B. Relevant Organizations, Service Directories, Community Agencies, Support Networks, Health Centres, and Social Events

Provincial and National Organizations and Resources


Action Canada's Beyond the Basics: a resource for educators on sexuality and sexual health
https://www.actioncanadashr.org/beyondthebasics
Beyond the Basics offers the tools to teach youth about sexuality and sexual health from a sex positive, human rights perspective.

Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity
www.ccgsd-ccdgs.org
An organization that provides information on education, training, awareness campaigns and youth conferences across Canada.

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust
www.egale.ca
A national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQI2S) human rights through research and policy, training and education, direct services, and community engagement. The website provides information on Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSA) in schools, reporting homophobic violence to police (the Report Homophobic Violence, Period [RHVP] program) and fundraising/awareness campaigns supporting LGBT2SQ youth.

Family Acceptance Project
www.familyproject.sfsu.edu
Information and research about the experiences, health, and wellbeing of LGBTQ children and youth. Publications geared for parents struggling to accept an LGBT2SQ child are available here as are links to other resources for families.

Gender Creative Kids Canada
www.gendercreativekids.ca
Resources for gender creative kids and their families, schools, and communities. Links to community events as well as articles, brochures, resource manuals and fact sheets are available here.

Gender Spectrum
www.genderspectrum.org
Information on gender diverse children and youth, and tips for creating gender inclusive spaces. The website has information and links pertaining to mental health, parenting and legal issues.

sprOUT Project
www.griffincentre.org/reachout.php
As part of Griffin Centre’s reachOUT program, SPROUT Project connects LGBTQ people with intellectual disabilities ages 18+ across Ontario to resources and communities.

Human Rights Campaign - All Children, All Families
http://www.hrc.org/resources/all-children-all-families-about-the-initiative
All Children, All Families is a project by the Human Rights Campaign that provides resources, webinars, and supports to LGBTQ children and youth.

Native Youth Sexual Health Network
www.nativeyouthsexualhealth.com
An organization by and for Indigenous youth that works on issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice throughout the United States and Canada. Links to A First Nations Sexual Health Toolkit, Two Spirit Mentors Support Circle, and Indigenous Young Women's Leadership Project are available at this site.

Ontario Child Advocate (OCA)
http://www.provincialadvocate.on.ca
The Ontario Child Advocate (OCA), formally the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (PACY), is an independent office of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and provides an independent voice for children and youth across the province receiving services in Ontario’s child welfare system. OCA has the authority to receive and respond to complaints, conduct reviews, represent the views and preferences of children and youth, make reports and provide recommendations. The Office of OCA released the Ultimate Health Rights Survival Guide—a step-by-step guide for young people to assist children and youth with making health decisions, available at: https:// www.provincialadvocate.on.ca/reports/advocacyreports/english-reports/IDC_SurvivalGuide_EN.pdf

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
www.OCASI.org
Provides resources to increase organizational capacity to more effectively serve LGBTQI2S+ newcomers, including the Positive Space Program, and an agency self-assessment tool at: www.PositiveSpaces.ca.

PFLAG Canada
www.pflagcanada.ca
PFLAG Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual children and youth. PFLAG Chapters are located in communities throughout Ontario, and are listed on the PFLAG Canada website.

Rainbow Health Ontario
www.rainbowhealthontario.ca
Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) is a province-wide program working to improve access to services and promote the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities. RHO provides information about LGBTQ health and links to LGBTQ-friendly physical and mental health services in Ontario.

TransParent
www.transparentcanada.ca
Provides support and information for parents and families of trans and gender diverse individuals.

Trans Pulse Project
www.transpulseproject.ca
Provides research, statistics and information about transgender human rights and transgender people in Ontario. Videos, journal articles, and project reports related to the lived experience of trans people across Canada are available here.

TransWhat
https://transwhat.org
A helpful guide to support allyship.

Trans Youth Family Allies
www.imatyfa.org
Provides information and support for families with transgender and gender independent children and youth. The site offers a manual for parents of trans youth, a list of online resources for trans youth, and a speakers bureau with contact information for booking public speakers who specialize in trans advocacy and awareness.

