LGBT YouthLine's referral database is for in-person and/or location-based organizations, collectives, and resources for 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Ontario.
Type in your address in Your Location and click "Go" to filter the search results to referrals that serve your region.
Open Closet is a drop-in social support group for 2SLGBTQ+ 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 and histories, survival strategies, safer sex and healthy relationships. We also bring in guest speakers, do arts-based activities, and provide information about sexual health, harm reduction and referrals to relevant community services and supports on an as-needed basis.
BeanBagChat offers free, safe, and engaging support from a professional counsellor. It is an online front door to connect to mental health resources, peer support and professional counselling.
Through the BeanBagChat app, participants can connect with an Access Counsellor Navigator from Stella's Place and receive confidential, anonymous support through text messages.
THIS RESOURCE IS NOT 2SLGBTQ+ SPECIFIC
Planned Parenthood Ottawa (PPO) is a pro-choice nonprofit supporting our community’s sexual and reproductive health through education, counselling, and referral services. We envisions a community where accurate sexual and reproductive health support and services are comprehensive, accessible, and delivered equitably.
Options Line support
Community members are able to reach us through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Options Line at 613-226-3234 ext. 101 from 12pm-4pm, Monday to Friday to receive sexual and reproductive health information, time sensitive community referrals (incl. for abortion), emotional support (incl. immediate counseling if necessary, trauma-informed safety planning, crisis de-escalation etc.), and schedule Options counselling.
Planned Parenthood Ottawa offers free, confidential, evidence informed counseling grounded in respect for personal autonomy through support that is trauma-informed, client-centred, anti-oppressive, and based on informed consent. Community members are given a space to talk about their pregnancy options (parenting, adoption, abortion etc.), how to navigate an STI diagnosis and safer sex practices with a partner/s, contraception choices, pregnancy loss, hormone replacement therapy, and can receive post-abortion support (incl through an in-person peer-support group).
We offer free pregnancy tests (urine/ discreet strip tests), prenatal vitamins, safer sex supplies (condoms, dental dams, lube etc.), and sexual and reproductive health related pamphlets/ educational materials to community members and organizations.
Kiosk & Workshops
Our team also offers event kiosking and sexual and reproductive health related workshops for community organizations, universities, primary schools etc. Visit out website (https://ppottawa.ca/) for more information on our workshops and to book with our staff!
Réseau ACCESS Network is a non-profit, community-based charitable organization, committed to promoting wellness, harm and risk reduction and education. Réseau ACCESS Network supports individuals and serves the whole community, in a comprehensive / holistic approach to HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Harm Reduction and related health issues
Pieces to Pathways (P2P) is a peer-led initiative offering Canada’s only substance use support program for LGBTTQQ2SIA youth (ages 16-29).
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. Our mission is to provide seamless, comprehensive and effective harm reduction services and a full range of addictions treatment services that are amenable to an individual’s needs and goals. We have always operated on a non abstinence or ‘harm reduction’ approach, which forms the philosophical basis for all our work, in reducing harm and enhancing the health of our clients.
A clinic with a NP and social worker to provide service to the transgender community. We can help with counselling, navigating resources, name and sex designation change forms, medical transition, and surgical referrals.
Pathways to Education is a community base program that supports youth living in the Rideau Heights and Inner Harbour neighbourhoods of Kingston to graduate from high school and move on to post-secondary education, vocational training or meaningful employment. We offer opportunities to low-income youth to become engaged in their learning and become leaders in their communities.
The program focuses on helping high school youth through tutoring, mentoring, financial support, and advocacy.
The Pathways to Education program offers:
• Academic tutoring sessions in all subjects
• Mentoring activities including field trips, campus tours, YMCA memberships, training and skill-building opportunities
• Financial incentives such as school lunch vouchers and No Frills grocery cards
• Post-secondary scholarships for $500 for each year enrolled in the program
up to $2000 after four years
• Assistance with career exploration and planning post-secondary options for all students
Maltby provides community-based mental health and autism services to children and youth in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A).
We provide counselling and resource support for kids, youth and families around any issue and we have dedicated supports for LGBTQ+ folks, including individual or family counselling.
*walk in locations
*virtual and phone sessions
*counselling and therapy
*parent education and capacity building
*translation services for languages other than English or French
Youth 12 and up can access services without guardian consent.
THIS IS A GENDERED SPACE
Hassle Free Clinic is a community-based clinic providing medical and counselling services in all areas of sexual health. It is the largest anonymous HIV test site in Canada, and is one of the country’s busiest sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinics. The clinic strives to maintain an informal atmosphere, delivering services in a timely, non-bureaucratic manner. A fundamental principle of service delivery is a non-judgemental, supportive attitude to the treatment of sexual health concerns. The women/trans clinic provides birth control, pregnancy testing, abortion referrals, STI and HIV testing and counselling and other services related to sexual and reproductive health.
Friends of Ruby is a drop-in and counselling centre located in Toronto's Corktown. We provide meals, activities, support groups and community for vulnerable LGBTQI2S youth 16-29. We also offer no-cost, low-barrier, one-on-one counselling, as well as support with gender identity or transition, and help accessing housing, health care and employment.
