SAEFTY Ottawa (Support And Education For Trans Youth Ottawa) is an independent organization created and run by and for trans and gender diverse youth. We aim to bridge the gap between trans and gender diverse people of all ages, by giving them the chance to connect in a space that is free from transphobia, homophobia, heterosexism, sexism, racism, ableism, islamophobia, colonialism, and other forms of oppression. Some events may intentionally centre on youth who are younger (eg. elementary school aged) or older (eg. high school aged and beyond), but all events are open to trans people of all ages. As a community organization, SAEFTY is committed to providing a safer space for all trans and gender diverse youth where they can meet and connect with each other in a non-medical environment. We aim to provide positive and relatable role models to trans kids and youth in a supportive space where they can be themselves.
The Youth Sexual Health Action Group (YSHAG) is a group of youth who strive to create safer spaces that foster an open dialogue about relationships and sexual health for diverse youth in Waterloo Region. We meet weekly to discuss how to improve youth specific resources, to work on closing the gap between the school board equity and inclusion policy and student experiences of inclusion, or lack thereof, in their education and to work on their own self-led projects.
If you are a person who identifies as a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in York Region or are seeking support for a friend or family member as an ally, here is what you can access through My House:
• Inclusive and safer spaces to gather together and build social networks
• Opportunities to organize and participate in recreational activities
• Information and resources about health and social services
• Lending library of queer literature and books
• Volunteering & leadership development opportunities
• Peer learning & wellness promotion groups
My House programs are peer-led and peer-directed.
2SLGBTQ+ community members including youth, older adults, and seniors can access both drop-in and facilitated groups through My House.
All programs and services through My House are free and confidential.
Youth Under the Rainbow is a Drop-in for rainbow youth ages 13 through 18. Hang out, bring friends, and make new ones in a casual, LGBTQ2S-friendly setting. Refreshments provided!
The group meets every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at SPECTRUM.
The Gay/Bi/MSM Men's Clinic is a sex positive & stigma free environment open to all men who have sex with other men, seeking clinical and health services including sexual health testing and treatment, physical exam, HRT, access to PrEP, vaccinations, one-on-one support, harm reduction and other health services.
York Rainbow Support: provides Individual, Couple and Family Counselling Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two Spirit, Queer & Questioning.
FSYR is proud host and lead agency for the York Rainbow Network and York Rainbow Information, Referral and Support Line 1-888-York-LGBT (1-888-967-5542). The York Rainbow Network was established through a Trillium Grant to reduce barriers and build capacity to serve the LGBTTQ Community. To book an appointment or for more information simply call one of our Intake Workers.
FSYR is also offering the following LGBTTQ Groups:
FREE to BE
Transgender Support/Drop in Group
For more information contact Barbara Urman at 1-866-415-9723 or 905-475-9717
ConnexOntario provides treatment service information, including contact information, for people experiencing problems with gambling, drugs, alcohol, and/or mental health. Our Information Referral Specialists will answer your call, email, or web chat 24/7 from anywhere in Ontario. Our referral service offers support, provides education, and is confidential.
ConnexOntario is reachable by phone at 1-866-531-2600
or by Chat at https://livechat.connexontario.ca/ECCChat/connex_chat.html
LGBTQ+ youth arts-based drop-in program for ages 12-18.
Free, physically accessible space, gender-neutral washrooms.
Every Friday from 7-10pm. Victoria Road Recreation Centre- Birch room (third floor)
LGBTQ+ related discussions, arts and recreational activities, workshops, community bonding.
Youthspace.ca is an online chat and text-based crisis and emotional support service for any youth under 30 across Canada! We offer non-judgmental listening and help connecting to resources.