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Gay Canada

Group Name: Gay Canada

Description: Founded in 1994, the Canadian Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Resource Directory (CGLBRD) is an organization dedicated to the collection, compilation and distribution of information important to or of relevance to the GLB communities across Canada. The CGLBRD is a group of hard working people dedicated to bringing information about gay and gay-friendly resources, organizations and businesses to all Canadians as well as visitors to our country. GayCanada is the Internet side of the CGLBRD. It functions as both a primary method for displaying information that the CGLBRD has collected as well as an information gathering tool for the organization.

All information found at GayCanada is available free of charge. We encourage our readers to use and pass on the information which we have collected. There are groups of interest for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trans and queer including a coming out peer support. Visit the online directory and search for all groups in Toronto.

Where: 971 Corydon Avenue, Suite 296 | Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 3S7

When: Find support in Toronto through their online directory

Contact: 1-800-245-2734 | www.gaycanada.com

Straight Forward – Support for Straight Spouses of Gays & Lesbians

Group Name: Straight Forward – Support for Straight Spouses of Gays & Lesbians

Description: Annie is co-founder/co-facilitator of Straight-Forward. Annie is empathic of mixed orientation issues and draws on her genuine warmth and caring, positive attitude, academic background, and life experiences in co-facilitating the peer support group. Annie was happily married for almost 24 years when her husband disclosed his homosexuality. June Galbraith is a registered nurse specialized in pediatrics from London England. She was happily married for 27 years before her husband came out as a gay man. June is also a co-founder of Straight-Forward.

Straight-Forward offers a facilitated, peer support group for straight spouses of gay & lesbians. The only requirement is that you were in or are in a relationship with a gay or lesbian partner and you are heterosexual. Mixed orientation couples means that one spouse is either gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Supports exists for the gay/lesbian partner in their ‘coming out’ process. However the straight spouse is often left to deal with the aftermath with little to no formal support network.

Where: Second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. To obtain more information on the exact location (Yonge & Eglinton area) and specifics, please email.

Contact: info@straight-forward.ca | www.straight-forward.ca

My House : Rainbow Resources of York Region – Women’s Coming Out

Group Name: My House : Rainbow Resources of York Region – Women’s Journey Support

Description: My House is an inclusive and safe space that welcomes all members of the LGBTQ community in York Region . Those who identify with the LGBTQ community and their allies can use My House as a central point to access information and resources on services, arts and culture, and volunteer opportunities. My House provides space for members to gather as a community to form social supports and organize recreational activities to improve their overall health and wellness.

Women’s Journey Support Group
This support group is for women who are gay or bisexual, or who are questioning their sexual orientation. If you are struggling with coming out, inner and/or external acceptance, discrimination, isolation, loneliness, not feeling a sense of belonging and are looking for support, please join us. Share your feelings, exchange information or just listen in a safe, confidential environment. All women are welcome whether you are married or single.

Where: 10157 Yonge Street, Unit 203 | Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T5

When: Third Tuesday of each month from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Location is variable so please contact us prior to the meeting for info.

Contact: journeys187@gmail.com | 905-884-8379 | info@myhouseyr.com | myhouseyr.com

The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Women’s Coming Out Group

Group Name: The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Women’s Coming Out Group

Description: The 519 is the hub of community life in Toronto’s diverse Church and Wellesley Village. For over 35 years, The 519 has been working with our neighbours and our lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities to build healthy, welcoming spaces to meet, participate and celebrate together. With the support of our staff team, our communities identify and implement solutions to emerging issues through award-winning programs and services, and with the leadership of volunteers, over 80 community-led programs provide peer support, social, recreational, arts and cultural opportunities in our public meeting spaces.

Women’s Coming Out Group
There is no registration. A group for females over 18 years old who are coming out as lesbian or bisexual or are questioning their sexual orientation. Free to attend. Just drop by.

Where: 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

When: Wednesdays from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Contact: 416-392-6874 | info@the519.org | www.the519.org

Family Service Toronto – David Kelley Services

Group Name: Family Service Toronto – David Kelly Services (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer (LGBTQ) Counselling Program)

Description: Family Service Toronto (FST) helps people face a wide variety of life challenges. For almost 100 years, we have been assisting families and individuals through counselling, community development, advocacy and public education programs. Our services are available to everyone who lives or works in Toronto.

The David Kelley Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer (LGBTQ) Counselling Program provides professional, short-term, individual, couple and family counselling to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or queer. Group services and educational forums may be offered from time to time; refer to the section on Workshops and groups. Our counselling helps people who are facing a broad range of issues such as coming out, sexual orientation and gender identity, isolation, discrimination, relationship issues, parenting, transitioning, self-esteem and violence. We recognize the diversity that exists within the community of people who identify as LGBTQ. While everyone who identifies as LGBTQ experiences discrimination based on sexual orientation, many LGBTQ individuals face other forms of discrimination as well; sometimes from within the community itself.

Where: 355 Church Street | Toronto, ON M5B 1Z8

When: Call to arrange for counselling call our Service Access Unit between 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Contact: 416-595-9618 | sau@familyservicetoronto.org | www.familyservicetoronto.org

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