IRQR provides guidance about the resettlement process and helps individuals to plan and anticipate the challenges ahead. Members of IRQR who have come from similar situations guide applicants through the process. This support is vital to the physical and mental well being of the refugee applicants and helps ensure better integration and a greater chance of success in their new life. We helping Iranian and Afghan LGBT refugees who are in Canada and provide support to ALL queer refugees who are in Turkey.
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto is a membership-based, charitable organization located in the heart of downtown Toronto in a beautifully renovated heritage building. NCCT offers a wide range of programs and services based on Indigenous cultural traditions and teachings. All are welcome.
-Youth Dropin-Recreation/Culture/Employment and Training/Education
-Mino Maaziwin-Harm reduction
-Homes for Good- Housing followup worker
Creating 2SLGBTQ+ Events for our queer community and allies in the Grey-Bruce Simcoe Region
Managing the only comprehensive calendar for all local queer events (including local PFLAG meetings, etc). Downloadable Google Calendar Available.
Website's "Local Supports" page has supports for 2SLGBTQ+ Community categorized by:
-mental wellness and crisis supports
-physical health supports for specialized 2SLGBTQ+ issues
The project supports Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQQIAP+ folxs though connection and community activities in the Friendship Centre that support overall well-being.
Provides support for anyone that identifies or is questioning as gender/sexually diverse. Can also facilitate family or relationship circles and other activities and events to support community.
We plan Pride in Dryden, ON, we also plan to create an online/print resources database for community members.
We do a lot of partnering in the community to support 2SLGBTQIA+ people in our small town.
We also support the local High School's GSA: RADish
Toby's Place is a 2SLGBTQ+ drop-in centre for youth ages 13-23* located in South Scarborough. We are an anti-oppressive space who's mission is to reduce social isolation among 2SLGBTQ+ youth. We provide free workshops, dinner, activities, and peer counselling. We also provide practical supports such as a food bank, clothing boutique, and shower facilities. We have a resource hub onsite and provide referrals when needed.
The 519 is committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ2S communities. A City of Toronto agency with an innovative model of Service, Space and Leadership, we strive to make a real difference in people’s lives, while working to promote inclusion, understanding and respect.
THIS SERVICE IS NON-QUEER, TRANS & LGBTQ SPECIFIC
Our 408-HELP (4357) line provides telephone support to individuals in the community who are at risk and their most vulnerable. Highly-trained volunteer responders (with the support of professional staff) connect with callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our team provides callers with emotional support and crisis intervention when they are socially isolated, marginalized, struggling with chronic mental health problems, in distress, attempting to navigate family violence or in need of emergency response or suicide prevention + intervention + postvention.
Our 408-HELP (4357) line provides:
Emotional support service for those with chronic mental health problems
Support & crisis intervention services for those currently experiencing distress or crisis
Family violence response
Suicide prevention services
Emergency intervention and response
Canadian Suicide Prevention Service
- PHONE AND TEXT SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN CRISIS AND/OR SUICIDAL
The Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) is a national, dedicated crisis and suicide phone and text service. Live Phone and Text is a safe, confidential, one-on-one conversation with a highly-trained empathic responder. The CSPS Text services is available to anyone and is a good option if you're not comfortable using the phone. Our text service allows you to take your time to process what you want to say, work through how you are feeling, and communicate with privacy in a way that is comfortable for you or where others cannot overhear you.
Our responders are available to support you regarding all issues related to crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. We are here to help! Our service is confidential and the name you offer can be an alias.
HOW TO CONNECT VIA TEXT AND PHONE
Text is available from your mobile phone from 4:00 pm to 12 midnight daily and is accessed by dialing 45645. You will need to complete a pre-chat survey and agree to terms and conditions of service and a responder will be available to you. Please remember to complete the post-text survey as well. In addition to our text service, you can always call our Toll Free 24-hour crisis and/or suicide phone lines. We are here to listen to your feelings and concerns and support you. CALL TOLL-FREE 1.833.456.4566
Primary Health Care, Gender Affirming Shared Care, System
Navigation and programming for the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
To find out more about programs and services available at NorWest
Community Health Centre, and in the community contact 807-626-7856.
Gender Journeys Adult Group is a free 8-session group for adult
trans-gender and questioning people (18 years and older). This
group explores gender identity and expression and will provide
reliable, up to date information on these topics. The group is
designed to create a space to foster community support and
connection. Pre-register at (807)346-1000 ext. 3214
Gender Journey Alumni: Sundays 12-3pm for those who have
completed the Gender Journey Program.
Transgender Peer Support: Every other Tuesday, 6-8 pm at NorWest.
No age limit.
Visit www.norwestchc.org for more information and to see the
calendar of groups
THIS SERVICE IS NON-QUEER, TRANS & LGBTQ SPECIFIC. Call the line for more info on 2SLGBTQ+ inclusivity.
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.
