Poverty is an LGBTQ issue

British Columbia has one of the highest poverty rate in Canada, but is one of the last provinces without a poverty reduction plan. Queer and trans people face a high level of poverty and marginalization, yet these communities have previously not been included in initiatives trying to address poverty. So we created a video (with an accompanying fact sheet) as a first step in making the issue visible, and will use these to educate and advocate with these communities.

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition is a member of The Canadian Coalition Against LGBTQ+ Poverty. You can learn more about that Coalition here.

Under the Rainbow is a short documentary (12 mins) that highlights the root causes of queer and trans poverty in British Columbia. Directed by Dave Shortt and produced by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition. It premiered at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival on August 20, 2014 and won the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award for best BC short film!

Check out a preview of the film below. If you’re interested in showing the film in your community, please email Viveca to make a booking.



Queer & Trans Poverty in BC fact sheet: This fact sheet documents the situation of queer and trans people in BC, offering vital statistics on the conditions they face, as well as making several recommendations that, if implemented, would help improve their lives.

Big win for queer and trans students in Vancouver! Trish highlights the long-term poverty impacts of school safety and inclusion in the successful campaign for the Vancouver School Board’s policy for queer and trans students.

Original research project information can be accessed here.