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19 Organizations Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community in Ontario

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19 Organizations Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community in Ontario

A girl in a crowd wears rainbow glitter makeup

Photo by Mick De Paola on Unsplash

In honour of Pride Month 2020, we’re highlighting organizations across Canada that support the LGBTQ+ community. For this post, we have listed organizations that are centred in Ontario or have local chapters there. You can draw upon these orgs if and when you need their services; alternatively, if you have the means, you can support the amazing work that they do.

Do you know of an organization that we should add to the list? Let us know by emailing us at support@rocketmanapp.com.

1. Queer Ontario (Ontario)

Queer Ontario is a provincial network of gender and sexually diverse individuals and their allies who are committed to questioning, challenging, and reforming the laws, institutional practices, and social norms that regulate queer people. Their programs include a provincial LGBTQ+ directory and an ideas space called the Queer Ontario Think Tank, among others.

Learn more about Queer Ontario >>>

2. LGBT Youthline (Ontario)

A peer support service offered through telephone, texting, and live chat for 2SLGBTQ youth up to age 29. All volunteers are trained peer supporters ages 16-29 with a diversity of 2SLGBTQ+ identities and lived experiences.

Learn more about LGBT Youthline >>>

3. Rainbow Health Ontario (Ontario)

“Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) is a province-wide program of Sherbourne Health that works to promote the health of Ontario’s LGBT2SQ communities and improve their access to services. RHO creates resources, provides information and consultation services, delivers education and training, and supports research to develop evidence-based practice and informed public policy.”

Learn more about Rainbow Health Ontario >>>

4. The Get Real Movement (Toronto)

The Get Real Movement is focused on combatting 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination and promoting acceptance in schools, summer camps, and workplaces by offering inclusivity workshops and leadership development programs. Their programming aims to break down prejudice, promote unity, and foster compassion in our world.

Learn more about The Get Real Movement >>>

5. Pride Toronto (Toronto)

Pride Toronto supports the LGBT2Q+ communities of Toronto and beyond through live and virtual events, including the annual Pride Festival and parades.

Learn more about Pride Toronto >>>

6. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto)

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is the largest and longest-running queer theatre company in the world. Buddies offers a year-round program that includes a full season of queer theatre, new works festivals, artist residencies, and intergenerational training and education initiatives.

Learn more about Buddies >>>

7. Support Our Youth (Toronto, ON)

Support Our Youth provides health promotion services and programming centred on supporting the health and well-being goals established by LGBT2SQ youth and young adults, many of whom are homeless, racialized, and newcomers to Canada. They also host Black Queer Youth (BQY), a weekly drop-in group that celebrates Black queer and trans spectrum people’s experiences and accomplishments.

Learn more about Support Our Youth >>>

8. Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Toronto, ON)

Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention provides support services for clients living with or affected by HIV or AIDS including counselling, settlement, practical and peer support, employment, housing and social support services. They also work with men, women, youth and LGBTQ communities to increase their knowledge and reduce their vulnerability to HIV, AIDS and sexually transmitted infections through prevention, outreach and harm reduction programming that is delivered in communities across Toronto.

Learn more about Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention >>>

9. The 519 (Toronto)

The 519 provides a range of services from counselling and queer parenting resources to coming out groups, trans programming, and senior’s support. They also provide free, accommodating and non-judgemental space where individuals, organizations and non-profit groups can meet, organize and work towards their goals.

Learn more about The 519 >>>

10. Tone Cluster (Ottawa)

Tone Cluster is a 35-voice auditioned choir for queer people and their allies in Ottawa. They have created a queer-positive environment where singers can be themselves while striving for choral excellence.

Learn more about Tone Cluster >>>

11. Max Ottawa (Ottawa)

Max Ottawa offers health and wellness services and programs for men who are into men in Ottawa. Their services include counselling, education, yoga, HIV & STBBI testing, and provision of harm reduction supplies.

Learn more about Max Ottawa >>>

12. Kind Space (Ottawa)

Kind Space offers people a physical place where they can just be, even if they don’t fully understand who they are. They also provide personal and peer support so individuals can understand and inhabit their particular identities with confidence and courage.

Learn more about Kind Space >>>

13. Queer Events (London, ON)

Queer Events is an online portal that creates opportunities for the queer community to connect through our events, programs & initiatives and contributes to a more inclusive, diverse and welcoming queer community through education and advocacy.

Learn more about Queer Events >>>

14. Welcome Friend Association (Thessalon)

Welcome Friend hosts Rainbow Camp, a 1-week camp for 2SLGBTQ+ youth aged 12-17, and Rainbow Online Connection, virtual camps for summer 2020. They also offer education and resources to help young people to be comfortable being themselves.

Learn more about Welcome Friend >>>

15. Out on the Shelf (Guelph)

Out on the Shelf hosts a queer library and resource centre and runs monthly programming including clubs for running, knitting, networking, and “gaymes.”

Learn more about Out on the Shelf >>>

16. Windsor Pride Community (Windsor)

Windsor Pride Community delivers corporate training, curates events, runs workshops, produces research, hosts community and social and peer support groups, shares information to – and makes referrals for – clients and service providers, and nourishes the community’s mental health and wellness.

Learn more about Windsor Pride >>>

17. Pflag (Canada)

Pflag offers peer-to-peer support for all Canadians struggling with issues around sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. They also offer support for their families.

Learn more about Pflag >>>

18. Egale (Canada)

Egale is a national organization that educates and advocates for the LGBTQI2S community, and also provides inclusivity training for organizations and schools.

Learn more about Egale >>>

19. Trans Lifeline (Canada/US)

Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the resources they need, including a peer support hotline and microgrants.

