The Regional Warm Line is a peer-run pre-crisis phone line. Peer support workers receive training in line with the mental health commission of Canada's guidelines, but more importantly, they learn to use their own experience to support our callers through whatever challenges or concerns they are facing.
We host bilingual discussion/support groups and social events in Eastern Ontario. Meetings are open to all, regardless of age, sexual orientation or gender identity. Parents, friends and spouses of LGBTQ persons are also welcome.
A colour deep creates opportunities among queer, trans south asians to connect with each other and share stories/experiences through:
- this website (blog posts, event listings, resources)
- social media (facebook page, twitter and a private facebook group)
- events (hangouts and hosted events)
TG Innerselves offers one on one and group support for trans and non-binary people and family members. We run weekly trans social support groups, and a biweekly group for parents, family members, and loved ones. Our direct client service support is available by phone or online for people who are unable to meet with us on site. We offer education services including workshops, presentations, and staff training to organizations, schools, and businesses that are looking to create safer and affirming spaces for trans and non-binary people. Our catchment area expands from Muskoka to James Bay, and from the Quebec border to White River.
Black CAP is an organization that works to reduce HIV/AIDS in Toronto’s Black, African and Caribbean communities and enhance the quality of life of Black people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS is spreading quickly in Toronto’s Black communities and we believe that our work is more important than ever.
The Youth Beyond Barriers (YBB) Program provides confidential services for youth who identify within 2SLGBTQ+ communities. The YBB Program provides group support, individual counselling, and consultations and trainings to the larger community.
Groups: The YBB group brings together 2SLGBTQ+ youth to share their experiences and talk about issues that matter to them. The group offers support and education on a range of relevant issues and topics. Topics covered include current events related to queer and trans communities, relationships, and embodiment of sexualities and genders. It is an open group that operates year round. There are currently 2 active groups running: one in Mississauga and one in Brampton.
Counselling: Individual counselling allows youth to explore their identities and lived experiences, and uncover ways of moving, operating, and thinking that are helpful in their lives. The counselling component is community-based and utilizes a strengths-based, client centred approach. Additionally, support can be provided for parents/caregivers of youth involved in the program
Trainings/Workshops: The Youth Beyond Barriers Program provides a series of educational trainings and helps organize and support community events that raise awareness around queer and trans issues. Through the workshops, participants can expect to start thinking about how sexual orientation and gender identity interact with other parts of identity, to explore their own roles in oppressive systems, and think about how to create Anti-Racist, 2SLGBTQ+ affirming spaces. These workshops are designed as interactive, youth-focused, and are developed from a strength-based perspective.
Silver Spire is an Affirming Church in the Niagara Region. The Affirm United designation indicates that a faith community has worked to prove that its congregation is actively working for inclusion of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life and work of the church. Silver Spire has changed their mission statement to reflect this. They participate in Pride in the Park. They have hosted sharing circles and study groups to highlight issues of need within the LGBTQ+ community. They have planned to provide ongoing opportunities through events and workshops for learning and action to serve all people equally in the church and community.
The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) intersectionally promotes diversity in gender identity, gender expression, and romantic and/or sexual orientation in all its forms on a national level through services in the areas of arts, heritage, history, education, health, and advocacy. Our resources and programming can be used to uplift gender and sexual minorities, as well as give the tools to wider populations in building allyship.
As a leader in anti-discrimination work, CCGSD runs programming all over Canada and the United States. Because of our hundreds of volunteers, we are able to reach over 250,000 people annually. We are also a proud leader in the International Day of Pink (DayOfPink.org), engaging millions of people in wearing pink and to run programs that stand up to bullying. We encourage you to find out more about CCGSD & the International Day of Pink, and get involved in making your community a safer and more diverse place.
This year we will host 94 day-long queer & trans youth forums, over 3000 workshops in schools and community and host the Canadian GSA Youth Leadership Forum. We are the home of Canada’s 2SLGBTQIA+ Service Providers Network, the Canadian Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Program, Ontario’s Sport Inclusion project, the International Day of Pink, and we are building North America’s first 2SLGBTQIA+ Museum.