LGBT YouthLine's referral database is for in-person and/or location-based organizations, collectives, and resources for 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Ontario.
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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
Queer and Connected provides free 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. The 2 Spirit, Trans and Non-binary (2STNB) and 2 Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Queer (2SLGBQ) peer support groups are virtual. 2SLGBTQ+ Conversation Circles are in-person.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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Pflag Canada offers peer-to-peer support around sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. We support, educate and provide resources to anyone with questions or concerns. Our Canada wide, volunteer run chapters offer local, practical, and emotional peer-to-peer family support for individuals and their loved ones challenged by gender/sexual identity.
Please visit https://pflagcanada.ca/ontario/ for a full list of chapters, address and contact information on each chapter throughout Ontario.
NOT 2SLGBTQ SPECIFIC
The Timmins Youth Wellness Hub (TYWH) is a safe, inclusive and welcoming space for all youth aged 12-25 to access mental health, addictions and wellbeing services, resources and support. The TYWH is part of a network of Hubs, called Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO). YWHO is an initiative that aims to bring the right services to youth and their families, at the right time and in the right place.
In September 2018, the Timmins Youth Wellness Hub was established to provide programs and services (in English and in French) that support the wellbeing of youth aged 12-25 in the community.
The Timmins Youth Wellness Hub hosts a monthly support group for 2SLGBTQ+ youth. Information about this is posted on their social media pages and website.
We believe in creating a space where all individuals can feel heard, supported and accepted regardless of their gender identity and/or sexuality. Our goal is to create a LGBTQ2S+ Peer Support Network across Northwestern Ontario. We provide a variety of services including monthly meetings and events, educational presentations, training/resources and gender affirming clothing.
HARP offers an understanding, supportive environment with a wide range of prevention information and access to harm reduction materials
Stratford-Perth Pride provides 2SLGBTQIA+ programming to make Perth County a more welcoming, accepting and inclusive community for gender and sexually diverse individuals. This may include events, programs, education and advocacy.
Youth serving agency that is open and inclusive , this program is a registration only program for 2SLGBTQ+ youth. All other services can be accessed through the main line based on age of children/youth and families.
NBD is a bi-weekly virtual hang out space, open to all nonbinary, trans, genderdiverse, and questioning racialized youth, ages 13-29. It’s a space for discussion, chilling, arts & crafts, writing, zine-making, & more.
$10 PC gift card available for drop-in attendees each week.
Monthly Youth Group. Held in the basement of the Bracebridge United Church
GLOW is a weekly social youth group that works to build self-esteem, a sense of connection to community, and pride about diverse sexual and gender identities. Activities include game nights, arts & crafts, movies, health workshops, 2SLGBTQ+ history and more. Inclusive for any youth identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, polysexual, asexual, transgender, nonbinary, questioning and beyond. Our apologies, the group is currently limited to those youth who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ or 2SLGBTQ+ questioning.GLOW 2SLGBTQ+ Youth Group meets twice per week for two different age groups. GLOW Junior is for youth ages 11-14 and GLOW Senior is for youth ages 15-18. This is a drop in group – no registration is required. Gender neutral bathrooms on site. Location physically accessible. Transportation provided upon request.
Pflag Canada is proud to be Canada’s only national organization that offers peer-to-peer support striving to help all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. We support, educate and provide resources to anyone with questions or concerns. We promise to offer local, practical, and emotional peer-to-peer family support for individuals and their loved ones challenged by gender/sexual identity.
The Other 10% is a group supported by Children’s Centre Thunder Bay for youth and young adults between the ages of 12 and 25 who are interested in exploring what it means – and doesn’t mean – to be a part of the 2SLGBTQ community.
Group meetings are adult-facilitated, but youth-driven and provide a safe space for participants to meet, discuss, and educate one another. The group also provides information and access to other community activities and resources to those who are interested.
Meetings are held VIRTUALLY every second Thursday from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.
New members are always welcome as there is no formal registration, however to access the online meeting information you must contact Liz Woodside at (807) 343-5014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings are held virtually on the Zoom platform. Children’s Centre Thunder Bay has a special license which protects the privacy of all meetings. We will also start hosting some events in person over the spring and summer of 2022! Get registered in the group or check out our Facebook page for more information to come about these events,
Please note that there are no regular meetings during July and August, however there may be some special events planned over the summer months.
The INNclusion Program provides supportive housing for 2SLGBTQ+ youth, 16 to 26 years old, at risk or experiencing homelessness in a community rental unit leased by Blue Door. The program participants enter into an agreement of service and work within the program guidelines to work towards greater independence and self-sufficiency with the end goal of obtaining long term housing by the end of the term of the agreement.