Service Directories


LGBT Youth Line Referral Database
www.youthline.ca/get-support/referral-database
The Youth Line maintains a database of referral resources for LGBT youth in Ontario. It includes services and supports that are LGBT-specific.

Rainbow Health Ontario Service Directory
www.rainbowhealth.wpengine.com/service-directory: A list of health and social service providers and programs that have expressed a commitment to providing competent and welcoming care to LGBTQ people in Ontario.

Two Spirit Resource Directory
http://www.nativeyouthsexualhealth.com/twospiritdirectory.html
Native Youth Sexual Health Network has developed a directory of Two-Spirit resources.

Phone Lines


Kids Help Phone
www.kidshelpphone.ca
24-hour, national telephone and online counselling, referral and information services for children, youth and young adults.
1-800-668-6868

LGBT Youth Line
www.youthline.ca
Peer support phone line for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, Two-spirited, queer and questioning youth.
1-800-268-9688

Trans Lifeline
www.translifeline.org
Peer support phone line run by transgender people for transgender people.
1-877-330-6366

Regional and Community Agencies and Support Networks


Belleville and Quinte: Say OutLoud
Say OutLoud is an alternative youth group that offers an inclusive place in the community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, Two-Spirit, queer, questioning youth and their allies. http://www.sayoutloud.ca/

Hamilton: New Generation Youth Centre: Support around Gender Experience
Support around Gender Experience is a peer support group for youth who are trans, non-binary, and questioning their gender.
https://www.ngenyouth.ca/programs

Kingston: TransFamily Kingston
TransFamily Kingston is a diverse group of transgender people, family members, friends and allies in the Kingston Ontario area who gather at least once a month to share stories and experiences, provide peer support, and assist each other in navigating the various barriers faced by trans people and by their supporters. https://transfamilykingston.com/

Niagara Region: Rainbow Niagara
Rainbow Niagara provides services, information, support and resources to individuals of sexual and gender diverse communities, families and the community. Programming includes individual support for clients throughout the Niagara Region, health promotion initiatives such as Pride Prom and the Pride Halloween Dance, as well as community presentations. http://questchc.ca/participate-at-quest/rainbow-niagara/

Ottawa: Family Services Ottawa: Around the Rainbow
Around the Rainbow, offered by Family Services Ottawa, is a community-based program which provides a range of education, counselling and support services. The program supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, Two-Spirit, queer and questioning (LGBTTQ+) communities and allies.
http://familyservicesottawa.org/children-youth-and-families/around-the-rainbow/

Ottawa: Kind Space
Kind Space is an organization that provides accessible resources, events, social, and educational programming to celebrate and support people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. http://kindspace.ca/

Ottawa Ten Oaks Project
The Ten Oaks Project engages and connects children and youth from LGBT2SQ communities through programs and activities rooted in play. http://www.tenoaksproject.org/

St. Catherines: Quest Community Health Centre: Trans/Gender-Questioning Youth Group
The Trans/Gender Questioning Youth Group is a social support group for gender diverse youth 14-19 years of age. The support group offers trans and gender questioning youth a forum for discussion, movies, and guest speakers. http://questchc.ca/participate-at-quest/groups/

Sudbury: TG Innerselves
TG Innerselves provides peer support, informal discussion, and assistance finding professional services for the transgender community. http://tginnerselves.com/index.html

Thunder Bay: Children's Centre Thunder Bay: The Other 10%
The Other 10% is a group supported by Children's Centre Thunder Bay for youth and young adults between the 12 and 25 years if age who are interested in exploring what it means - and doesn't mean - to be a part of the LGBTQ community. http://www.childrenscentre.ca/en/adolescents/other-10

Toronto: The 519
The 519 is a Toronto agency that provides a wide range of programming and services to the LGBTQ community, which include counselling services and queer parenting resources to coming out groups, trans programming and senior's support. http://www.the519.org/

Toronto: Access Alliance
Access Alliance offers programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ+) newcomers. http://accessalliance.ca/programs-services/lgbtq-programs/

