Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resources

Like all things, sexuality is not black-and-white. It exists on a spectrum, and it is a normal part of growing up to explore and develop your own unique understanding of your sexuality. If you are curious about or questioning your sexual orientation and have any questions or concerns about this process, there are many people who have shared similar experiences who will listen and connect you with resources to help you better understand your sexuality. Remember, your sexuality is your own, and no one has the right to judge you or make you feel unsafe because of it. Homophobic harassment or assault is a crime and these resources will also help you deal with this.

Ontario Human Rights Commission
Egale Canada Human Rights Trust
http://egale.ca/outreach

Drop-in centre, counselling services and support for LGBTIQ2S youth * intake, assessment and individualized support plan * information and referral — emergency shelter, housing options * assistance in applying for government health (OHIP) and social assistance programs (OW, ODSP) * assistance in obtaining identification and/or legal support in amending sex markers on official documentation * employment assistance including resume and job search coaching, and referrals * food, TTC tokens and other basic necessities

Counselling Centre — immediate crisis response and counselling * suicide prevention, intervention and follow-up care * individual mental health counselling * group counselling * family counselling * addiction and mental health supports * medical, dental and legal aid referrals * exploration of education opportunities, including high school, postsecondary and trades programs * gender affirmation, community acceptance support and counselling, including transition planning and trans literacy seminars * group discussion, counselling and learning activities

LGBTQI2S Seniors Resource Map — online map shows organizations across Canada with programs and services available to LGBTQI2S seniors

Newcomer support groups: Perception — support group for LGBTQI2S immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers * Tea & Talk — support group for Arabic-speaking communities

Member agency of Toronto Drop-in Network (TDIN)

PFLAG Canada
http://www.pflagcanada.ca

PFLAG Canada is Canada’s only national organization that helps all Canadians who are struggling with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity * PFLAG Canada supports, educates and provides resources to parents, families, friends and colleagues with questions or concerns

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line
http://www.youthline.ca

Peer support by telephone, email, text and instant messaging (chat) * information and referral * anonymous and confidential * Youth Line Blog * referral database of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans) youth services

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection
http://www.hivaidsconnection.ca

Drop-in social support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, two-spirit, queer and questioning (LGBTQ2+) youth between the ages of 14 and 18