The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer (GLBTQ) community is often marginalized and at risk for harm and discrimination. However, there are limited opportunities to link individuals to services and support that exist in Calgary. Through focus groups, partnership collaborations, community engagements, and input from the HEAT Advisory Committee it was determined that an event showcasing GLBTQ services and supports would be of value and interest to the community. With all of this said we are now planning and developing the outline and activities for “We Are Diverse-City”.


“We Are Diverse-City” is an exciting event that will take place on Sunday November 24th, 2013 at the Arrata Opera Centre. The AIDS Calgary HEAT Program, in partnership with some Calgary GLBTQ groups, services, businesses and organizations will be hosting this two part full day event which includes a family friendly, all-ages, Resource and Information Fair during the day (11:00 am to 4:00 pm) and an adult (18 yrs.+) Sex Positive dance party, fashion show, drag numbers and other adult themed activities between (6:00pm and midnight) for the GLBTQ and allied communities.


The goals for this event are threefold. First, create a safe, welcoming environment for Calgary’s GLBTQ community, their families, friends and guests of all ages to learn, share and support each other. Second, create a space where Calgary GLBTQ and allies can have fun, dance, laugh and celebrate their diversity. Lastly, we want to recognize AIDS Calgary’s 30th anniversary of service to the Calgary GLBTQ community.


11:00 AM to 4:00 PM  -  Resource Fair (free admission for public) is designed to bring together GLBTQ inclusive community groups, professionals, resources and businesses to promote their services in a safe and supportive venue open to all ages. Workshops, film presentations, games and other fun activities will be included.

6:00PM to  Midnight – Dance Party (paid admission for public) will see the venue switch to an adult only event with DJ, dance floor, bar, entertainers, prizes and silent auction to name a few evening activities. For more information click here and for tickets click here

We invite all interested GLBTQ friendly and inclusive sponsors, donors and contributors along with GLBTQ groups, businesses and organizations to become involved in making this day a success and ask you to consider being a part of making “We Are Diverse-City” a truly unique event for all communities to take part in.



For more information on “We Are Diverse City” please contact: Mark Randall, HEAT Program Coordinator at (403) 508-2500 extension 129 or email heat@aidscalgary.org