First Friday 6th October 2014

First Friday 6th October 2014

The Wolf And Hound from 5.30-8pm

Our Welcome Back First Friday event of the school year is on Friday, October 3rd at The Wolf and Hound, 3617 W Broadway at Alma St.  Join us for us for a drink and conversation to decompress after the crazy first week in school. Welcome new grad students and reconnect with friendly faces :>  Everyone is welcome (especially grad students and their equivalents in other faculties). Check out the event page on Facebook.

Location: The Wolf and Hound
Address: 3617  West Broadway (Between Dunbar and Alma) (99 bus from campus goes straight there!)

First Friday 4th April 2014

The Cove from 6-8pm

We will be hosting our monthly First Friday casual social for queer grad students and post docs this Friday at The Cove.  Come and join us for a drink or two and socialize with queer students and researchers from across the university.  If you haven’t checked us out before, it’s a great way to meet new people in a casual, non-intimidating environment.  Look for the rainbow flags, or call Alex at 604-354-0536 if you can’t find us.  Note: we are trying a new location because of over-crowding at our usual place.

Location: The Cove
Address: 3681 West 4th Avenue (@ Alma)
Date: Friday April 4th, 2014
Time: 6:00pm
Networking Event a Success!
Last month we hosted a networking event downtown in lieu of our regular First Friday event.  Queer students and researchers from UBC, Simon Fraser, and VCC mingled with professionals from the community.  Over 80 people attended, and many friendships and connections were forged.  We are looking forward to hosting more events like this one in the future.

Second Friday 14th March 2014 6pm

For our next event on Friday March 14th at Heaven’s Door (formerly the Jupiter lounge) on Davie street at 6pm, The Network would like to extend the invitation to the group and other students at UBC, SFU, Capilano, BCIT, Emily Carr, VCC etc. Also, we would like to invite any graduated professionals from any university, alumni and anyone else who could benefit from this to network with the graduate students at UBC. Everyone in the community is welcome including those who are new to Vancouver and would love to meet some great folks!

This event was a great success last year. These are informal gatherings that often draw attendance of up to 20-40 people. They are now fairly well established and advertised via our mailing list and through the graduate student society at UBC. We believe this is a good chance for interaction between those early and late in their careers. We currently draw students from a wide variety of backgrounds including, but not limited to, psychology, business, education, library science, engineering, computer science, physics, biology, ecology, gender studies, law, music and medicine. Please feel free to invite anyone you feel might be interested.

Location: Heaven’s Door 

Address: 1216 Bute Street, Vancouver

Date: Friday March 14, 2014

Time: 6:00pm


First Friday (Oct 4) Queer Grad Student Social @ The Wolf and Hound

Friday Oct. 4, 2013
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Wolf and Hound (3617 W. Broadway St. @ Alma)

Join us for our second pub night of the new school year this Friday at the Wolf and Hound. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow queer grad students, post-docs, and recent grads, or to reconnect with friendly faces! Everyone is welcome. Look for us at the back of the pub in the area with the sofas, with rainbow flags set out. Come out, bring your friends, and get your Friday night started off right!

First Friday queer grad student social – Friday September 6, 2013

[The Network] is hosting our first “Friday Friday” event of the new school year this Friday.  These events are held on the first Friday of each month at pubs around the city and offer an opportunity to meet your fellow queer grad students, post-docs and professional students.

Friday, September 6, 2013
6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Wolf and Hound
3617 W Broadway at Alma

There is always a good mix of new and returning students from all faculties.  It’s a great way to unwind from a tough first week. See you there!

Queer Grad Student Retreat on Bowen Island

The Network Steering Committee has organized an exciting and relaxing retreat for queer grad students, professional students and post-docs for the weekend of September 27-29, 2013. We will be going to Bowen Island (a short and scenic boat trip from Vancouver) full of natural beauty and amazing views.

The retreat will include fun activities such as:
a 2-hour guided sea kayaking trip (included in price)
a social reception with activities and prizes
an easy hike around the lake OR an optional mountain excursion
an evening around the campfire
tasty group meals, including a BBQ
time to hang out and get to know each other
Additionally, we’ll spend a little time planning where we would like this group to go in the coming year. The cost will include food, 2 drink tickets, lodging, all activities, and a chartered ferry to the island. Shared accommodations are in cozy cabins and yurts.

