All posts in “LGBTTIQQ2SA”

Supporting Our Youth – LGBTTQ Drop-in

Group Name: Supporting our Youth – LGBTTQ Drop-In

Description: SOY is a community development program that has been creating opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and transsexual youth and adults in Toronto to build an inclusive, welcoming community together since 1998. SOY creates healthy arts, cultural and recreational spaces for young people; supports youth in building skills and developing capacities; and increases youth access to supportive housing and adult mentoring. Originally established as a grassroots project, SOY became a program of the Sherbourne Health Centre in September 2004.

This is an afternoon drop-in for queer and trans youth under age 20. Come chill out, grab a snack, get community resources and info, meet new people, maybe do some sewing or other craft work, or do workshops with special guests and there is much, much more so come and check it out!

Where: 333 Sherbourne St. 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON M5A 2S5

When: Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Please call for further information.

Contact: John Caffery 416-324-4100 Ext. 5339 | Adam Benn 416-324-4100 Ext. 5283 | www.soytoronto.org | soy@sherbourne.on.ca

Egale YouthOUTreach

Group Name: Egale YouthOUTreach

Description: A youth housing support and crisis intervention centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning and Two Spirit(LGBTQ2S) youth (16+) in the Greater Toronto Area. Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is a national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans human rights through research, education and community engagement.

We provide Crisis Intervention and other services:

  • Same-day crisis response and counselling (Tuesday – Saturday)
  • Suicide prevention, intervention and postvention care
  • Ongoing counselling for individuals and families
  • Addiction and mental health supports
  • Medical, dental and legal aid referrals
  • Exploration of educational and learning opportunities, including high school, post-secondary and trades programs
  • Support with gender affirmation and community acceptance (e.g. transition planning and trans literacy seminars)
  • Group discussion, group counselling and interactive learning activities

Where: 183 Carlton Street, Side Entrance | Toronto, ON, M5A 2K7

Contact: 416-964-7887 | www.egale.ca | outreach@egale.ca

Peer & Community Support Matters!

The power of peer and community support was on full display, at this year’s Ride Don’t Hide and WorldPride events.

 Ride Don’t Hide 2014

On June 22, 2014, communities from all across Canada participated in the Canadian Mental Health Associations (CMHA’s) annual Ride Don’t Hide bike-a-thon. Through this event, bikers and community members were able to increase awareness about mental illness, and also raised funds, which will make a significant impact in various communities across BC, Alberta and Ontario. In addition, Ride Don’t Hide provided participants with the opportunity to improve their fitness, and to support a great cause, while being cheered on by enthusiastic volunteers, friends, and family.

WorldPride 2014

For one amazing week Toronto hosted WorldPride 2014. The event was organized by Pride Toronto, “the not-for-profit organization that hosts Pride Week, one of the premier arts and cultural festivals in Canada” (Pride Toronto, 2014). According to Pride Toronto, Pride Week is “one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, with an estimated attendance of over 1.2 million people celebrating the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA communities”.

From June 20 – 29, 2014 Toronto welcomed the international community, to celebrate WorldPride. Leading up to the event, there were visible displays of solidarity, all over the city. There was support from the for-profit sector, from the non-profit sector; and from local event participants. Businesses decked out their website logos, and store front signs, in rainbow hues. In addition, a large number (and a diverse range) of businesses, groups, associations, and political parties, participated in the various pride parades. The streets were filled with life infused music; and everywhere you turned there were vibrant colours, and exuberant displays of love and support. Community support matters, and at this year’s WorldPride it was all around!

 

2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations

Group Name: 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations

Description: 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations is a non-profit social services organization whose membership consists of Aboriginal gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Toronto. Due to the AIDS epidemic, the organization was prompted to have health, counseling and advocacy expertise.

The 2-Spirits organization’s programs and services includes:

  • HIV/AIDS education
  • Outreach
  • Prevention
  • support and counselling

Where: 145 Front Street East, Suite 105 | Toronto, ON M5A 1E3

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-944-9300 | info@2spirits.com | www.2spirits.com

Supporting Our Youth – Mentoring Program

Group Name: Supporting Our Youth

Description: SOY is a community development program that has been creating opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and transsexual youth and adults in Toronto to build an inclusive, welcoming community together since 1998. SOY creates healthy arts, cultural and recreational spaces for young people; supports youth in building skills and developing capacities; and increases youth access to supportive housing and adult mentoring. Originally established as a grassroots project, SOY became a program of the Sherbourne Health Centre in September 2004.