Toronto: Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (BlackCAP)
BlackCAP delivers support services that meet the health and wellness needs of clients who are living with or affected by HIV or AIDS. Some of these support services include: counselling, settlement, practical and peer support, employment, housing and social support services that help people achieve their goals. http://www.black-cap.com/

Toronto: Central Toronto Youth Services: Families in TRANSition (FIT) Group
The Families in TRANSition (FIT) Group is a 10 week support group for parents/caregivers of trans youth (13 - 21 years of age). http://www.ctys.org/category/groups/#fit

Toronto: Central Toronto Youth Services: Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice offers programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning youth,13-24 years of age. http://www.ctys.org/category/programs/#pride-amp-prejudice

Toronto: Central Toronto Youth Services: Transceptance
Transceptance is a peer support for parents and caregivers of trans youth and young adults. http://www.ctys.org/category/groups/#transceptance

Toronto: Egale Youth OUTreach
Egale Youth OUTreach provides individual counselling, homelessness and suicide crisis services for LGBTIQ2S youth up to 29 years of age. https://egale.ca/outreach/

Toronto: Sherbourne Health Centre: LGBTQ Family Network
The LGBTQ Parenting Network is a program of Sherbourne Health Centre that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer parenting through research, training, resources and community development. http://lgbtqpn.ca/

Toronto: Sherbourne Health Centre: Supporting Our Youth (SOY)
Supporting Our Youth (SOY) is a community development program of Sherbourne Health Centre that works to support the health and wellbeing of all queer and trans spectrum youth by running groups, programs and events, and by providing one-on-one support for queer, trans and questioning youth who are 29 years of age and under. http://soytoronto.org/

Toronto: Toronto Family Services: David Kelly Services (DKS) LGBTQ+ and Counselling HIV/AIDS
The David Kelley HIV/AIDS Counselling Program provides professional counselling and support services to people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Services include short and long-term professional counselling to individuals, couples and families on issues such as loss, relationships, self-esteem, planning for healthy living, changing health status, and self-care. https://familyservicetoronto.org/our-services/programs-and-services/david-kelley-services/

Toronto: Toronto for All
Toronto for All is an online resource by the City of Toronto that provides information and resources for trans communities of colour. http://www.torontoforall.ca/trans-youth-of-colour/

Toronto: Two-Spirited People of the 1st Nations
Two-Spirited People of the 1st Nations provides prevention education and support for Two Spirit, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, living with or at risk for HIV and related co-infections in the Greater Toronto Area. http://www.2spirits.com/index.html

Waterloo Region: OK2BME
OK2BME is a set of support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) children and youth in the Waterloo Region. The OK2BME program consists of three unique areas including confidential counselling services, an OK2BME Youth Group for individuals 13-18 years of age, as well as public education, consulting and training around LGBTQ+ issues. http://ok2bme.ca/

Waterloo Region: Spectrum
SPECTRUM is a LGBTQ community space that provides programming, social groups, special projects, research, events, resources, and a DVD library. http://www.ourspectrum.com/

Windsor: Windsor Pride Community Education and Resource Center
The Community Education and Resource Center provides a safer and positive space where members of LGBTQ communities can find information and referrals to community services and connections to individual and group counseling and peer support. The Center also provides diversity education and resources for Windsor Essex at large and advocates for the LGBTQ community through partnerships and leadership in broader initiatives. http://www.windsorpride.com/

York Region: Aids Committee of York Region: Rainbow Youth Group
The Rainbow Youth Group supports youth to connect with others during difficult and challenging times in their lives, and to receive support. It also provides a social space for LGBTTIQQ2SA+ youth to feel acceptance, to feel proud of whom they are, to make new friends and to share positive experiences. http://www.acyr.org/myhouse/groups/#Youth

LGBT2SQ-Specific Health Centres


Hamilton: Trans Community Health
Trans Community Health (TCH) is a twice-monthly clinic for trans and gender non-conforming individuals.
http://shelterhealthnetwork.ca/?page_id=713

Ottawa: Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario has a multidisciplinary team that offers information, comprehensive assessment and treatment (which can include hormonal interventions) to children, youth and their families when there are questions regarding gender identity. Referrals can come from community providers, schools, parents and the youth themselves.
http://www.cheo.on.ca/en/genderidentity