The retreat will be held at the Xenia Centre, a dynamic, gorgeous, and peaceful place featuring a sauna, a labyrinth, a giant old growth tree, and a friendly pig, among other charms.

Space is limited to 22 guests, which will include both current and new Network members. All LGBTQA grad students and allies are welcome. If you’ve never made it to a Network event before this is a great time to get to know a diverse group of fabulous and friendly folks.

The total cost for the 2-night, all inclusive retreat is $190 and the time to sign up is now! Space is limited. To reserve a spot, click here. Thanks to our sponsors, the Graduate Student Society and the Office of the Vice President [Students], for helping to subsidize the costs.

Of course feel free to contact us with any questions or for info on accessibility.


Bowne Island, Killarney Lake

Outweek – Board Games Night + Queer U

Outweek is just around the corner! Check out their Facebook page for a list of all the events happening at UBC from Feb 4-9, including a workshop by Our City of Colours, a storytelling workshop, HIV & STI rapid testing, and more. There are two events that might be of particular interest to grad students:

Outweek – Grad Student Board Games Night

Each February, UBC raises the Rainbow Flag in support of LGBQTTI students, faculty, and staff. Check our the Facebook event page here for a schedule of events organized by Pride UBC. [The Network] is hosting Board Games Night for grad students on Thursday, February 7th, 2013. We will have lots of games of various genres, from The Settlers of Catan to Scrabble to Taboo to Storming the Castle (the Princess Bride-themed board game…). Bring a few dollars if you want to share pizza. Friends and partners are welcome. Contact for the address!

Outweek – Queer U conference

A graduate student conference showcasing the research being done on gender(s) and sexuality(ies). Come support fellow grad students presenting their research, and/or learn more about what people are thinking right now on these topics… Bobby Noble is presenting as a keynote. See the website for a full schedule.

The conference is followed by a wine and cheese reception!

February First Friday + Queer U

Yay 2013! Join us at The Wolf and Hound on Friday, February 1 for our first get-together of the year. We will be there from 6-8 so don’t hesitate to drop by at any point, whether you’re a regular, you’ve never been, or you’ve just started grad school.

You can let us know that you’re coming by RSVPing on Facebook, or you can just show up. 🙂

The Wolf and Hound is located at 3617 West Broadway, between Dunbar and Alma.


Queer U is coming up!

The full schedule for the conference has just been released. Bobby Noble is giving what sounds like a very exciting keynote talk entitled “Edgy Bodies: Porn Pedagogies, Porn as Method.”

The conference is happening on Saturday, February 9, from 9 to 6, and is followed by a wine and cheese reception. It’s a great way to hear about the work that grad students are doing in the area of gender(s) and sexuality(ies) at UBC and beyond… We hope to see you there!

December newsletter

First Friday Social: Friday November 30th 6:00-8:00 p.m

December’s First Friday social will be held on Friday, November 30th at The Wolf and Hound.  Come join us for a drink and some food before we enter exam season!  If you have joined us in the past you know there will be good people and conversation.  If you’re new, why not come out and meet some new grad students from all areas of the university?  Yes, we know that this Friday is technically not the first Friday of December, but since many people are busy or away next month, we thought we would get a head start.  Look for the area with the rainbow flag, or call Alexis at 778-847-0773 if you have trouble finding us.
The Wolf and Hound
3617 W Broadway between Alma and Dunbar

Call for Papers – Queer U conference

As part of Outweek (Feb 4-9), Pride UBC is organizing Queer U, an annual graduate-level academic conference on sexualities and genders. The conference centers on bringing the research and work of graduate students and established scholars from across the West Coast of North America and beyond to a broad audience in an attempt to foster understanding and discussion.  The deadline to submit an abstract has been extended to December 5th.  Visit for more information.

A Christmas Carol in Gay Apparel – a play by the Leaping Thespians

The Leaping Thespians presents their parody of A Christmas Carol, with a lesbian twist!  The ghost of Marley is a college girlfriend who visits Crooge many years later. Marley admits to her own past homophobia and urges Crooge to come out. Her warning is followed by visits from the Ghosts of Lesbians Past, Present and Future.  One of The Network’s members is performing in (and helped write) the production, so show your support!

Location for November First Friday

See you at The Speakeasy downtown (on Davie between Bute and Jervis) for our next First Friday!

We will meet there on November 2 from 6-8pm.