The Mentoring program is about connecting LGBTTQ youth to safe, out, adult ‘mentors’ from the community. Mentors can help you explore questions you may have about identity, sexuality and community. They provide support, encouragement and a non-judgmental listening ear to talk about anything and everything going on in your life, family, school, friends relationships, etc. Community Mentoring involves matching a youth with a safe, screened adult in a one to one relationship. Matches are based on the needs of the youth and shared interests and values. Mentors and youth spend time together on a regular basis (once a week or so).

Where: 333 Sherbourne St. 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON M5A 2S5

When: Monday Night Drop-In runs from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. (including statutory holidays). Please call for further information.

Contact: John Caffery 416-324-4100 Ext. 5339 | www.soytoronto.org | jcaffery@sherbourne.on.ca

Salaam Canada – Queer Muslim Community

Group Name: Salaam Canada – Queer Muslim Community

Description: Queer Muslim Community of Canada. Salaam is an organization dedicated to Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual/ transgender and or intersex, as well as those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, their families and friends.

The Salaam Support Group is directed towards providing support to and fostering a sense of community amongst queer-identified Muslims and their allies within the GTA. Our discussion topics will range from sex to spirituality, relationships to health, and so on…

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

When: Fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Check website for changes or cancellations.

Contact: salaamgroup.to@gmail.com | salaamcanada.org

Toronto Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Group Name: Toronto Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Description: Toronto PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is a volunteer-run, registered charitable organization. Through support, education and advocacy we work to create a more accepting society for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families, friends and allies. Toronto Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersex, queer and questioning persons, their families and friends through:

  • Support, to cope with an adverse society, and
  • Education, to enlighten an ill-informed public in order to end discrimination and secure equal rights.
  • Toronto PFLAG provides opportunities for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of all human beings.

Our monthly support meetings offer a warm and caring atmosphere for you to hear about the experiences of others, share your own, and grow in your understanding of sexual and gender diversity. All discussions are confidential, and many people come at first to listen and not to talk. We welcome LGBTQ individuals as well as their parents, family members and friends. There is no fee to attend a meeting – it’s completely free. You do not have to register in advance. ASL interpreting is available with advance notice. Please contact us to make arrangements. The Support Meeting is also your chance to borrow a book or DVD from our free lending library.

Where: Kimbourne Park United Church, 200 Wolverleigh Blvd. | Toronto, ON M4C 1S2

When: The first Wednesday of every month from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. (refreshments served at 7:15 p.m.)

Contact: Support Line: 416-406-6378 | Office: 416-406-1727 | toronto@pflag.ca | www.pflag.ca

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans YouthLine

Group Name: Lesbian Gay Bi Trans YouthLine

Description: The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line is a toll-free service provided by youth for youth. They’re here to offer support, information and referrals specific to your concerns. They are here because we want to be there for you – to be part of your community. They may not have lived your experiences exactly, but they can probably relate. They too, are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit or queer.

They provide peer support and information services within Ontario to youth of all cultures and abilities who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirited and transgendered, transsexual, queer or questioning. They offer one on one counselling for callers Sunday through Friday from 4:00 to 9:30 p.m. Extensive training for phone-line volunteers. Other volunteer activities: office work, community outreach and education.

Where: P.O. Box 62, Station “F” | Toronto, ON M4Y 2L4

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-962-9688 | 1-800-268-9688 | 416-962-0777 TTY | www.youthline.ca

Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention

Group Name: Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention – Foreign Integration

Description: Founded in 1989, the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) has worked to meet its mission in our Black communities. Our work is also guided by our motto, ‘Because All Black People’s Lives Are Important’, and it stands as a reminder of the importance of our commitment to our community. The Mission of Black CAP is to reduce the spread of HIV infection within Toronto’s Black communities and to enhance the quality of life of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Black CAP has provided settlement programming to LGBT newcomers from the Caribbean and Africa since we opened our doors. Over the last six months this program has served 44 new LGBT clients who came to Canada as refugees. Of these new clients about 75% are gay, 14% are lesbian, 5% are transgender and, 6% are bisexual clients. Black CAP also provides monthly group programming for this community called ’Foreign Integration’. Each month about 20 LGBT newcomers come together to share their stories. For instance, at the May meeting, the discussion centered around the difficulties of coming “out” to family and friends in the Black, African and Caribbean communities. Group members had various experiences with this and shared stories and strategies with one another on how do this in the safest possible way. **** Meetings are free to attend. The only requirement is that the individual identifies as LBGTTIQQ2SA.

Where: 20 Victoria St. 4th floor | Toronto, Ontario M5C 2N8

When: Last Monday of every month from 6:00 p.m until 8:30 p.m.

Contact: Craig Cromwell 416-977-9955 Ext. 250 | info@black-cap.com | www.black-cap.com

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