Thunder Bay: NorWest Community Health Centre
NorWest Community Health Centre (NWCHC) provides individuals with safe, supportive, and non-judgemental health and counselling services.
http://www.norwestchc.org/locations/thunder-bay/programs/lgbt-health

Toronto: Sherbourne Health Centre
Sherbourne Health Centre offers a wide range of primary healthcare programs and services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, Two-Spirit, intersex, queer or questioning individuals.
http://sherbourne.on.ca/primary-family-health-care/lgbt-health/

LGBT2SQ-Specific Film Festivals


Kitchener-Waterloo: Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival
Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival brings queer and trans centered art and film to the Waterloo Region and Southwestern Ontario. The annual festival features film, art, comedy, workshops, and community.
https://rainbowreels.org/about/

Kingston: Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival
Reelout was created to celebrate queer media arts and to contribute to community vitality by programming materials that focus on issues of sexuality, race, culture, religion, class, gender, ability, health and age in Kingston and the surrounding area.
http://www.reelout.com/festival-info/films/

London: London Lesbian Film Festival
The London Lesbian Film Festival is an annual gathering which aims to portray the richness and diversity of lesbian experiences and to strengthen communities.
http://www.llff.ca/

Sudbury: Queer North Film Festival
Queer North Film Festival is an annual event in Northern Ontario that celebrates the diversity of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and Two-Spirit communities through quality cinema.
http://www.sudburyindiecinema.com/qnff.html

Toronto: Queer West Film Festival
The Queer West Film Festival has created to respond to the need for alternative events outside of Toronto's traditional gay village and a desire to share queer films and media that may not have found a home at other festivals.
artsfestival.queerwest.org/

Toronto and Ottawa: Inside Out
Inside Out is an organization committed to challenging attitudes and changing lives through year-round initiatives in queer cinema. Inside Out also presents the annual Toronto LGBT Film Festival and the Ottawa LGBT Film Festival.
https://www.insideout.ca/

Pride Organizations


Annual Pride celebrations are hosted in communities across Ontario every year. Pride provides the opportunity for LGBT2SQ communities and allies, through events and activities, to promote equity, unity, education, inclusion and awareness of sexual and gender diversity. Below is a list of Pride organizations across the province:

PRIDE ORGANIZATION CITY WEBSITE
Barrie Pride Barrie http://barriepride.com/
Brantford Pride Brantford http://barriepride.com/
Brockville Pride Brockville https://www.brockvillepride.com/
Chatham-Kent Pride Chatham-Kent https://www.facebook.com/PrideCK
Elliot Lake Pride Elliot Lake http://www.elpride.ca/
Grey Bruce Pride Bruce County and Grey County https://www.facebook.com/GreyBrucePride
Guelph Pride Guelph http://www.guelphpride.com/index.html
Hamilton Pride Hamilton http://hamiltonpride.ca/
Kawartha Lakes Pride Kawartha Lakes https://www.facebook.com/KawarthaLakesPride/
Kincardine Pride Kincardine https://www.facebook.com/kincardinepride
Kingston Pride Kingston http://www.kingstonpride.ca/
Muskoka Pride Muskoka http://www.muskokapride.com/
Ottawa Capital Pride Ottawa http://ottawacapitalpride.ca/
Peterborough Pride Peterborough http://peterboroughpride.ca/
Pride Durham Durham Region http://www.pridedurham.com/
Guelph Pride Guelph http://www.guelphpride.com/index.html
Pride London Festival London http://pridelondon.ca/
Pride Niagara Niagara http://prideniagara.com/
Pride Toronto Toronto http://www.pridetoronto.com/
Simcoe Pride Simcoe http://www.simcoepride.com/
Sudbury Pride Sudbury http://www.sudburypride.com/
Thunder Pride Thunder Bay http://www.thunderpride.ca/
Tri-Pride Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo http://tri-pride.ca/
Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Windsor-Essex https://www.wepridefest.com/
York Pride Fest York Region http://www.yorkpridefest.com/