WE STAND TOGETHER
The Red Deer Queer Community Association recognizes that the land on which we operate is located in the meeting place of Treaty 7 and Treaty 6 regions. This area is the traditional territory of the Niisitapi (Blackfoot), (including the Siksika, the Piikuni, and the Kainai Peoples), the Tsuut'ina, Stoney Nakoda, Cree, Saulteaux and Métis peoples.
The Red Deer Queer Community Association (RDQCA) is a recently formed organization that runs both the LGBTQIA+ Youth Pride and the LGBTQIA+ Red Deer adult group. RDQCA is headed by Rhys and Alex Pugatschew, along with their amazing Board of Directors.
Despite having only moved to Red Deer in 2017, Rhys and Alex quickly became a part of the local LGBTQIA+ community. Rhys and Alex formally took over coordination of the RDPL's Youth Pride program in December 2017, hosting monthly meetups at the downtown branch until November 2019. During that time, the two realized that there was also need for adult-oriented events, and so created the Adult Group in April 2019. They received full non-profit status in 2020.
One of the largest and best events they organized thus far, was the Queer Prom in June of 2019. It was a hit with the youth of Red Deer and RDQCA intends on making it an annual event.
Alex and Rhys chose to use the word “Queer” for RDQCA, fully aware of its history and the word’s tenuous use within the LGBTQIA+ community. However, they believe that in using a reclaimed word, the LGBTQIA+ community can also reclaim a place in this city that so many within the community believe has been lost to them.
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
- Oscar Wilde
Empowering LGBTQ2IA+ youth and adults through community-building and education initiatives to draw the community as a whole out of social marginalization, isolation, and discrimination.
To provide a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ2IA+ youth and adults
To build a foundation of community through the sustained development and implementation of events and initiatives.
To provide assistance to individuals within the community who are undergoing the legal name change process.
To increase general awareness among all categories of people on LGBTQ2IA+ health and related problems, with specific attention to youth.
To work with businesses and government bodies in implementing LGBTQ2IA+ inclusive practices within their own organizations.
To increase collaboration plans with other organizations, bodies or individuals whether municipal, provincial, or national but having advocacy strategies for a similar cause as laid in our constitution.
To provide a space for LGBTQ2IA+ youth and adults alike to be themselves.