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.
QT Haus is a collective that organizes a monthly event run by a group of individuals belonging to the
local Windsor Pride community. As a collective our goals as event organizers is to provide a safe, sober,
inclusive, anti-oppressive, 13+ space from which members of our communities can come together and
showcase their creative work and talents as musicians, poets, artists and writers of varying degrees.
SHORE Centre is a pro-choice organization that supports a person's choices and decisions in all situations.We provide confidential pregnancy options support for anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy. We will discuss any options you like (in clinic abortion, abortion pill, adoption and parenting). We will support you in making your decision and can make any referrals which are necessary. We can also talk to people about birth control options and an STI diagnosis. We do free pregnancy testing.
The objective of this program is to bridge in settlement agencies’ response to 2SLGBTQ+ newcomers. The program will provide a safe space through a drop in program for 2SLGBTQ+ newcomers to receive responsive services and information regarding settlement with a 2SLGTBQ+ lens, strengthen social networks, and decrease isolation.
Queer Sphere is a committee under the Diversity & Equity Office that promotes the awareness, acceptance and social advocacy for Queer members on campus with the aim for students to meet and socialize with their peers, as well as to impact the university in a positive way. Regular events and meetings include discussions, games night, movie night and guest speakers.
Planned Parenthood Ottawa (PPO) is a not-for-profit organization that provides information for people in the Ottawa area about sexual health, bodies and relationships. Education, counselling, and referral services are provided on topics such as, STIs (sexually transmitted infections), birth control, and all three pregnancy options (parenting, adoption, and abortion). We strive to make our services confidential, free of judgment, and with a full understanding of options and choices that best suit you.
EQuIP is a student-run, education based, LGBTQ+ initiative at Queen's University. Some of our work includes holding weekly discussions on relevant topics/issues, organizing social and political events, and doing out-reach work (i.e. educational campaigns). Our physical location in the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC), room 342, also works as an inclusive space where folks can meet and get resources.
Black Queer Youth (BQY) is a weekly drop-in group where we celebrate Black queer and trans spectrum people’s experiences and accomplishments. It is a space dedicated to your creativity and desires. It is a safer space for you express your whole self.
-Explore what gender or (a)sexuality means to you.
-Connect to Afro-centric health and wellness supports.
-Share skills and talents with peers and group mentors.
-Find support to achieve your short and long term goals.
-Food and TTC tokens provided.
Express is a safer weekly community group where we honor your journey.
Build community with other youth from across the globe and find community resources to help you:
-rebuild your life in a new country;
-navigate your refugee claim process;
-discuss challenges about your connections with family, friends and community back home;
-find an income;
-make the most of OW (Ontario works);
-make the most of what money you have;
-budget for sending money back home;
-access safer housing;
-navigate the shelter system;
-talk about food health and wellness;
-get used to the weather;
-understand how school works in Canada;
-apply for study and work permits;
-find employment support;
-deal with culture shock and unmet expectations;
-celebrate your identities, cultures and histories; and
-connect to helpful people and services.
Food and TTC tokens provided.
Inside Out is a not-for-profit registered charity that exists to challenge attitudes and change lives through the promotion, production and exhibition of film made by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) people of all ages, races and abilities.
For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto's LGBTQ+ community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world, through our annual Festivals in Toronto and Ottawa, our filmmaker initiatives, our youth engagement and our year-round events and screenings.
The SOY Melanin Linx Project is a new initiative to SOY and was created out of the specific needs of our Black queer and trans youth. This project seeks to match LGBTQ youth with a Black, LGBTQ mentor to support youth with developing life skills, building resiliency and strengthening connection to their various communities.
This program is black identified LGBTQ+ mentors over 24 years old, and Mentees under 24 years old.