  Friday: 6pm to 9pm  

Closed Saturday and Sunday
Contact info: 780-488-3234 or  
Our services include: Drop-In Centre, Regular Monthly Programming, Free Community Access Computers, Information and Resources, Library Collection and Space for Community Groups
Queer Lens: The Pride Centre's Public Education Program
Every Wednesday from 7:00 - 8:30pm
This program is free and open to everyone.
Physical Accessibility at the Pride Centre: The Pride Centre is wheelchair accessible through the back door. Parking is free beside the back door. The door is usually locked, however, so visitors may want to phone in advance so that the door can be unlocked. All doorways are wide enough for a wheelchair. All furniture is movable. All washrooms are gender neutral. The main washroom is physically accessible with handrails, and wide doors.

Public Transportation Routes: Bus routes 7, 8, 15 and 112 pass by the Pride Centre. 
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Womonspace provides opportunities for lesbians to interact and support each other in a safe environment, and to contribute to the broader community. Womanspace was established in 1981 by a small group of women who identified a need in the Edmonton lesbian community for women's social events, held in a safe and positive environment. After many months of planning the first dance was held in September 1981. Since that time Womonspace has grown through volunteerism to hold six dances each year and organize many other social events.    
For more information and volunteering opportunities, please visit www.womonspace.org , email  wssecretary@hotmail.com or wsactivities@hotmail.com
About Us
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M ailing Address:  
Team Edmonton
PO Box 2012, Station Main
Edmonton, AB
T5J 2P4 
Team Edmonton is a volunteer-operated, non-profit society serving primarily members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered communities but open to friends and supporters of LGBT community.  The primary focus of Team Edmonton  is to provide our membership and supporters with access to well organized and fun sporting  events and other recreational activities that allow them to participate and interact in a positive social framework.

Team Edmonton would like to acknowledge and thank the support from the City of Edmonton through the Community Investment Operating Grant.
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