Vancouver Gay Community Centre (VGCC)
Organization profile published 1981
Publisher: Vancouver Gay Community Centre (VGCC), Vancouver, Canada
Year Published: 1981
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2191
Abstract: The Vancouver Gay Community Centre (VGCC) describes its purpose as that of accomplishing "a united gay community by building a center where all groups, organizations and services can be housed to service the needs of 'all gays'". VGCC maintains that services for gay people have been fragmented (or else non-existent) in the past; consequently it is difficult to ascertain who and what size the gay community is. "Gay men and women have differing needs and goals, but also problems in common and much to learn from each other".
VGCC is striving to provide a flexible range of services and functions. The center plans to supplement basic services (such as counseling, legal information, medical information, medical information and crisis intervention) with meeting rooms and facilities for coming out groups, sexuality workshops, film nights, religious groups, gay alcoholics anonymous, gay youth, gay seniors, gay parents, etc. membership in VGCC currently stands at 385 people (membership $5/year).
Much of the Center's energy is currently being directed to fundraising, finding a permanent physical space and publishing its monthly newsletter - VGCC NEWS.
This newsletter contains updates on and information about various gay and lesbian groups in Vancouver. It also contains a community services section, an 'open forum' and a monthly calendar of events. A feature article in the January, 1981 issue is entitled "Religion"; the author reflects the way in which religion has been, for many gay people, a repressive and guilt-producing 'trip'. This repression threatens to become particularly acute with the rise of the New Right; aspects of the New Right religion include racism and misogyny in order that we may begin coming together with women and minority groups and they must begin dealing with their homophobia".
This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1981.