LGBTQ Support Services

 

The following LGBTQ services and programs are recommended by the David Kelley Services of Family Services Toronto.
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The 519 Trans Services/Programs

Website: www.the519.org

A Toronto-based community centre, The 519 is a meeting place and focus for its vital and varied downtown Toronto community. Within a supportive environment, it responds to community issues and needs by supplying the resources and opportunities to foster self-determination. It is committed to principles of accessibility, voluntarism, individual dignity and value, participation and celebration.

Resources: A range of downloadable publications is available.

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CTYS Pride and Prejudice

Website: www.ctys.org/programs#pp

A Toronto-based youth service agency that offers unique programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, transgender, transsexual and questioning youth 25 and under. Through individual counselling and group work, programs support youth who are exploring or challenged by a range of identity and gender issues.

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FORGE (For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression)

Website: www.forge-forward.org

Based in Millwaukee, WI. A national education, advocacy and support umbrella organization supporting FTM+s (female-to-male transsexuals and transgenderists, and others who were assigned female at birth but who have some level of masculine identification) and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Family, Friends and Allies).

Resources: A range of downloadable publications is available.

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Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Website: www.thetaskforce.org

A US-based national organization, the mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community through training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of the movement.

Resources: A range of downloadable publications is available, including Trans Equality: A Handbook for Activists and Policy Makershttp://thetaskforce.org/reports_and_research/trans_equality.

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Illinois Gender Advocate

Website: www.genderadvocates.org

The vision of Illinois Gender Advocates is to create a community that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every person, regardless of gender identity or gender expression. This website has a great list of links and resources for a variety of trans issues.

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Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line

Website: www.youthline.ca

Phone: 1-800-268-9688

The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth line is a Toronto-based, toll-free, Ontario-wide, peer-support phone line for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, 2-spirited, queer and questioning young people – we know where you’re coming from. TTY service for the hearing impaired is available.

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Queer Trans Men

Website: www.queertransmen.org

A website created by the Gay/Bi/Queer Transmen Working Group of the Ontario Gay Men’s HIV Prevention Strategy. The group is made up of transmen and non-transmen (both community members and service providers) living and working in Ontario, Canada and is dedicated to raising awareness about the sexual health of transmen and sharing knowledge around our complex bodies, sexualities and sex lives.

Resources: The list includes Primed: The Back Pocket Guide for Transmen & the Men Who Dig Themhttp://queertransmen.org/images/primed.pdf.

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Sherbourne Health Centre – Health Care for the Transgendered and Transsexual Community

Website: www.sherbourne.on.ca

A community health centre based in downtown Toronto, the Sherbourne Health Centre provides innovative primary health care, counselling, support, outreach, health promotion, and education programs to our clients – the many individuals who reflect the diverse and vibrant communities of southeast Toronto.

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SOY: Supporting Our Youth

Website: www.soytoronto.org

Located in the Sherbourne Community Health Centre. Improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual youth in Toronto through the active involvement of adults working together with youth.

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Survivor Project

Website: www.survivorproject.org

A US-based, non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of intersex and trans survivors of domestic and sexual violence through caring action, education and expanding access to resources and to opportunities for action. Since 1997, we have provided presentations, workshops, consultation, materials, information and referrals to many anti-violence organizations and universities across the country, as well as gathered information about issues faced by intersex and trans survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Resources: A range of downloadable publications is available.

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Trans Alliance Society: Embracing Gender Diversity

Website: www.transalliancesociety.org

Based in Vancouver, BC, TAS was founded several years ago as a province-wide (BC) coalition, with the aim of building connections between individuals and groups working on trans issues. The purpose of TAS is to provide varied forums and resources to assist in the personal development, growth, and contact of its members with the transgendered community; promote knowledge and understanding of trans culture in all its diversity; build a sense of community through contact with other organizations or individuals sharing similar objectives; and work toward removing all barriers that negatively impact the transgendered community.

Resources: Provides a range of downloadable publications, including Re/Defining Gender and Sex: Educating for Trans, Transsexual and Intersex Access and Inclusion to Sexual Assault Centres and Transition Houseshttp://www.transalliancesociety.org/education/documents/03cwhitethesis.pdf.

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National Center for Lesbian Rights

Website: www.nclrights.org

A national legal organization based in San Francisco. Through impact litigation, public policy advocacy, public education, collaboration with other social justice organizations and activists, and direct legal services, they advance the legal and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families across the United States.

Resources: A range of downloadable publications is available.

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National Center for Transgender Equality

Website: http://transequality.org

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a US-based 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

Resources: A range of downloadable publications is available.

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Trans Health

Website: www.trans-health.com

A volunteer-run website, based in New York, that provides information on health and fitness for trans people.

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Trans Accessibility Project
Website: www.queensu.ca/humanrights/tap/index.html

Making women’s shelter accessible to transgendered women.

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Information on this page gathered from: David Kelley Services, Family Service Toronto.