Sum Of Us

In today’s current cultural climate it can be SO hard to love yourself. We hear the messages ‘you’re too fat’, ‘you’re too old’, ‘you’re not masculine enough’, ‘you’re not feminine enough’, ‘you’re not good enough just the way you are’, sprinkled frequently across social media platforms and embedded into the fabric of our society.


We ALL feel the pressure of conforming to society’s lofty, and un–inclusive pressure at times, but studies have shown that the LGBTQ+ community and marginalized folx feel this looming presence more than others; especially in forms of prejudice, isolation, and discrimination. In part, this leads to the inevitable: higher rates of poor mental health, and substance abuse.


The only solution comes in the form of the pervasive question: How do we help each other?


Others have written that in order to overcome obstacles of acceptance, we first need to love ourselves, which can be overwhelming, daunting, and abstract. Where does one even start on this strenuous journey to self-acceptance?


Instead, we find solace and encouragement in the ability to take small, but meaningful steps towards the right direction. Instead, we ask our readers to focus on one thing a day that you LIKE about yourself and build the courage to reach out to external resources specially built for the larger LGBTQ+ community.


Sum of Us has worked in association with Babes on Babes during Vancouver Pride to create a resource package for LGBTQ+ folx.


QMUNITY: free & reduced-cost health and wellness counseling for individuals, couples, relationships, and families. All of our counsellors are members of the LGBTQ2S+ communities. Located on Bute Street in Vancouver’s West End.

www.qmunity.ca 604-684-5307


PFLAG Canada: Information and support for parents, families, friends, co-workers and others who need guidance on how to become better allies.



Mental Matters: Vancouver-based support group for LGBT people with mental health issues. The group meets on the first and third Monday of each month. mentalmatters@yahoo.ca

What’s on Queer BC: Provides sports, recreation, art, and other options to be with your queer community. https://whatsonqueerbc.com/lgbtq-links


Health Initiative for Men: HIM involves and engages gay men to improve foundations of their physical, sexual, social and mental health. http://checkhimout.ca/


Preece & Associates Psychological Consulting, Ltd: Dr. Melady Preece is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience working with transgender youth, adults, and their families. http://www.drmeladypreece.com/


Take Care BC: Gives connections to gender-affirming health care and services. Toll-free: 1(866) 999 1514 Email: transcarebc@phsa.ca


Trans Lifeline: Crisis hotline for transgender people, offering counselling from transgender volunteers. http://www.translifeline.org/ Toll-free: (1-877) 330-6366


We noticed the lack of awareness within our communities and wanted to create a space where compassion, mental health, self-acceptance and overall wellness is a top priority.


This is how Sum of Us was born. We are the very FIRST wellness festival for womxn, trans, and non-binary folx. We aim to show that authenticity overpowers perfection, and that our community is stronger together. We are fun, sexy, cool, imperfect, and committed to growing every day to better ourselves and the world.


May 15-17, 2020 Waterford, California

IG: SumOfUsFest www.SumOfUsFest.com


You can pick up a resource guide this Sunday at Babes on Babes//PRIDE Sunday//ft. TT The Artist