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LGBTQ2SA+ Resources Across Canada

Breakfast Television Staff | posted Monday, Jun 8th, 2020

June is PRIDE month. In order to support the shift towards inclusion and equality, Breakfast Television is listing the top Canadian resources for LGBTQ2SA+ individuals.

 

Community/Support Resources

  • Kind: Ottawa based organization that simply provides a space where LGBT+ people can just be. They also provide personal and peer support, as well as various resources for those in need.
  • Egale: Canada’s leading organization for LGBTQI2S people and issues. We improve and save lives through research, education, awareness, and by advocating for human rights and equality in Canada and around the world. Our work helps create societies and systems that reflect the universal truth that all persons are equal and none is other.
  • Qmunity: Through publications, multimedia materials, one-on-one consultations, and interactive workshops, our Diversity and Inclusion Experts help individuals, families, businesses, schools, and service providers to identify and avoid discriminatory behaviours and to explore the complexity, fluidity, and potential of sexual and gender diversity.
  • LGBT Youthline: LGBT Youth Line is a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit* youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (29 and under) across Ontario. We do this by providing anonymous peer support and referrals; training youth to provide support to other youth; and providing resources so youth can make informed decisions.
  • Youthsafe.net: Provides links to information and resources, in Alberta, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (“LGBT”) people and allies. The website is focused on services for youth and young adults.
  • DailyStrength Lesbian and Gay Groups: Online chat rooms with a focus on the daily issues gay and lesbian people face, both between partners in a relationship and others.
  • It Gets Better Project: A nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. Growing up isn’t easy, especially when you are trying to affirm and assert your sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It can be a challenging and isolating process – but, the good news is, no one has to do it alone. 

 

Religious Affiliated Resources

  • Galva-108: This website is provided by the Gay & Lesbian Vaishnava Association, a nonprofit religious organization offering positive information and support to LGBTI Vaishnavas and Hindus, their friends, and other interested persons.
  • Gaychurch.org: This website provides resources to those who are looking for gay-affirming Christian churches. They provide a list of gay-affirming churches throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as information on homosexuality and the bible and same-sex marriage.
  • The United Church of Canada: The United Church affirms that gender and sexuality are gifts of God and that all persons are made in the image of God. We welcome into full membership and ministry people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The United Church is opposed to discrimination against any person on any basis by which a person is devalued 
  • Salaam Canada: Provides resources for those who identify as both Muslim and queer/trans. They provide monthly meetings, peer support and advocacy initiatives.
  • Transfaith: TransACTION is a Transgender Curriculum For Churches and Religious Institutions by Barbara Satin and the Institute for Welcoming Resources/NGLTF is an interactive curriculum.

 

Family Resources

  • COLAGE: Unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents and caregivers into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.
  • Gay Parent Magazine: They are the leader in LGBT parenting resources since 1998. GPM’s focus is to support and empower LGBTQ parents and LGBTQs wishing to become first-time parents. On our pages, parents speak candidly about their experiences with adoption, foster care, egg and sperm donors, surrogacy, parenting with an ex, coming out after being in a straight marriage, co-parenting, divorce and custody issues, and discrimination.
  • LGBT+ Family Coalition: The LGBT+ Family Coalition is a community rights organization that advocates for the social and legal recognition of sexual- and gender-diverse families.
  • Gender Creative Kids: The Transgender Children’s Association Canada began in 2010 and offers a variety of resources to support and educate creative children and their families. We work in various circles with young people who are questioning, non-binary or transgender. By providing support, information and networking opportunities for parents, students, teachers, educators, health professionals, researchers, activists and young people across Canada, we hope to help transform the world into a safe space, rewarding and pleasant.
  • PFLAG Canada: Pflag Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their LGBTQ2S children. They provide resources, host events and help set up Pflag chapters in various regions.

 

Health-Related Resources

  • Canadian Aids Society: Committed to fighting the spread of aids through education and awareness. They provide resources for people across Canada living with HIV/AIDS or who simply want to be better educated.
  • Growth House: Growth House provides information and resources for end of life issues for LGBT+ families. Discrimination does not end with life so they provide resources for safe spaces and grief counselling for those impacted by an LGBT+ death.
  • Rainbow Couch: This UK based organization provides online/over the phone psychotherapy sessions for LGBT+ community members. The Rainbow Couch works with gender, sexual and relationship diversity: it is for you, whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), in or out of the closet, heterosexual, monogamous, non-monogamous, kinky or a sex worker. You can be assured of sex-positive therapy that accepts you the way you are and the way you choose to live your life.
  • The Trevor Project – Trevor Chat: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
  • Drug Rehab – LGBT Addiction Guide: Provides resources and information on substance abuse issues within the LGBT+ community. The LGBT+ people are at a higher risk for substance abuse and addiction than heterosexual people.
  • NEDA Feeding People: Information on eating disorders within the LGBT+ population. LGBTQ+ identified folks experience unique stressors that may contribute to the development of an eating disorder. While there is still much research to be done on the relationships between sexuality, gender identity, body image, and eating disorders, we know that eating disorders disproportionately impact some segments of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Native Youth Sexual Health Line: The Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) is an organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice throughout the United States and Canada.

 

Entertainment Resources

  • After Ellen: Works the lesbian/bi pop culture beat with a fun, feminist perspective on film, television, music, books, and sports. We also cover  lifestyle issues like lesbian sex and dating, coming out, and our take on the current political climate as it affects our community.
  • YoHomo: The leading site for the cities LGBTQ2SA+ events and stories.

 

LGBT+ Homelessness Resources

  • LGBTQ2S Toolkit: Their mission is to make it better for LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness. They provide this toolkit with resources and information on homelessness throughout the LGBT Youth community.
  • The 519 Housing Services: This Toronto based community centre has resources and programs for LGBT+ community members in the housing crisis. Along with housing services they also host a LGBTQ2S+ Roommate Mixer, which occurs on the first Wednesday of every month between 4 and 6pm.

 

Have any suggestions for our list? email them to feedback@breakfasttelevision.ca!

 

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