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Support Groups &
Supportive Organisations

- Alberta & Canada -

There are organisations and Facebook sites offering in-person or online support groups, or one-on-one supports.

 

Contact each organisation to confirm details of their support group meetings, as many have been moved online or suspended during the pandemic.

See Resources for Youth (under "In the Trans Community") for LGBTQ2S+ children, including youth camps.

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ALBERTA

AIRDRIE

 

Airdrie Pride Society

Events page lists support groups and social events.

Parenting with Pride support group is for parents and caregivers. "All parents and caregivers are welcome to come to learn more about raising children, teens, or young adults who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Non-binary, pansexual or are questioning their identity or orientation.”

"Email tammy@airdriepride.ca for the private Zoom link to attend."

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CALGARY AND AREA

Calgary Outlink: Peer Support

Calgary's Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity.
“Calgary Outlink is a community-based, not-for-profit charity dedicated to providing support, education, outreach, and referrals for the LGBTQ2IA+ and allied community in Calgary, Alberta.

MissionCalgary Outlink is a connection point for gender and sexually diverse people to community and support.
Vision:  Calgary Outlink envisions a world where gender and sexually diverse communities foster connection and care to embrace their authenticity in community and self.
Peer SupportReach out to us. We are pleased to offer peer support services to the community. You are welcome to reach out for support, referrals, or to simply have a chat with us. We're happy to meet for a one-time session, or to have regular check-ins for as long as you need."
Community groups include:

---  Inside Out Youth Group:   "A fun, casual, and simultaneously supportive community group for 2SLGBTQ+ identified or questioning youth ages 13-18 along with their friends, family and allies. The group is a safe and welcoming place for all. Group facilitators are trained peers from the community."

---  Lavender Teatime:   "A community group for those whose identities are informed and understood in relation to experiences of queer womanhood, including trans, non binary, and cis folks as they feel comfortable in this space. We also recognize that our unique identities can shape the ways we experience and are experienced by the world and that our experiences might not align even when we share identities. There are endless ways to identify and even more ways of being in community. If you feel that you align with this group, you are welcome here!"

Go to main WEBSITE which has MANY resources.

Calgary Outlink:  You Matter

2SLGBTQ+ Peer Support & Resource Line.   CALL OR TEXT (587) 800-4121

Online chat:   Click on the chat window at the bottom of any page on our website to chat with a volunteer.

Operating hours:  Mon-Thur:  5:00--9:00 PM.  Saturday: 1:00--5:00 PM.

"You Matter is a non-crisis peer support and resource (phone) line for 2SLGBTQ+ community members in Calgary, run by Calgary Outlink. The line is open to callers of any age and identity who are looking for support or resources

     The support line launched on September 6, 2022, and is operated by Outlink volunteers. You can call about anything you’re looking for support with, including identity, relationships, coming out, transitioning, community, resources, and more."

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Calgary Pride
“Mission: Calgary Pride is a not-for-profit organization that exists to promote equality and celebrate Calgary’s diversity. Vision: Our city, free from discrimination against gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.” Calgary and area.

 

From Me to We

Centre for Sexuality. Calgary.

"Centre for Sexuality is launching From Me to We, a program which creates a safe and welcoming space just for transgender, Two-Spirit, non-binary and gender non-conforming youth to build knowledge, skills, confidence, and social connection.

What is this program all about?

    Program participants will explore their identities; experience a sense of belonging and acceptance; and build their knowledge, skills, and confidence to develop, participate, and maintain healthy relationships with themselves, others, and their communities.

    The program includes 3 Modules: Relationship with Self, Relationships with Others and Relationships with Community over 13 weeks. Sessions will be one weeknight per week, plus four Social Saturdays over the course of the program. Sessions will be a mix of online and in-person at the Central Library.

    We will be running programs for two cohorts: 14-17 and 18-20 years of age.

    Join us!  If you are gender diverse and between the ages of 14 and 20 (trans, Two-Spirit, non-binary, gender non-conforming, etc), please sign up!"

    Questions?  Reach out to Melia at mwylie@centreforsexuality.ca

Gender creative families night

Joint partnership of The Centre for Sexuality and Families Matter.  Calgary.

First Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7:30.

"This program is for parents and caregivers of gender creative children.

Learning how to best support the gender creative children in your lives.

The Centre For Sexuality, in partnership with Families Matter, welcomes parents, families and caregivers of gender creative (Trans*, non-binary, gender independent, gender fluid, gender-queer, gender non-conforming) children, aged 4-14, to a monthly gathering.

    This support group is an opportunity for caregivers to share stories and experiences, support each other in a non-judgmental and safe atmosphere, and to learn more about gender creativity.

     The group is facilitated by the 2SLGBTQ+ Natural Supports Worker from Centre for Sexuality (formerly Calgary Sexual Health Centre) and includes resource sharing as well as discussion time."

Parent workshops

Centre for Sexuality. Calgary.

"It’s never too early or too late to start talking to your kids about sexuality and relationships. Our parent workshops help caregivers navigate these conversations and provide practical tips and strategies to help."

      "Easier Than You Think Workshops".  We provide workshops designed to increase parents’ confidence and comfort in talking with their children about sexuality and relationships. Interactive activities and discussion help parents identify their family’s values about sexuality and clarify how to communicate these to their children.  Issues addressed include why you should talk with your child about sexuality; your child’s physical, mental, emotional, and social development; how to give easy answers to tough questions; and where to find more information and support.  You’ll leave feeling better prepared to respond to your children’s questions, and more comfortable and confident talking with their children about sexuality. 

     "Talking to Children 0-12 Years Workshop goal":  To increase parents’ confidence and comfort in talking with their children 0-12 years old about sexuality."

PFLAG Canada, Calgary Chapter
Contact: Sean

PHONE:   403-234-8973

EMAIL:   calgaryab@pflagcanada.ca

FACEBOOK:   PFLAG Canada - Calgary Chapter (all Welcome)

Skipping Stone

A fantastic Calgary-based organisation that supports all Albertans.

"Skipping Stone leads the way in providing affirming care to trans and gender-diverse youth, adults, and families.

      We offer a welcoming, positive, and judgement-free space for anyone who identities as trans, transgender, non-binary, or gender diverse, as well as those questioning, exploring or looking to affirming their gender identity or expression.
     We look forward, and are honoured, to get the privilege of helping all our clients thrive, from kiddos as young as 6 or 7 to adults into their 60s or 70s, as well as parents, partners, families and all those who love and support trans and gender diverse folks.
     Our unique comprehensive care model focuses on supporting people as the whole, healthy, wonderful humans they are and connecting trans and gender diverse youth, adults and families to the supports and services they need and deserve and has attracted national and international attention and acclaim.
     Through a client-centred, collaborative approach, we empower individuals to achieve their goals by assembling a support team tailored specifically to them. These teams might include community team members, peer mentors and coaches, social workers, mental health and health care professionals, or more.

      Since our inception six years ago, we have impacted the lives of over 10,000 individuals across Alberta."

GROUPS:

Check their Groups page to see what are online or on-site in Calgary.

  • Tender Hearts is for all 16 and over within the trans man or trans masculine umbrella.

  • Strong Hearts is for everyone 16 and over within the trans woman or trans feminine umbrella.

  • Flowing Hearts is for all 16 and over within the non-binary or genderqueer umbrella.

  • Mosaic Hearts is for all 16 and over who are trans, non-binary and gender diverse individuals and who are a part of a racialized community.

  • Young Hearts is for everyone 40 over within the trans woman or trans feminine umbrella.

  • Open Hearts is for all trans, non-binary and gender diverse individuals.

  • Caring Hearts is for families, parents, and caregivers of trans and gender diverse children, youth and teens. (all meetings are on Zoom)

  • Creative Hearts is for everyone (queer, trans or ally) ages 12 to 19, looking to express themselves through any sort of art form.

  • Big Hearts is for trans, gender diverse and gender creative children under the age of 12 and their caregivers.

Calgary Non-Binary & Transgender Society (private group)

"A friendly community-based group that is focussed on supporting those in the Transgender and Non-Binary spectrums.

     We host many in person and online gatherings locally in Calgary and surrounding areas. These events are always family-friendly and open to allies as well.

