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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The Gender Journeys group is ideal for those in the early stages of gender transition ages 17+. In this group, you will learn about and discuss gender, transition, and well-being. It is also a place to meet others who are going through similar experiences. You do not have to be on hormones to take part; it is open for those who are on hormones, pre-hormones, or don’t want them at all.
We have groups starting several times during the year. Each group meets once a week for a total of 8 weeks. The groups are currently offered virtually using Zoom.
THIS SERVICE IS NON-QUEER, TRANS & LGBTQ SPECIFIC
Youth Matters is designed to help youth aged 15 – 30 that are facing barriers to employment navigate the labour market and successfully transition into sustained employment. We support them through skills development, education, and meaningful work experiences. Services are currently delivered virtually.
THIS SERVICE IS NON-QUEER, TRANS & LGBTQ SPECIFIC
NEDIC provides information, resources, referrals, and supports to Canadians affected by eating disorders. This includes our national toll-free helpline and chat service where individuals affected can speak to a trained support worker.
Providing free and confidential peer support through online chat and phone hotlines for both the US and Canada
LGBT National Hotline: 888-843-4564
LGBT National Youth Talkline: 800-246-7743 (Youth up to 25 years old)
LGBT Online One-to-one peer support chat (all ages): www.LGBThotline.org/chat
Moderated youth chatrooms (tues-fridays): www.LGBThotline.org/youthchatrooms
Windsor-Essex Pride Fest strives to strengthen the sense of community and
contribute to the vibrancy, health and overall well-being of LGBTQ2S+ persons
in WindsorEssex. Raising awareness of ongoing issues facing the LGBTQ2S+
community including youth suicide, discrimination & bullying. Windsor-Essex
Pride Fest as an organization is more than just a festival, it empowers
individuals to reach out to each other and facilitates opportunities for
connection and belonging through age-specific activities or initiatives,
peer-facilitated groups and special events and will address social isolation
and create a social environment that is more accommodating, resilient and
connected to the broader LGBTQ2S+ community in Windsor-Essex.
Q Chat Space provides live-chat based, online discussion groups for LGBTQ+ and questioning teens around the world. It’s not a forum and there is no video or audio. Everyone is chatting during the same pre-scheduled time. Chats are facilitated by trained staff/volunteers who work at LGBTQ+ centers across the US, but youth in Canada are welcome to use the service.
2-Spirit Circle Closed Group is an all ages group that provides programming for 2-Spirit First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members in Windsor Essex, facilitated by Shane Lyon (2S Mi'kmaw/Irish) and presented by the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest. The 2-Spirit Circle ensures that everyone attending this group will have a non-judgmental, supportive space to get together and explore your identities and what that means to you. We will do this through Sharing Circles, Traditional Teachings, music, crafts, game nights and other activities to build connections within our community of Windsor-Essex.
QLink Windsor-Essex is a collaborative of three local organizations including Windsor Pride Community, Windsor-Essex Pride Fest and Family Services Windsor-Essex working together to deliver peer-led supports, programs and counselling for LGBTQ+ youth between the ages of 12-29 years of age and their families, caregivers, allies and friends.
Join us virtually every Monday from 7:00pm - 8:15pm for QLink Windsor-Essex’s weekly Monday Meetup. This is a peer-facilitated program for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth and young adults ages 12-29. It’s a chance to connect with community and check-in about things you enjoy, share solidarity for coping with what is difficult, and learn about what is going on in our region. Each Meetup will close with a brief mindfulness exercise.
Type Out Tuesday
Join us virtually every other Tuesday for Type OUT Tuesday from 6:00pm-8:00pm. A writing circle for 2SLGBTQ+ youth and young adults ages 12-29. Each session will include a check-in, writing prompts, and opportunities to share our work and receive feedback. This drop in workshop space is designed to be flexible and accommodate participants’ desires and goals.
QConnect Youth Drop In
Join us every Wednesday from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm for QConnect Youth Drop-In. This is a youth-facilitated program for 2SLGBTQIA+ young adults ages 12-18. It’s a chance to meet other 2SLGBTQIA+ young adults, hang out, and enjoy an activity. Events will rotate weekly with Games Night, Movie Night, Craft Night, Coffee House, and Open Mic Night.
Young Adult Mixer
Join us every Thursday for YAM (Youth Adult Mixer). YAM is a youth-facilitated program for 2SLGBTQIA+ young adults ages 18-29. It’s a chance to meet other 2SLGBTQIA+ young adults, hang out, and enjoy an activity. Events will rotate weekly with Games Night, Movie Night, Craft Night, Coffee House and Open Mic Night.
The Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy aims to provide culturally respectful and sensitive programs and strategies to respond to the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic among Aboriginal Peoples in Ontario, through promotion, prevention, long-term care, treatment and support initiatives consistent with harm reduction principles.
OAHAS offers the following support services:
Pre & post-test counselling
Health & HIV/AIDS treatment information & referrals
Support relating to HIV/AIDS discrimination issues, including referrals to legal supports
Assistance in accessing food, clothing and shelter
Assistance in obtaining and/or replacing identification
Access to traditional medicines & supports
Assistance to & from appointments
Kincardine Pride is an all-volunteer local organization. Its mission is to promote Kincardine as an LGBTQ-positive community by hosting an annual family-friendly Pride Parade and Celebration in beautiful downtown Kincardine, as well as other events throughout the year.
Niizhaayek Alliance aims to reduce the stigmas and risks associated with being part of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community through engaging youth workshops, amplifying youth voices, and in the development of an annual Ontario-wide 2SLGBTQQIA+ youth gathering.
The GVWG will continue to provide trainings to local organizations and service providers about trans inclusion as well as consultations on issues of trans inclusion within our community. The working group will build community awareness of our work through improving our branding and continuing to build connections. We will streamline and formalize our processes through developing internal policies and procedures. And finally, we will create an environment where we can strengthen our capacities as individuals and as a group through skill development and networking. The GVWG also has a gender affirming project, that includes sample sizes of GC2B binders and rehoming donated used binders.