Our LGBTQ+ youth drop-in programs are a safer space for LGBTQ+ youth can come together and hang out. We have workshops, games nights, guest speakers and more! All our drop-ins are free and three hours in length. Please see the drop-in schedule below.
Youth are all asked to sign in with their name and an emergency contact when they arrive. There is always snacks and often meals provided. We begin drop-ins with a check-in circle. We always review our safer spaces agreement, go through any announcements and then chill or do an activity the rest of the evening.
Open Closet is a social support group for LGBT2Q+ (lesbian, gay, bi, trans, 2-spirit, queer) youth between 14 and 18 years of age. The group started in early 2002 and has served more than 1,100 youth since its inception. OC is open to youth from each of the six counties RHAC serves - Perth, Huron, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford.
The group includes discussions related to coming out, queer identities, LGBT2Q+ histories, survival strategies, safer sex and healthy relationships. We also bring in guest speakers, do arts-based activities, and provide information about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), harm reduction, and community services/resources according to participants’ individual needs.
PFLAG Canada Durham Region supports all persons within our reach with their journeys through gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. We seek to provide education and resources to the greater Durham community to help encourage inclusion, diversity and equity.
We are the only direct LGBTQ support service provider in the Durham Region.
Pieces to Pathways (P2P) is a peer-led initiative offering Canada’s only substance use support program for LGBTTQQ2SIA youth.
All of our staff are queer and/or trans-identified and have their own experiences of substance use and recovery.
Our program is open to all LGBTTQQ2SIA youth ages 16-29 who are concerned about their substance use, or are interested in exploring their relationship to substances.
The Prevention Engagement Action and Knowledge (PEAK) Project is an initiative of Planned Parenthood Toronto that aims to educate and inform youth about HIV/AIDS through interactive activities. Our volunteers are trained to facilitate activities and workshops that engage participants in conversations about HIV, prevention, and stigma. Workshops are for youth, by youth and are and are facilitated by our youth volunteers.
-A program for young people living with and affected by HIV led by young people living with HIV. Our goal is to help you obtain a happier, healthier life where you're engaged and active with your peers and community.
-We also offer the Poz Allies program which is an 8-week educational-based support group for HIV negative people who are friends, family, partners, front line workers, or allies of the HIV community.
Project Youth AFFIRM seeks to integrate identity affirmation with cognitive-behavioural interventions that are already known to work. This combined intervention is presented in the form of eight sessions targeted at LGBTTQQ2SA* youth and geared towards reducing risky sexual behaviour and depression.
AFFIRM is a eight module, manualized intervention. It is focused on reducing depression and improving coping and sexual self-efficacy for LGBTTQQ2SA* youth by providing them opportunities to develop identity cognition (self-awareness, identifying risk), mood (recognizing the link between thoughts and feelings), and behaviour (identifying strengths and ways of coping), as well as equipping them with the tools to manage and influence those factors by themselves.
-Pregnancy Options Counselling
-Abortion pill clinic
-Sexual Health education workshops and programs
-Newcomer sexual health programs
-Sexual health programs for youth and adults with developmental disabilities
-LGBTQ youth program on sexual health and healthy relationships called Just4Me