Facebook public page.  EmailSkylarbuzzell@outlook.com

 

Calgary Non-Binary & Transgender Support Group    (private group)

"A place for Calgary and area Non-Binary & Transgender folks to relax and be themselves. Everything posted here can only be seen by fellow members, not your family or Facebook friends (unless they are also in the group). This is and always will be a safe place for us to seek advice from each other, gather opinions and generally be supportive."

CAMROSE

Camrose Pride Community

Contact to see if meetings are currently on.  "Friends and family meetings first Monday of every Month 6-8 pm at the Camrose Library, Bunker"

EDMONTON AND AREA

Pflag Canada, Edmonton Chapter Meetings

Contact Pflag Edmonton Chapter for current meeting schedule. These are current support group meetings:

  • Open to All Support  -- in-person group that welcomes everyone

  • Transgender-Exclusive  -- in-person meeting

  • Parent, Spouse, Loved Ones & Supporters  -- in-person meeting

 

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 

Susanne, Chapter Leader for Pflag Edmonton

Phone:  1 888 530 6777  Ext 581

Email:    edmontonab@pflagcanada.ca

PUBLIC Facebook page:  "PFLAG Canada , Edmonton AB" Community Organisation

( https://www.facebook.com/edmontonpflag )

PRIVATE Facebook group: "PFLAG Canada , Edmonton AB Group"

( https://www.facebook.com/groups/411527066273020 )

INSTAGRAM:  ( https://www.instagram.com/pflagedmonton/ )\

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PFLAG Canada, Seahorse Chapter (Edmonton)

NOTE:  Call or email first regarding as to when the meetings are.

“Seahorse Circle is a play date liberated from gender norms and expectations facilitated by a mentor for children under the age of 12 and their friends and family. Families can meet one another, talk, socialize and find a supportive space that normalizes and embraces their children’s exploration and expression of gender. This program is funded by Alberta Health Services."

Contact:   Shaunna
Phone:   1-888-530-6777  ext 571

Email:   seahorseab@pflagcanada.ca

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Pride Centre of Edmonton
10610 105 Ave, Edmonton.  (780) 488-3234

Email:   hello@pridecentre of edmonton.ca

CLICK TO GO -> ALL PRIDE CENTRE CONTACT INFO

The Pride Centre of Edmonton is located on the second floor at 10610 105 Avenue in Edmonton. Our space is wheelchair accessible, and our washrooms are single-use and gender universal.

    The Centre provides a non-judgmental, welcoming space where people of all attractions, identities, and expressions can be themselves, find support, meet new people, and be part of a caring community.

    The Centre offers resources, volunteer opportunities, counselling, and sensitive and expert information and referrals for those seeking help. The Centre also organizes programs to help improve the social, mental, and physical health of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community."

PROGRAMS INCLUDE:

Drop-in Single Session Counselling

Information & Referral

LGBTQ+ Newcomers & Refugees Edmonton

QueerOUT Youth Programming.

    ---  Email: youth@pridecentreofedmonton.ca

    ---  Call or text (825) 255-6876

*  Trans & Gender Diverse Program:  call or text (587) 206-0277

*  Josh Brown Wellness Resource Center:  call or text (587) 306-3671

March 2024 Update:

   Drop-in hours on Mondays from 2-4 PM for trans and gender diverse adults 18+

   Our binder exchange program has been expanded to include items to support other genders and needs related to our care when available -  breast forms, STP devices, wedge pillows, etc.

    We have launched the Joshua Brown Wellness Resource Centre to support community members with complex system navigation - so things like housing, income support, food security, sexual health - send folks our way!

