To support students, families and our community, we have put together the following resources and supports from clinical and community organizations.
Community Supports and Online Resources
ACCKWA works toward a future where new HIV, hepatitis C, and sexually-transmitted or blood-borne infections are rare in Waterloo Region. People living with HIV will feel that maintaining health, well-being and full community participation are achievable, realistic goals.
Resources from ACCKWA
Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights
Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights is a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally.
Resources from Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights
Egale’s vision is a Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and all other forms of oppression so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.
Resources from Egale Canada
The goal of gegi.ca is to equip all Ontario students and teachers – whether transgender or cisgender – with the tools to advocate for the right to express and live their gender in their own way without experiencing discrimination, harassment or violence, and without being told they have to change.
Gender Creative Kids
Gender Creative Kids is a charity based in Tio’tia:ke (Montréal) that advocates for the inclusion of trans and non-binary youth in all spheres of life. Driven by values of solidarity, openness, and respect for gender inclusiveness, we advocate for the elimination of transphobia and the systemic violence that results from this. We take a trans-affirmative approach that encourages a healthy and safe exploration of gender for children, enabling trans and non-binary youth to express their identities in authentic ways.
Gender Spectrum is an organization committed to the health and well-being of gender-diverse children and teens through education and support for families, and training and guidance for educators, medical and mental health providers, and other professionals.
Every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education. GLSEN are a national network of educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters working to make this a reality.
Resources from GLSEN
LGBT YouthLine is a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (29 and under) across Ontario.
OK2BME is a set of support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) kids and teens in the Waterloo Region.
Pflag Canada is proud to be Canada’s only national organization that offers peer-to-peer support striving to help all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. We support, educate and provide resources to anyone with questions or concerns. We promise to offer local, practical, and emotional peer-to-peer family support for individuals and their loved ones challenged by gender/sexual identity.
Queer Events (QE) is a local 2SLGBTQ+ organization committed to working towards a strong, inclusive & accessible Queer community.
Resources from Queer Events
Salaam Canada is a national volunteer-run organization dedicated to creating and cultivating safe and supportive spaces for LGBTQ Muslims. We celebrate the diverse experiences of our community and support LGBTQ people who identify with Islam ritually, culturally, spiritually, or religiously. Salaam Canada advocates for social justice and addresses the intersecting issues around homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, and racism.
Resources from Salaam Canada
SPECTRUM is an organization that serves, affirms, and supports the well-being of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals in Waterloo Region and the broader community through peer support, community partnerships, education and training, resources, and events.
Resources from SPECTRUM
- Directories and Online Resources | SPECTRUM
- Events | SPECTRUM
- Resources | SPECTRUM
- Trans and Gender Diverse Mental Health, Wellness and Suicide Prevention Toolkit | SPECTRUM
HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools is the most comprehensive bias-based bullying prevention program in the nation to provide LGBTQ+ and gender inclusive professional development training, lesson plans, booklists and resources specifically designed for educators and youth-serving professionals.
More Supports and Resources
- GenderJabber (Talking to kids about gender)
- Gender Variant Working Group (Facebook Group)
- Rainbow Community Council