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.

True Colours

A support for parents, supporters and allies of children, youth and adults in the LGBTQ+ spectrum. A safe place to talk, learn and share.

Ontario Human Rights Commission
http://www.ohrc.on.ca

Conducts public inquiries * may initiate applications or intervene in cases before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Policy development, research and analysis. Public education and training. Reports to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

Working Together — e-learning training video for public, private and not-for-profit sectors towards completing Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) requirements

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust
http://egale.ca

Education and awareness, systemic advocacy, research, community engagement, and policy development on issues affecting LGBTQI2S individuals and communities, to eliminate homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and all other forms of oppression * training, workshops, resources

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

See SPECTRUM Waterloo Region’s Rainbow Community Space HERE for further resources

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans YouthLine
http://www.youthline.ca

COVID19  Peer support helpline available by phone Mon-Fri, Sun 6 pm-9 pm EST, and chat and text Mon-Fri, Sun 4 pm-9:30 pm EST, visit YouthLine website for details; not a crisis service

Anonymous, confidential peer support by telephone, email, text and chat, on issues of concern to 2SLGBTQ+ youth such as anti-oppression, anti-racism, sex and consent, STIs, HIV, self-care, mental health

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

Weekly drop-in social support group for 2SLGBTQIA+ (2-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual +) youth between the ages of 14 and 18