 

TEAM:

Executive Director:   operations@pridecentreofedmonton.ca

Program Assistant:   jude@pridecentreofedmonton.ca

Josh Brown Wellness Resource Center:   wellness@pridecentreofedmonton.ca

Trans and Gender-Diverse Program Navigator:   sk.gender@pridecentreofedmonton.ca 

Youth Support Program Navigator:   youth@pridecentreofedmonton.ca

HOURS

Monday:  Youth Chill n Chat (online) | 5:30pm-7:30pm

Tuesday:  Public Drop-in | 4pm-7pm | Single Session Counselling | 2pm-7pm

Wednesday:  Queer-OUT Youth Drop-in | 4pm-8pm

Thursday:  Public Drop-in | 5pm-6:30pm | Single Session Counselling | 4pm-7pm

Friday:  QTHC Spectrum Program Drop-in | 2pm-8pm

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The Chew Project, University of Alberta

7103 105 Street NW, Edmonton, AB.  Phone:

"The CHEW Project is home… provides community and positive role modeling for youth and emerging adults so they can experience pride in their identity, realize personal growth and engage in a healthy transition to adulthood."

Email: chewproject@ualberta.ca

Supportive Parents          (Alberta / Edmonton)
The altView Foundation.

"The altView Foundation works with LGBTQ2S+ youth in schools, facilitates staff training and PD days, conducts health class presentations, and supports the great work of Gay Straight Alliances in those schools. Through that work, we realized a very important group of people who were lacking for supports: parents and families. Youth supports are growing across the province but parents and families have often been overlooked.

    The altView Foundation believes that parents and families are crucial to the support of LGBTQ2S+ youth. The support of loved ones can often mean the difference between life and death for many youth LGBTQ2S+ people. But there is a journey toward that acceptance and support, and many families don’t know how or where to start. If you are in this position, know that you’re not alone. There is a collective wisdom when it comes to raising children, a wealth of knowledge and experiences out there for any number of struggles that parents and families can face. But when it comes to raising an LGBTQ2S+ child and navigating those unique challenges, there are gaps in that collective wisdom.

    Supportive Parents is envisioned to be a resource to help fill those gaps. It will host peer-to-peer articles, surveys, blogs, resources, and so much more. If you have specific concerns or feedback on our page, please reach out via our contact page."
 

​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."

Facebook.

Instagram:  @fyrefly.institute

Twitter:       @fyrefly_ua

Family Resiliency Project:  Through a partnership with the LGBTQ Wellness Centre, the Family Resilience Project offers free short-term counselling to sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ) children, youth, and families." For info on upcoming sessions, email: fyrefly@ualberta.ca or call 780-492-0772.

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."

    

Trans and Nonbinary Pals of YEG

"Hello and welcome to Trans and Nonbinary Pals of Edmonton and area!!  We are an inclusive group that is cis-free. The group was created because we felt there wasn't a place for trans and nonbinary people to huddle together to survive living in Alberta. This group is for socializing and sharing advice. (please check the announcements after you join!)"

The Rainbow Pages  -  2SLGBTQ+ Youth Resource Guide

By the Family Centre of Northern Alberta.

"These resources are intended to meet the needs of a broad audience. Some content is intended for mature youth. Please review the content before sharing resources with youth.

The Rainbow Pages is a resource guide developed by The Family Centre of Northern Alberta to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+ (LGBTQ+) youth and the youth --  serving community with a consolidated guide of supports available in Edmonton."

The Family Centre

#20, 9912-106 Street NW, Edmonton, AB.

The Family Centre in Edmonton publishes The Rainbow Pages among their other services.

"Transitioning into adulthood can be tough. You are figuring out who you are, including your sexual orientation and gender identity. Whether you are unsure or very clear, there are tons of supports available in our city.

    The Family Centre is a safe space for everyone. People of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, experiences, gender expressions, gender identities, religions, and sexual orientations are welcome to access our services

    We can support you to navigate through change, raise healthy children, develop strong and healthy relationships, and heal from trauma. Whether embarking on one of life’s most exciting adventures—like getting married or having children—or going through a challenging, traumatic situation, The Family Centre will help you move forward positively. We can support you to navigate through change, raise healthy children, develop strong and healthy relationships, and heal from trauma."

Click to download: PDF of The Rainbow Pages

FORT MCMURRAY & WOOD BUFFALO REGION

Pride YMM

"Pride YMM is a group of community members committed to raising awareness and promoting inclusion of LGBTQ2S+ people in Wood Buffalo.

