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Here are some frequently asked questions about our organization. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at

Why do you use the word "Queer?" Isn't that derogatory?

The Red Deer Queer Community Association made a deliberate choice to incorporate the term “Queer” in our name, fully cognizant of its complex history and the varied opinions within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. We strongly believe that by reclaiming this word, we can also reclaim a sense of belonging and identity that may have been stripped away from many of the members of our community.

Why do you use "2SLGBTQIA+" instead of a different acronym?

There are various acronyms used to refer to the queer community, but RDQCA has chosen to use 2SLGBTQIA+ to honour the Two Spirit peoples. These individuals were the first sexual and gender minorities of Turtle Island, and acknowledging them fosters solidarity and promotes RDQCA's mission of reconciliation with the First Nations communities whose ancestral lands we operate and live on.

Do you host events?

Yes, we do! RDQCA hosts monthly events and annual Pride celebrations in June! These events are open to all members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, as well as our allies. To ensure everyone feels comfortable and safe, we kindly ask that all attendees adhere to our Event/Anti-Harassment Policy.

Are you the same as Central Alberta Pride or TaNAS?

No, we are not; these two organizations were established prior to RDQCA. While we’re not affiliated with CAPS (Central Alberta Pride) or TaNAS (Trans and Non-Binary Aid Society), we’re always glad to collaborate with them on different projects and activities. It’s important to note that each organization has their unique focus on supporting the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Central Alberta.

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