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Spectrum February Newsletter

Drag-ify! with Sasha Tease and Manny Manilla is a monthly workshop series at Spectrum that explores the basic skills of drag, focusing most on makeup, costuming, and wig styling. The program is open to 2SLGTQIA+ adults aged 18+ who have an interest in drag!


Our first Drag-ify workshop will take place on February 13th at 6:30pm and will be focusing on Drag makeup. This workshop is open to anyone age 18+ in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community who has an interest in drag! Bring a mirror and your makeup kit (please reach out if you need advice on what makeup products to bring).


New Group!


Spectrum is pleased to launch a new monthly group for 2SLGBTQIA+ BIR (Black, Indigenous, and Racialized) folks in Waterloo Region! Join us for our first meeting on February 10th from 5-7pm at Spectrum. Our co-facilitators, Roni and Karla, will lead a discussion to let you know the goals of the group and we can talk about future plans, including what we'd like the group to be called. Plus, we'll have food!


No registration needed, just drop-in.


Survey about the needs of 2SLGBTQIA+ in our community!

If you haven't had a chance yet, please take the survey by clickig here (note the password is welcome2023)


This is a collaboration with Wilfrid Laurier University and ACCKWA to learn more about the needs of 2SLGBTQIA+ people in Waterloo Region!


The data we gather will help Spectrum and other organizations better understand the needs in our community and then advocate for funding to work to meet them!


Click here to check out the Rainbow Community Calendar where you'll find details on SPECTRUM’s groups and events. This is also your clearinghouse of 2SLGBTQIA+ events in Waterloo Region. 


*February 22, 2024 - Chosen Family Day


Volunteers Needed!


We are looking for volunteers to help us run our transgender and transmasc peer support groups!


We're also looking for volunteers to help with our board games night, day5games!


Finally, we'd like to start a new group for bi and pan folks and we are looking for volunteers to help with it!


Click here to check out our listings


On February 21st we're pleased to bring a FREE Rainbow Diversity Training 101 workshop to North Dumfries.


In this free community session, learn about basic key concepts and issues that effect the 2SLGBTQ+ people within our region and beyond.


If you know someone who could benefit from this training please spread the word!


Register here


Rainbow Family Drop-In


How Does Learning Happen? Through Play! Join other 2SLGBTQIA+ children (aged 0-6), caring adults and families in play and exploration together! EarlyON Educators and a Spectrum Registered Early Childhood Educator are available to provide support and information around early learning topics, community resources, programs, and referrals in a play-based environment.


Join us on the third Thursday of each month at 3:30pm at EarlyON | Roger Street.


For Children!

Our Families and Youth Under the Rainbow programs include storytime and craft programs for ages 4-10 in partnership with our local libraries! This month, we'll be at Waterloo Public Library's main branch, Idea Exchange in Hespeler, the Region of Waterloo Libraries in Baden and St Clements, Kitchener Public Library's Forest Heights branch, and more!


Find all the details on our website by clicking here.


And don't forget our free weekly arts programs for children aged 8-12 with Artshine!

Register here


Check out the new Queer Run Club! This is a 2SLGBTQIA+ running club that meets every Sunday. We run for approximately 45 minutes and break up into different paced groups (from hiking to running). The terrain is considered moderate in the winter, so please wear appropriate footwear and dress for the conditions. Dogs are welcome on leash. To see our route and details of the run, please join us on Strava. 


Questions: Contact troy@ourspectrum.com


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