Colin encourages others to ‘break through the isolation’
Natalie Hamilton

Colin knows being gay and having a developmental disability can be isolating, and he’s hoping to help others in his shoes and meet new people at the same time.

In partnership with QMunity, B.C.’s Queer Resource Centre, Colin is running a social group in Vancouver for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people who have a developmental disability.

“It was something I came up with because I thought this would be an opportunity for people with disabilities who are gay to break through the isolation and get together and socialize.”

The Rainbow Discovery Group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1170 Bute St.

The 31-year-old began distributing flyers to community centres and agencies around the community in late December 2010. He’s hoping to generate more interest. Colin says he’d be “very happy and honoured” to have people give the group a chance to see if it meets their needs.

The purpose of the group is to provide a safe forum for people to discuss relationships, connect with their community, meet new people and have fun.

“I wanted to connect to this because I am gay and I have been this way for a long time,” Colin explains. “I feel isolated a lot.”

Personally, Colin hopes to meet new people and find a partner who makes him happy.

For more information about the Rainbow Discovery Group, e-mail volunteers(at) or call Anne-Marie at 604-684-5307.

For more information about QMunity, visit this link.

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