Over 35 years ago, the gay lesbian business association of bc printed its first directory. Over time, weve grown into a more diverse organization, creating opportunities for professionals and entrepreneurs within the lgbtq community to network, learn and grow both professionally and personally. We unite the lgbtq business community to be stronger, louder, together. Ca helps you find gay & lesbian organizations business listings in british columbia, and lets you know how to contact or visit. Information, education, support groups, advocacy and referrals for lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and questioning youth, adults and older adults and allies. Toll-free in bc or in the lower mainland. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (lgbt) related organizations and conferences range from social and support groups to organizations that are political in nature. Some groups are independent, while others are officially recognized advocacy groups within mainstream religious organizations. For groups whose primary purpose is campaigning for the legal rights of lgbt people, please see list of. Fvgala (british columbia, surrey to hope) note an informal social group with potlucks, dinners, hikes, and other group activities in southwestern british columbia. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (lgbt) rights in canada are some of the most advanced in the americas and in the world. Same-sex sexual activity has been lawful in canada since june 27, 1969, when the criminal law amendment act (also known as bill c-150) came into force upon royal assent. Canada is considered the most gay-friendly country in the world, being ranked first in the gay. Press gang publishers (vancouver, british columbia) note publishers of feminist and lesbian. The publishing triangle (new york) note the association of lesbians and gay men in publishing purpose. Rebecca alpert, lesbian professor in the departments of religion and womens studies at temple university lionel blue, the first british rabbi publicly to come out as gay wrote godly and gay (1981) deborah brin, one of the first openly gay rabbis and one of the first hundred women rabbis denise eger, first female and the first openly gay president of the board of rabbis of southern.