WE ARE DEDICATED TO CREATING POSITIVE CHANGES IN OUR COMMUNITY
The objects of the Society shall be as follows:
- To represent and promote equality of the LGBTQ+ community of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta.
- To mobilize individuals to address and create positive change for the LGBTQ+ community.
- To promote and build the capacity of the LGBTQ+ community within Lethbridge and Alberta.
- To support research that enhances the experience of the LGBTQ+ community of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta.
The primary way that YQueerL addresses topics is through its caucus/standing committee structure. A caucus can quickly and easily be created through a motion of YQueerL’s Board of Directors. Guided by the Board of Directors, a caucus is formed around a particular topic or concern (e.g. YQueerL Caucus: Sports & Recreation). A standing committee is, for the most part, is a caucus, lead by a Chair. All Chairs of standing committee automatically gain a seat within the Board of Directors, increasing the capacity and diversity of YQueerL.
~~Addressing the Unaddressed~~
YQueerL’s work focuses on the unmet needs of the LGBTQ+ community of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta; whether that is organizing sports & recreation to advocating for political action, YQueerL can mobilize to address any topic. Working to not duplicate services, YQueerL works to grow a robust and dynamic LGBTQ+ community.
~~Creating a Caucus~~
Creating a caucus is an easy, 4-step process.
STEP 1: Develop Terms of Reference (the central task/topic that the group will address), and appoint a Chief Officer.
STEP 2: Review of Terms of Reference.
STEP 3: Pass Official Motion
STEP 4: Welcome the Chief Officer as a member of the Board of Directors (In the case of a Standing Committee)
~~Succession from the Society~~
YQueerL endeavors to grow the capacity of Lethbridge’s and Southern Alberta’s LGBTQ+ community, not just the clout of the organization. In upholding this stance, the Society has adopted Article 9 – Succession from the Society. This article allows a standing committee to expand and continue its work beyond the scope of the Society, to secede from YQueerL and blossom into its own Society.
The YQueerL Logo
Some examples of possible flags are:
Top (Left to Right): Asexual, Genderqueer, Bisexual, Non-binary.
Bottom (Left to Right): Genderfluid, Trans, Aromantic, Rainbow.
All organizations have a central event that caused it to be created, for the YQueerL Society for Change it was the frustrated question “but where do I go?” With this question in mind the Society branded itself with a compass. The compass, traditionally an instrument containing a pointer showing north, used to find bearings. Altered to remove directional signifiers, recognizing that LGBTQ+ people are not bound to follow a prescribed direction, that our compasses may have a different True North setting. Our compasses are about navigating the complexities in our lives, gender, sexuality, are but one piece of this complexity. Most commonly inlaid with the rainbow pride flag, the symbol of YQueerL can appear with a background of any flag of the LGBTQ+ community, allowing for the flexibility of the Society to be represented within its primary symbol. Through the Society’s symbol, when the question of where do I go is uttered, our compass will always lead to the answer of “here.”
Meet The YQueerL Board Members.
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