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Advocates in Alberta
for the Trans Community

Various individuals, transgender/non-binary or other, are actively advocating on behalf of the community. They are available as speakers and educators.  Check their contact information or website for further information.





Most of these organisations not only support the community, but have people who will come out and speak at your workplace, organisation, school, etc. 

Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services (iSMSS) is now...

Fyrefly Institute for Gender and Sexual Diversity

University of Alberta, Faculty of Education, 5-181 Education North, 11210 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5.

The Fyrefly Institute for Gender and Sexual Diversity (Formerly the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services; iSMSS) is a non-profit organization and research institute housed in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.

    Fyrefly provides programs and services to support the 2SLGBTQ+ community and its allies. Our work also involves partnerships with organizations such the Calgary Centre for Sexuality, Boyle Street Community Services, and the Pride Centre of Edmonton to provide direct services, including crisis intervention, mental health supports, and 2SLGBTQ+ education."



Twitter:       @fyrefly_ua

Family Resiliency Project: 

"The Family Resilience Project, operating through the CHEW Project and Fyrefly Institute at the University of Alberta, offers free short-term counselling to sexual and gender diverse (2SLGBTQ+) children, youth, and families. 

     Services are available for residents of Alberta, including the University of Alberta community. If you or someone you know requires counselling please email us at (Limited Availability)

     We expect to have more capacity later this spring. Please feel free to email now with questions, or check back in April 2024 for updates. Thanks for your understanding."

Pride Centre of Edmonton
“We are grateful to be invited to opportunities to speak to the public about our work and our values. Representatives from the media are asked to reach out to our office manager, who will forward your request appropriately.”
Media Requests (780) 488-3234


Skipping Stone: Training & Education
Skipping Stone Foundation. Calgary-based but for Albertans.
"We’ve worked with businesses, non-profits and government across the country delivering comprehensive training and education around gender diversity, inclusion of trans and gender diverse individuals, and trans affirming practices. All of our educational and training sessions are delivered by educators and facilitators with extensive experience in working with the trans community and is offered through a unique combination of sharing of lived experience and evidence-based practices."


Trans Equality Society of Alberta (TESA)

“TESA’s mission is to be a witness to and a voice for matters concerning trans Albertans. TESA was formed in the hopes that building a traditional non-profit advocacy group would open opportunities for formal engagement with authorities who otherwise overlook the unique needs of the larger trans community. TESA engages in advocacy and education in three primary areas: government, outreach, and community development.”

Queer & Trans Health Collective (QTHC)

Suite 202, 10526 Jasper Ave, Edmonton

"The Queer & Trans Health Collective (QTHC) is a grassroots health organization run by and for queer and trans community members.

     Our vision is for all queer and trans community members to have equitable opportunity to experience positive health and well-being.

     Working alongside our community, we empower queer and trans well-being through programming which promotes equitable access to health education, support, capacity building, community-based research, and provider training."




       These individuals are well-known advocates in the trans community.

       Most are public speakers.


Dr. Kristopher Wells, PhD
Faculty, Grant MacEwan University
Canada Research Chair, (Tier II) for the Public Understanding of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth

Office: City Centre Campus, 10700 – 104 Avenue, Edmonton, AB
Phone:  780-497-5296   Click for EMAIL.

”Dr. Kristopher Wells specializes in sexual and gender minority youth, education, health, sport and culture. He is one of the driving forces behind the creation of many ground-breaking initiatives including PrideTap and, which has been featured across the world in more than 50 publications including the Economist, Atlantic, Independent and Guardian. Dr. Wells is a frequently invited national and international speaker on sexual and gender minority youth issues. He has served as an expert scientific consultant to the Federal Government of Canada, Canadian Senate, Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Canadian Teachers’ Federation, RCMP, Public Health Agency of Canada, UNESCO, World Health Organization and many provincial and municipal governments across Canada. Currently, Dr. Wells serves as the co-editor of the International Journal of LGBT Youth, which is the world’s leading research publication on LGBT youth. His early career work has been recognized with over 50 scholarly and community awards and recognitions including the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s Public Education Award, University of Alberta’s Alumni Horizon Award and an Alberta Centennial


Marni Panas
Marni Panas Consulting
”As a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP™), Marni Panas provides a wide range of diversity & inclusion, health and community engagement consulting and education services to a variety of clients. Marni uses her passions for meaningful engagement and collaboration to create positive change, nurture relationships and improve experiences for all stakeholders. 

Diversity & Inclusion / Public speaker on a variety of topics including leadership, living authentically, diversity and inclusion LGBTQ2S+ cultural safety / Facilitation and consultation services / Creation and nurturing of advisory councils.

For more information, contact:
Phone:   780.953.8867

How Marni Panas helped make history for gender identity and expression in Alberta

By Scott Messenger. Tech Life Today, Nov 2016.


Susanne Braune ​(She/Her)

​Edmonton Pflag Chapter Leader

1-888-530-6777 Ext 581

Click for:  EmailFacebookInstagram.

​Kelsey Robbins, Executive Director

Outloud St Albert  &  Pflag St Albert

"Since 2014, Outloud LGBTQ experts speak and present workshops on sexuality and gender identity to your school, group, or business, providing resource materials and activities.

From interactive workshops in small groups to assemblies with over 3,000 participants, our featured speakers and Youth Leaders have educated and advocated for equality and inclusion with engaging stories, fun humour, and easy-to-action takeaways."

Click for: Facebook page.

Tammy Plunkett

Author. Advocate. Advisor.





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