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton's Youth Wellness Centre is an accessible, friendly space for young people age 17 to 25 to receive the best possible care for mental health and addiction issues. We offer confidential clinical care for:
-Youth who are experiencing emerging mental health and addictions concerns
-Youth who are already receiving child and adolescent mental health services delivered by our community partners, and will need additional support to transition into adult services
-Youth who are students of Mohawk, McMaster, or Redeemer and/or who are facing significant barriers to accessing care
In partnership with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC), the Creating Gender Diverse Communities project supports Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ people by increasing access to supports and activities through the Friendship Centre in support of overall well-being. Offering support and services to Indigenous 2SLGBTQ+ people of all ages in region, our program provides cultural, social, and supportive programming and activities. We also provide one-on-one peer support with the Gender Diverse Indigenous Mentor.
NOT A 2SLGBTQ+ SPECIFIC RESOURCE
Access Line staff & volunteers are available to answer sexual & reproductive health (SRH) questions, provide pregnancy options counselling & post-abortion counselling, & provide referrals to local SRH services to anyone across Canada. You can also text us at 613-800-6757. Interpretation available, dependent on interpreter availability.
THIS RESOURCE IS NOT 2SLGBTQ SPECIFIC
Embrave - Agency to End Violence is an anti-violence organization providing shelter, counselling and advocacy supports for women, Two-Spirit, gender queer, trans and non-binary folks and their children experiencing any form of violence in the Region of Peel and beyond. We provide supports and services to survivors with or without children.
We understand that survivors’ experiences of violence are compounded by intersecting forms of racism and oppression. Embrave is a low barrier organization that is committed to ending gender-based violence by acknowledging and addressing the multitude of barriers facing folks who have experienced violence and by providing crisis intervention and a range of supports and services.
Embrave’s definition of gender-based violence includes intimate partner violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, cyber violence; physical, emotional and financial violence; stalking; structural and systemic violence, such as racism, colonialism, classism, transphobia, homophobia, sanism, islamophobia, nationalism and ableism.
Our programs include:
• 24-Hour Emergency Shelters
• 24-Hour Crisis Support Lines
• Community Support and Outreach Program supports survivors living in the community who have or are experiencing violence
• Central Intake Line provides coordinated access to Transitional Housing Supports in Peel Region
• Sexual Violence Counselling Support Program
• Public Education Program
• Lead Agency for the Peel Committee Against Women Abuse (PCAWA)
This program is a Clothing Exchange is open to all genders/gender identities and sexuality though priority is given to Trans, Gender Diverse and GRSM Communities. The goal for TransTrade Peel is to give trans and non-binary folx the chance to be comfortable in their own bodies and clothes.
To stay up to date about when our next clothing exchange is, follow on social media or check the website.
Many Trans, Gender Diverse and GRSM folx are marginalized and low or no income, for those purchasing clothing and accessories that match their gender identity or true-self is out of their financial situations.
In partnership with United Way and Red Cross, The Get REAL Movement has developed a new program to connect 2SLGBTQ+ youth with affirming counselling services. Eligible participants will receive six virtual counselling sessions with a trans-identified Registered Social Worker (MSW, RSW), at no cost to them. They will need to have access to a device and connection to have their sessions through.
Participants are Ontario youth who self identify as members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, or are questioning their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. They could be looking for support around identity, coming out, family, anxiety, mood, stress, academics, social worry, etc. If this limited-session program is not deemed to be an appropriate fit, the social workers will recommend and refer to alternative options wherever possible.
If there is a large amount of interest in the limited number of spots, priority will be given to youth facing additional barriers to supports and services, including youth who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, those unable to pay for counselling services, or youth without affirming supports in their region.
We are so excited to be able to support our communities in this new way. For more information or to apply to access counselling, please email SocialWork@thegetrealmovement.com
LGBTQ Counselling Program -- short term individual, couple and group counselling for individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or queer * broad range of issues including coming out, sexuality and identity, isolation, discrimination, relationship concerns, parenting, self esteem, violence, sexual abuse and childhood trauma, counselling for male survivors of sexual abuse, and other issues
HIV/AIDS Counselling Program -- short and long term counselling for individuals, couples and families living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, particularly gay and bisexual men, and men who have sex with men (MSM) * issues include dealing with loss, relationships, self esteem, trauma, self care, planning for healthy living, changing health status and impact on sexuality
For up-to-date information about groups and workshops, visit: https://familyservicetoronto.org/our-services/workshops-groups-and-events/
Freddie is an online PrEP service for LGBTQ2S+ Canadians. Freddie makes it easy to access PrEP and offers inclusive providers, accessible PrEP, and confidential delivery to your door. Visit www.gofreddie.com for more information.
SPECTRUM is an organization that serves, affirms, and supports the well-being of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals in Waterloo Region and the broader community through peer support, community partnerships, education and training, resources, and events.
SPECTRUM offers a number of peer support groups, including closed groups for transgender and gender variant people, newcomers, 2SLGBTQ+ youth, and Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer people.
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 through our email!