LOVE LGBTQ2s Vancouver Island Community Response Network

The Living OUT and Visibly Engaged (LOVE) CRN was created to reach out and support the needs of 2SLGBTQI+ people living on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Community Directories are available for Alberni Valley, Campbell River, Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo District, Salt Spring Island, Victoria area, and some resources relevant to all of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Directories include any Vancouver Island and Gulf Island organizations or services that are: not for profit, ongoing, intended to serve adults (anyone age 18 or more), not a private business, not primarily a sex hook-up site, and directly mention including or welcoming sexual and gender diverse (2SLGBTQI+) people.  Find directories at

LOVE CRN’s current focus is to encourage and support organizations to become more inclusive and affirming of 2SLGBTQI+ people.  Phase 1 of the initiative has completed.  To access project background information and download the current version of the Workbook, Training Presentation and resources go toInclusive & Affirming Organizations – LOVE CRN.  LOVE CRN also offers valuable resources for incapacity planning.

LOVE CRN compiled a bibliography of research on the health and psychosocial aspects of aging as it affects the LGBTQ2S+ population.  The bibliography covers the years 2000-2020 and contains 1,300 citations. These resources are particularly relevant to 2SLGBTQI+ people in communities large and small across the province of British Columbia.  Find them at

Please visit to learn more information.

Communities Served:

  • 2SLGBTQI+ people on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

Horst Backé
Phone: (250) 619-6848

Regional Mentor:
Jennifer Lazenby

Community Contact List:
Community Contact List – LOVE Vancouver Island

This contact information will put you in touch with people who are able to give you more information about services in your area. They are typically available during business hours Monday to Friday. Should this be an emergency situation, please consider calling your local RCMP detachment or the Police authority for your area.

View the LOVE LGBTQ2s Vancouver Island Community Response Network Gallery