Happy Pride in our hearts!

We know Pride is a protest, started by trans people of colour who were experiencing violence, exclusion, and oppression - at the hands of the police, and at the hands of communities they grew up in, and at the hands of systems that erased, overlooked, and caused harm. This year, to honour the work of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Vancouver - and other BLM chapters - YouthCO will not be participating in events hosted by the Vancouver Pride Society.

At YouthCO, we believe that Pride is celebrated in our hearts. Through this Pride season, it is our hope that those of us who are LGBTQ+ are celebrated for who we are, are heard in our protest of police in Pride, colonization, gender oppression, racism, and other forms of violence, and that all of us are bold in our assertion that Black Lives Matter. We invite you to take a look at the statements from other organizations, like Rainbow Refugee and Check Your Head, who have also reconsidered their participation in Vancouver Pride given the continued presence of police and border guards despite Black Lives Matter's work.

An 8-bit heart made with YouthCO's Pride condom packs!

This Pride season, we're participating in and supporting events led by community organizers and groups that recognize the explicit role of trans people of colour in founding and continuing Pride as a protest, and are creating spaces by and for QTBIMPOC to lead the way in protest and celebration. We hope you'll join us in celebrating Pride in our hearts while affirming that Black Lives Matter!

YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!