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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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 counseling. 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
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.
Support group for parents and tutors of gender creative kids, offered online for people outside of Montréal and in person
NOT A 2SLGBTQ+ SPECIFIC RESOURCE
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We provide a 24 hour, toll-free pregnancy options and sexual health information line, including abortion referrals.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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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
In September 2018 the Timmins Youth Wellness Hub (TYWH) was established to provide programs and services (in English and in French) that support the wellbeing of all youth aged 12-25 in the community. The TYWH offers: mental health counselling and support; mental health, well being, and harm reduction resources; peer support; education and employment support/training, recreation and social support. Food and bus tickets are also provided.
During regular operations, the TYWH offers hubs on a rotational basis throughout the community, utilizing thirteen community partner locations including schools/colleges, and outdoor locations in the summer. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the TYWH is offering virtual programming.
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 LGBTQ2S+ 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 for youth who are nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and/or gender diverse and Black, Indigenous, and/or people of colour. 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 email@example.com.
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.