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Nellie’s – Support for Women Experiencing Abuse and Violence

Group Name: Nellie’s – Support for Women Experiencing Abuse and Violence (WEAV)

Description: The shelter was named after Nellie McClung, the pioneer feminist who challenged the Canadian Government in the Supreme Court of Canada to have women declared persons under the law. Nellie’s operates a Community Support & Outreach Office to assist women in the community who are homeless and living in poverty with access to basic necessities like food, clothing, and toiletries, as well as to provide support in the areas of housing, immigration, legal issues, child welfare, education, and employment.

Women Experiencing Abuse and Violence (WEAV)
16 week psychosocial closed support group for Women and Trans women who have or are currently experiencing violence and homelessness. The group operates from an Integrative feminist, anti-racist/anti-oppression framework. The scope of the group includes dynamics of abuse, the cycle of violence, power and control, as well as intersections power and privilege and gender based violence on a local and global scale. Participants will explore individual experiences of abuse and systemic violence as well as have an opportunity to practice recognizing and naming the larger systems of oppression and violence operating in the lives of Women and Trans Women.

Where: PO Box 98118, 970 Queen Street East | Toronto, ON M4M 1J0

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-461-8903 | 416-461-1084 (Crisis and Shelter space) | community@nellies.org | www.nellies.org

Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention – Support for Women

Group Name: Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention – Elan (empowerment, love and networking)

Description: The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) serves South Asian populations in the Greater Toronto Area, including its surrounding suburbs and regions. We offer health promotion and support for South Asians living with and affected by HIV and work with diverse communities on prevention education.

ELAN is a program fostering health and wellness among South Asian Women and Trans Women Living with HIV/AIDS. This along with the Connecting to Care group offer:

  • Annual Health and Wellness Retreat
  • Health Promotion Workshops and Resources
  • Referrals/Assistance with Health Care and Social Services
  • Language Interpretation
  • Modest Financial Assistance

Where: 120 Carlton Street, Suite 315 | Toronto, ON M5A 4K3

When: Please contact for more information.

Contact: Chhiring 416-599-2727 Ext. 232 | womensupport@asaap.ca | info@asaap.ca | asaap.ca

The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Transition Support

Group Name: The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Transition Support

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.

Transition Support is a social and support group for transsexuals and transgendered people. The group is open to everyone on a trans spectrum but is mostly attended by MTF (male-to-female) individuals. Come join us to get support, give support, hang out or just listen. This is one place you can be yourself! We have posted a number of resources that provide information on trans issues. Please check our online resources page regularly for updates. This is a drop-in program that is free.

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

When: The second and fourth Friday of each month from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.

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

Sherbourne Health Centre – Mature Trans Sisters

Group Name: Sherbourne Health Centre – Mature Trans Sisters

Description: Like the unique mosaic at our front door, Sherbourne was shaped by our communities. As with our programs and services, when the pieces are put together, the different colours and textures form something inviting, vibrant and relevant to the people we serve. We work closely with our partners and community members. Our primary care and chronic disease management services, health promotion and education, outreach and social supports, and mental health services work together to provide transformative care and support.

Mature Trans Sisters
A social drop-in group for mature trans women to get together, talk and learn, share resources and enjoy a hot meal. The group is collectively run by participants, supported by facilitators. There is a different activity each week. Registration is required and this group is for women of all types of trans experiences who are 45+.

Where: 333 Sherbourne Street | Toronto, ON M5A 2S5

When: Tuesdays from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Contact: King 416-324-5083 | Ander 416-324-4100 Ext. 5230 | mts@sherbourne.on.ca | www.sherbourne.on.ca

Supporting Our Youth – Trans_Fusion Crew

Group Name: Supporting our Youth – Trans_Fusion Crew

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.

Are you transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, of trans experience, or questioning your gender? Come to share a yummy meal, access resources, to socialize and have fun together. There’s usually some great art project going on, too! No experience required! We meet regularly to hang out, plan events. Come with your questions, stories, experiences and great vibes and hang out with other trans and/or questioning youth.

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

When: Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Please call for further information.

Contact: Yegi Dadui 416-324-5078 | www.soytoronto.org | ydadui@sherbourne.on.ca

Sherbourne Health Centre – Trans Partner Network

Group Name: Sherbourne Health Centre – Trans Partner Network

Description: We work closely with our partners and community members. Our primary care and chronic disease management services, health promotion and education, outreach and social supports, and mental health services work together to provide transformative care and support. While Sherbourne is open to everyone in our neighbourhood, we are particularly committed to helping people who may have been under-served by conventional health care.

TPN (Trans Partner Network)is a free, 8-week educational series for people who are looking for help, support, resources and information regarding their and/or their partner’s transition. This group is for partners of trans, genderqueer or gender-variant people. If you are interested in meeting up with other partners to share, explore and reflect in a structured, supportive and creative environment, then contact us!

Where: 333 Sherbourne Street | Toronto, ON M5A 2S5

When: E-mail or call for upcoming dates and registration details.

Contact: Laura 416-324-4000 Ext. 5096 | info@transpartnernetwork.com | sherbourne.on.ca

Toronto Bisexual Network

Group Name: Toronto Bisexual Network

Description: The Toronto Bisexual Network’s mandate is to provide a community where bisexuals and people questioning their sexuality can share diverse perspectives on bisexual issues and experiences.

They offer support, a social network, information and referrals. Friends, partners and allies are also welcome. We provide support by welcoming people into a bisexual community and creating non-judgemental spaces to share feelings, experiences and fears. They affirm different ways of developing identity and the diversity of people’s life experiences. As well, they engage in outreach, advocacy and education around bisexual and queer issues.

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

When: Third Thursday of each month from 8:00 p.m. until 10 p.m. These meetings are free of charge.

Contact: 416-925-9872 Ext. 2810 | info@torontobinet.org | www.torontobinet.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

The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Female-to-Male (FTM) Support

Group Name: The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Female-to-Male (FTM) Support 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.

The FTM peer support group offers a place for all FTM transgender, transsexual, two-spirited and questioning individuals to share their stories, experiences, challenges and victories. Come and explore male bonding at its best! Services include camping trips, movie nights and parties for members, their significant others, friends and families.

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

When: 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month in the East Room of 519 Church Street Community Centre.

Contact: 416-392-6878 Ext. 325 | www.the519.org

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