Learn more about Trans Lifeline >>>

A girl in a crowd wears rainbow glitter makeup

Photo by Mick De Paola on Unsplash

In honour of Pride Month 2020, we’re highlighting organizations across Canada that support the LGBTQ+ community. For this post, we have listed organizations that are centred in Ontario or have local chapters there. You can draw upon these orgs if and when you need their services; alternatively, if you have the means, you can support the amazing work that they do.

Do you know of an organization that we should add to the list? Let us know by emailing us at support@rocketmanapp.com.

1. Queer Ontario (Ontario)

Queer Ontario is a provincial network of gender and sexually diverse individuals and their allies who are committed to questioning, challenging, and reforming the laws, institutional practices, and social norms that regulate queer people. Their programs include a provincial LGBTQ+ directory and an ideas space called the Queer Ontario Think Tank, among others.

Learn more about Queer Ontario >>>

2. LGBT Youthline (Ontario)

A peer support service offered through telephone, texting, and live chat for 2SLGBTQ youth up to age 29. All volunteers are trained peer supporters ages 16-29 with a diversity of 2SLGBTQ+ identities and lived experiences.

Learn more about LGBT Youthline >>>

3. Rainbow Health Ontario (Ontario)

“Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) is a province-wide program of Sherbourne Health that works to promote the health of Ontario’s LGBT2SQ communities and improve their access to services. RHO creates resources, provides information and consultation services, delivers education and training, and supports research to develop evidence-based practice and informed public policy.”

Learn more about Rainbow Health Ontario >>>

4. The Get Real Movement (Toronto)

The Get Real Movement is focused on combatting 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination and promoting acceptance in schools, summer camps, and workplaces by offering inclusivity workshops and leadership development programs. Their programming aims to break down prejudice, promote unity, and foster compassion in our world.

Learn more about The Get Real Movement >>>

5. Pride Toronto (Toronto)

Pride Toronto supports the LGBT2Q+ communities of Toronto and beyond through live and virtual events, including the annual Pride Festival and parades.

Learn more about Pride Toronto >>>

6. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto)

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is the largest and longest-running queer theatre company in the world. Buddies offers a year-round program that includes a full season of queer theatre, new works festivals, artist residencies, and intergenerational training and education initiatives.

Learn more about Buddies >>>

7. Support Our Youth (Toronto, ON)

Support Our Youth provides health promotion services and programming centred on supporting the health and well-being goals established by LGBT2SQ youth and young adults, many of whom are homeless, racialized, and newcomers to Canada. They also host Black Queer Youth (BQY), a weekly drop-in group that celebrates Black queer and trans spectrum people’s experiences and accomplishments.

Learn more about Support Our Youth >>>

8. Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Toronto, ON)

Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention provides support services for clients living with or affected by HIV or AIDS including counselling, settlement, practical and peer support, employment, housing and social support services. They also work with men, women, youth and LGBTQ communities to increase their knowledge and reduce their vulnerability to HIV, AIDS and sexually transmitted infections through prevention, outreach and harm reduction programming that is delivered in communities across Toronto.

Learn more about Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention >>>

9. The 519 (Toronto)

The 519 provides a range of services from counselling and queer parenting resources to coming out groups, trans programming, and senior’s support. They also provide free, accommodating and non-judgemental space where individuals, organizations and non-profit groups can meet, organize and work towards their goals.

Learn more about The 519 >>>

10. Tone Cluster (Ottawa)

Tone Cluster is a 35-voice auditioned choir for queer people and their allies in Ottawa. They have created a queer-positive environment where singers can be themselves while striving for choral excellence.

Learn more about Tone Cluster >>>

11. Max Ottawa (Ottawa)

Max Ottawa offers health and wellness services and programs for men who are into men in Ottawa. Their services include counselling, education, yoga, HIV & STBBI testing, and provision of harm reduction supplies.

Learn more about Max Ottawa >>>

12. Kind Space (Ottawa)

Kind Space offers people a physical place where they can just be, even if they don’t fully understand who they are. They also provide personal and peer support so individuals can understand and inhabit their particular identities with confidence and courage.

Learn more about Kind Space >>>

13. Queer Events (London, ON)

Queer Events is an online portal that creates opportunities for the queer community to connect through our events, programs & initiatives and contributes to a more inclusive, diverse and welcoming queer community through education and advocacy.

Learn more about Queer Events >>>

14. Welcome Friend Association (Thessalon)

Welcome Friend hosts Rainbow Camp, a 1-week camp for 2SLGBTQ+ youth aged 12-17, and Rainbow Online Connection, virtual camps for summer 2020. They also offer education and resources to help young people to be comfortable being themselves.

Learn more about Welcome Friend >>>

15. Out on the Shelf (Guelph)

Out on the Shelf hosts a queer library and resource centre and runs monthly programming including clubs for running, knitting, networking, and “gaymes.”

Learn more about Out on the Shelf >>>

16. Windsor Pride Community (Windsor)

Windsor Pride Community delivers corporate training, curates events, runs workshops, produces research, hosts community and social and peer support groups, shares information to – and makes referrals for – clients and service providers, and nourishes the community’s mental health and wellness.

Learn more about Windsor Pride >>>

17. Pflag (Canada)

Pflag offers peer-to-peer support for all Canadians struggling with issues around sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. They also offer support for their families.

Learn more about Pflag >>>

18. Egale (Canada)

Egale is a national organization that educates and advocates for the LGBTQI2S community, and also provides inclusivity training for organizations and schools.

Learn more about Egale >>>

19. Trans Lifeline (Canada/US)

Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the resources they need, including a peer support hotline and microgrants.

Learn more about Trans Lifeline >>>

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