Our weekly drop in is an all-inclusive safer space for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth and allies. We regularly host guests from our local queer community and beyond. We often do art projects and workshops while we discuss our challenges and successes. Our meetings are youth driven and supported. A variety of snacks are available at every meeting.
THIS IS A GENDERED SPACE
Mental, physical, sexual, community health + harm reduction services
SKETCH Working Arts is a community-arts enterprise based in Toronto engaging young QTBIPOC artists and arts leaders, on the margins, ages 16-29, coming from across Canada. SKETCH creates equitable opportunities for diverse young people to experience the transformative power of the arts; to develop their leadership and self-sufficiency in the arts; and to cultivate social and environmental change through the arts.
COVID19 Update - Programs this season will be hybrid: some programs are on Zoom, some are onsite in our studios (by advanced registration only), some are outdoors, and others will be in person at partner sites.
Call, email, visit website or social media for general information and for program updates.
Creative Activations in 3 programming streams, so that young people can build skills and capacities to become powerful change agents through arts and culture.
Guitar and Piano Lessons
Making with Place Public Art Projects
Art in the Park
Art Supplies & Meals
Opportunities & Artist Residencies
NextUp! Leaders Lab
SKETCH invites all QTBIPOC* young art leaders 16-29 in all programs
*Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour
No-cost group, community, and individual supports are available for folks ages 16+ who identify as trans/non-binary or are questioning their gender. Services are delivered by people with lived experience as a transgender/gender-diverse person, and who may also have experience living with a mental health concern. See website for programming details.
Transitions is a safe, supportive social group for people who do not identify as the gender assigned at birth or are questioning their gender identity.
Transitions is a peer-facilitated, private group.
Youth Drop in Center for 2SLGBTQ+. We provide a safe space and programming geared to mental health and well being.
NON-MEMBERS can drop in during our YOUTH DROP IN HOURS (Monday – Friday 3:30pm -5:30pm)
PAID MEMBERS can stay for PROGRAMMING from 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Community, family, friends, and allies gather to connect with like minded people, expand our network of friends, and reduce isolation. This is an informal discussion and social group.
People can also call the Community Health Centre to find out about other local resources. We have primary care which will support register patients with their health care needs, including needs specific to the 2S-LGBTQQIAP+ community.
Kind Space is committed to providing Ottawa – located on unceded Algonquin territory, accessible resources, events, social, and educational programming to celebrate and support people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
Join us for thoughtful discussions and recreational activities centring Ace/Aro folks in the Ottawa Community every 3rd Saturday of each month at 2PM! This in-person group is open to anyone who identifies under the asexual or aromantic umbrellas (including grey, demi, quoi, alloaro, etc). So even if you are new to the community, or have been waiting to meet and chill with other Ace/Aro folks for a while, this space is open for you. Each month we will have a loose theme or event to bring us together, so stay tuned to social media! This group is for those ages 18+.
We recognize that faith and/or spirituality can create vital spaces for self awareness and can connect us to communities and nature in meaningful ways. At the same time, we understand that places of worship, and institutional religion have caused great pain and trauma for many queer folks. This group is designed to function like a tour through the challenges and blessings of navigating our longing for faith/spirituality and our gender journeys. We will explore what faith and spirituality means, and ways to connect your inner identity to the wider world in a spiritual and/or religious context. You don’t have to belong to a particular religion in order to be part of this group - simply to be interested in learning, sharing, and listening for the call in each of us.
Please note: this is not a space to discuss issues around mental health or trauma. If you are experiencing these challenges, we certainly encourage you to connect with one of our social workers who can individually work with you to address these challenges.
Trans Formation aims to create a space to talk about the joys and complexities of transition. This is a transition-specific support and education group. Please only join once you feel that you are in a good space to explore and discuss transition. If you are not in that space yet, we recommend connecting with one of our peer groups.
We meet weekly for 90 minutes. It is a closed group, meaning once the intake process has been completed, no new folks will be able to join until the next group begins. There is also a limit of 12 participants.
We encourage attendance each week, with 24 hours notice if you cannot attend. This helps to create a safe environment in which trust and rapport are built within the community so that you can feel respected and valued in your journey.
We've gone digital! Due to the pandemic, we've moved our weekly LGBTQ+ youth groups to Discord servers. Come hang out with us during weekly meetings, or just to chat throughout the week!
Online group that aims to bring together youth ages 11-25 in the LGBTQ+ community. These groups are facilitated by a team of professionals from the community, that strive to create a safe environment in which youth can explore and express their interests and needs in an atmosphere where they are supported and respected for their contributions and unique individual differences.
Our online group meetings change from one week to the next! Sometimes we just chat, but we're always trying new things - watching movies, hosting workshops, and all sorts of fun.
Whether you're lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, two-spirit, queer or questioning, YOU ARE WELCOME!! There is no need to call ahead. Just come with a smile and an open mind.