Queer and Connected provides peer-led programming for 2SLGBTQ+ youth to build community and healthy peer relationships, reduce social isolation, learn skills to manage stress, anxiety, and depression, discuss anything related to being 2SLGBTQ+ including coming out, transitioning etc., and to learn about harm reduction and safer sex practices. All programming is virtual until further notice.
There is also a 2 Spirit, Trans & Non-binary (2STNB) specific group.
We are the foster care agency for LGBTQ2S youth in Ontario, and the only one in Canada. We are Queer-owned and operated, and we believe in supporting the youth of our community. We have LGBTQ2S-positive foster homes in Windsor, and London. We connect our youth and their foster families to our network of LGBTQ2S positive and specialist supports and services, and we help you build strong and lasting connections in LGBTQ2S communities.
You have several options to access Five/Fourteen's enhanced supports for LGBTQ2 youth:
If you want to talk with us about being placed in one of our homes (in Windsor/London only) or accessing our enhanced services in your current foster home, you can talk with your CAS worker, or fill-in the self referral form on our website, and we can reach out to your CAS. After you submit the self referral form, you can expect to hear from us within two business days. If you don’t, feel free to contact Lou at 844 514 0514 x105 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your foster parents are LGBTQ2-positive but need or want help to better support you, ask them to contact us and become a Five/Fourteen foster home.
If you feel your foster home is not LGBTQ2-supportive, you can tell your CAS worker you want a placement with Five/Fourteen. This is for ANY youth in Ontario. If you feel your CAS is not supportive of your sexual orientation and/or gender identity, you can contact us directly through our self-referral form.
Caledon Pride is a youth-led, grassroots 2SLGBTQ+ advocacy group dedicated to creating an inclusive community for all in Caledon, Ontario. We work with local organizations to bring meaningful programming to the community during Pride Month, and to promote 2SLGBTQ+ advocacy year-round. Partnered with another youth-focused organization, Youth Activist Inc.
If you'd like to help plan pride month in Caledon, or want to hear more about Caledon Pride events, please contact us.
SPECTRUM is a community space for LGBTQ2+ people across Waterloo Region. We offer a variety of social and peer support programs for people of all ages. We also provide training on LGBTQ2+ issues to organizations of all kinds.
Since 1987, ACCKWA has provided HIV support and prevention services in the Waterloo Region. We provide support to people living with HIV, community development services, education and outreach to key populations, clinical services, and a needle-syringe program.
Glow is the oldest continually-running university-based LGBTQ+ group in Canada. Run entirely by dedicated student volunteers. Glow promotes a healthy attitude towards all sexual orientations and gender identities on the UWaterloo campus by providing a wide variety of peer support, social events, advocacy work, and resources.