Feelin’ the Summer Heat!, by Wash Silk

Summer can be a great time to relax and enjoy life.  There are movies to see and Pokémon to catch.  There are also lots of fun Rainbow things to do over the summer to get your daily dose of LGBTQ+ positivity!

Here is my top ten list of LGBTQ+ Positive Summer Fun Ideas for LGBTQ+ Youth, Young Adults and Families to do in our community!

  1. Did you know this Wednesday July 27th, the Kitchener Public Library and Rainbow Reels are showing a FREE amazing film called Oriented. It is about three Palestinian friends exploring their national, sexual and cultural identities in Tel Aviv. They form a non-violent group called Qambuta to represent gender equality. Following the film will be a 30 minute discussion. Want to know more? Click here.
  2. You can subscribe to SPECTRUM’s weekly mail out to find out what kind of cool things they have going on! You can subscribe to SPECTRUM by visiting their website here! They have lots of amazing things, for example this week alone.
  • QueerCraft, Tuesdays, 6-8 PM at SPECTRUM 2016-7-26, free.
  • Rainbow Newcomers, 4th Wednesday of the month, 7-9 PM at SPECTRUM, 2016-7-27, free.
  • SPECTRUM Reading Circle, 4th Thursday of the month, 6:30-8 PM at SPECTRUM, 2016-7-28, free.
  • day5games, Fridays, 7-11 PM at SPECTRUM, 2016-7-29, free.
  • Saturday Symposium, open discussion group, Saturdays, 2-5 PM at SPECTRUM, 2016-7-30, free
  • Outdoor Recreation Group (ORG), Sundays, this week, ‘Lite’, 2- 4 PM, St. Jacobs, Meet in the picnic area of the sportsfield at the Parkside Drive cul-de-sac, accessible by foot along the staircase, from King Street, north bank of the Conestogo River, at Eby, in St. Jacobs, 2016-7-31, free.
  • AIDS Awareness Drop-In, 4th Thursday of the month, 5-8 PM at SPECTRUM, 2016-7-28, free.Transgender Peer Support Group, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 7-9 PM at Self-Help- Alliance Kitchener, 2016-7-28, free.

3. Do you like stand up comedy? I love it! Tonight (July 26th) starting at 7:00pm at Symposium Cafe in Waterloo, Good Laugh Trans and Allies Night Out is happening. Check here for more If you miss it tonight, no worries it will be likely be happening again the last Tuesday of the month.

4. Do you like acting and dancing?! There is still time to join the first local LGBTQ+ camp for ages 12-17 through Modus Vivendi. You can email Issac for more information:

5. Are you a parent with a young gender independent or trans child? A community member has created a group called Trans Fams for kids and family members in the KW area. They meet once a month and do cool activities, like swimming, laser tag and picnics. You can email to get more information on when the next meeting is happening.

6. If you feel like you want to adventure into Toronto here are two neat events for you to check out. The 519 in Toronto has a new series of Queer & Trans Youth Arts Programs (ages 6-15). More information.

7. Queer and Trans Family Event: Carnival Saturday August 13, 2016 10:30 – 1:30 PM The 519 Church Street in Toronto Details on Facebook.

8. Get your Read On! Our local SPECTRUM and KPL both have great books featuring LGBTQ+ characters and stories.

For kids K-16 I recommend checking out King and King.  The local KPL has a couple of copies. It is about a young prince who is encouraged by his mother to marry. He is not thrilled with any of the princesses he meets. One day he becomes very excited when a princess is escorted to the castle by her brother, a prince.

For Young Adults, in the KPL Teen Fiction Section you can find a great book, Lizard Radio. Set in the future a young gender non-confirming teen on the cusp of adulthood has some big choices to make that will change their life or maybe even the world.

For Parents, check out Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son (Random House, September 2013).  The first parenting memoir to chronicle the journey of raising a gender nonconforming child, the book is based on the blog of the same name.

9. Nothing good on Netflix? Check out these two cute miniseries!

Out With Dad – Award Winning Wining Series about a single Dad raising a lesbian daughter. Trust me it’s awesome and super cute!  PG

Good Freaky – Young Adults talk about dating mishaps in the LGBTQ+ community, PG-13. Lots of the filming was done locally and is the product of our local talent and previous Public Educator, Melissa Sky.

10. Last but not least do not forget that our OK2BME youth group still meets throughout the summer every other Tuesday!! You can visit our calendar to find out what awesome things we are doing!
*Please note that these are all community events and OK2BME is not running or responsible for the events or content.