Month: April 2008

Rhizome Cafe May Events

May at Rhizome Café * Community Space * Arts Venue  317 East Broadway, Vancouver Events Stand Up, Sing Out: Expressions of Resistance and Liberation Friday May 2nd, 7:30pm  Streams of Justice presents an evening of music and poetry on the theme of human solidarity, and […]

Tech Corner – Web Marketing Tips: What is RSS Syndication?

One of the newer technologies in the area of web publishing is the use of RSS or ‘Really Simple Syndication”.  An RSS ‘feed’ is like a mini database stored on your site, that provides a list of what information is on your site in a […]

Vancouver – Getting the Love You Want Weekend for LGBT Couples

For those looking for a spring tune-up for their relationship, I guess…. [editor]

Getting The Love You Want
A weekend workshop for LGBT couples Vancouver, BC
June 6-8 2008

The Facilitators
Maureen and Tamara have been friends and colleagues for more than 20 years. Between them they have more than 40 years of experience in relationship! Maureen (and her partner Lawrence) have been married for 18 years with one daughter. They went to their first Getting the Love You Want workshop in 1993.
Tamara (and her partner Sarah) have been together for 22 years and have two sons. They went to their first Getting the Love You Want workshop in 1996.
Tamara and Maureen became Imago therapists in 1996, part of the first Canadian training group. We went on to become Advanced Clinicians in 1999. Each of us has a private practice where we see individuals and couples. We also teach and provide consultations.

The fine printThe fee for the weekend is $750 per couple, including GST. Breakfast, coffee/tea and snacks will be provided. Each person will also receive a Getting the Love You Want manual.

Please complete the attached registration form [LGBT Couples Workshop ] and send it in with a $300 deposit. Balance is due on the Friday night. We will issue a receipt.

We will break for lunch each day about 12:30. You will have one and half hours for lunch but you will also have assignments to complete. Wear comfortable clothing. You will have homework on Saturday night.

Your privacy is important. We encourage you to participate to your comfort level but you are not required to speak in front of the group.

Our cancellation policy is as follows:
If you cancel 10 or more days prior to the workshop, you will be refunded your payment less $150. Cancellation of 9 days or less will result in the loss of the deposit. In situations where you need to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, we offer a one time opportunity to transfer your deposit to one of our future workshops within one year. The presenters are not responsible for prepaid, nonrefundable travel arrangements. If the presenters cancel the workshop, a full refund will be made.
Scholarship program: at least one spot in every workshop is available at a reduced cost to low income couples. Ask us for details.

“…the skills we learned are life changing. It has already made a difference in our relationship…”

Here’s a brochure with details and registration form: LGBT Couples Workshop

International Day Against Homophobia

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National Day Against Homophobia Awareness Breakfast

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Lesbian Politicians

Libby DaviesEllen Woodsworth


Ellen Woodsworth – Municipal, Vancouver City Council
Libby Davies – Federal Member of Parliament 

Kanako Otsuji


Kanako Otsuji – Elected Osaka Assembly member, National Diet candidate.

Barbara Jordan - Photograph by Tom O'Halloran, 1976 April 7, Courtesy of the Library of Congress


Barbara Jordan: Texas Senator. First African American to preside over a legislative body in the United States, Congresswoman.  Closeted for her entire life, her female partner of 20 years was acknowledged in her obituary as her ‘long time companion’.

Penny Wong


Penelope Ying-yen “Penny” Wong – Member of the Australian Senate –

More lesbian politicians:

Letter to the Editor – Help prevent anti-gay religious group from blocking teaching of tolerance in schools

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Vancouver – Women in the Round, On the Road

Women in the Round, On the Road Friday, April 11th, 8:00pm Kate Reid, Sarah MacDougall, and Joanna Chapman-Smith are heading out on a western Canada tour.  Come for an evening of rollicking folk music by three powerhouse musicians, and help send them off on their […]

Vancouver – Love Exiles Get-Together

Love Exiles Get-Together

Tuesday, April 29th, 7:00-9:00pm

Meet fellow bi-national “Love Exiles” in Vancouver at a completely informal, thoroughly unofficial get-together!

@ Rhizome Cafe

Café * Community Space * Arts Venue

Where we are: 317 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territory

For more information: 604-872-3166  

When we’re open:
Tuesdays:  4pm to 10pm
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11am to 10pm 
Fridays 11am to midnight 
Saturdays 10am to midnight (brunch from 10 to 3; kitchen closed 3-5)
Sundays 10am to 3pm (and often also from 4:30 to 7:00 when we have a Family Sunday event scheduled)

A note on our name:

In the botanical sense, a rhizome is a root system that some plants (like lilies and orchids and ginger and bamboo) use to spread themselves about.  While the roots of most plants point generally downward, the rhizome is a horizontal root system that runs parallel to the surface of the ground.  The plant sends shoots up from nodes in the rhizome, creating what look like many separate plants.  These seemingly unrelated individuals are actually all connected, through a system that’s not immediately visible to the eye.

Herstory Café: Margaret Mitchell

Herstory Café: Margaret Mitchell Wednesday, April 30th, 7:00pm Herstory Café presents Margaret Mitchell OBC, social activist and former NDP MP for Vancouver East (1979-1993). Mitchell talks about her new autobiography “No Laughing Matter, Adventures, Activism & Politics.”  She took on the hard issues including: violence against […]