      Pride YMM coordinates LGBTQ2S+ affirming events, support programs, advocates for LGBTQ2S+ inclusion, and provides training and resources.  Our goal is to unite and empower gender diverse people and people of diverse sexual orientations. We aim to foster belonging and create safer spaces and communities for all. "

Check Programs page to get more information on support groups, including:

---- Supporting Hearts

A support group for parents, caregivers, family members and partners of transgender and gender diverse children and adults. A space to share experiences and stories as they work to understand and support their loved ones. 

First Monday of the Month. Contact us for more information.

--- Trans Support Group   

A support group for trans and gender diverse folks. Contact us for more details and for the date and location of the next meet up! Takes place virtually the last Monday of the month, contact us to get the meeting link!

EMAIL:   infoprideymm@gmail.com

PROGRAMShttps://prideymm.ca/programs

FORT SASKATCHEWAN

Rainbow Alliance

"Rainbow Alliance Is a peer led group offered in partnership with the City of Fort Saskatchewan that engages in activities picked by youth in attendance.  Activities might include board game nights, movies nights, discussion nights, and craft nights.  It meets every second Thursday at the Families First Society of Fort Saskatchewan at 9901 90 St, Fort Saskatchewan.  The group is open to youth up to the age 20. For more information,

contact kwahl@fortsask.ca "

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LACOMBE

The Lacombe Pride Society

"Building community for all LGBTQIA+ people and allies"

They also have a Caregivers Connect and Support Group. Contact them for more information.

Click to go to their Facebook page.

Other:  https://linktr.ee/lacombe.pride

LETHBRIDGE AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA

OUTreach Southern Alberta

Serves Lethbridge & southern Alberta. Numerous supports and resources.

​----- Trans Health Resources

“This guide is to help folks who are transgender, gender non-conforming, or gender questioning find health care resources for gender-affirming and gender-inclusive care. This guide also contains information covering a broad range of topics around gender identity including coming out, concepts and terminology, and much more!
  This information is adapted from the website previously managed by Arches Queer Health. OUTreach extends its gratitude to the individuals who developed this guide and collected this vast quantity of information for the benefit of queer and trans individuals in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta.  We do not own the information presented within this guide, we are only working to maintain the information and ensure it is up-to-date and current, as well as expanding on resources and topics and new information becomes available. With the defunding of the Arches Queer Health Program, OUTreach has taken on the project of ensuring these resources continue to be accessible and available to our community."

---- Trans Peer Support Group    

A support group for transgender individuals 18+ only. “The Trans Support Group is a peer-led social network that seeks primarily to combat the loneliness and isolation often felt by trans people and those journeying with them. This is not a professionally-run support group. Collectively, the Group can provide support, referrals to resources, and a place of ‘community,’ for individuals who are transgender, including gender non-conforming, non-binary, and other gender minorities. The group aims to provide a supportive environment for people to convey their gender expression in a safe, closed space. In order to do so we require, confidentiality and respect for individuals, their choices, pronouns, names, and personal expression. The group gathers on the 3rd Monday of each month via Zoom.

Click for info on meetings:  OUTreach Southern Alberta Society Facebook page.

​​MEDICINE HAT

Pride Association of Southeast Alberta

​"Pride Association of Southeast Alberta envisions an open and safe community for all to live. We strive to provide opportunities to celebrate diversity, love, and fellowship within our community.  We provide cultural, artistic, social and educational events which affirm the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, two-spirited and queer people and our allies and supporters throughout Southeast Alberta.

   We promote unity, inclusion, and awareness of sexual and gender diversity and aim to create a sense of community and safe spaces for LGBTQ2+ individuals, their families and their allies."

NORTH PEACE

Pflag Canada, North Peace Chapter

Contact:   Kari-Lyn

Phone:    1 888 530 6777  ext 597

Email:      northpeacepflag@pflagcanada.ca

RED DEER AND AREA

Central Alberta Pride Society (CAPS)

Alberta / Red Deer and area
“Central Alberta Pride Society was founded in 2012 to bring LGBTQ+ awareness and community to Red Deer and surrounding areas. The name was intentionally chosen to be inclusive of urban and rural areas surrounding Red Deer, recognizing that LGBTQIA2S+ people exist beyond city limits.

HOME - A Place For Youth to Live and Gather

Red Deer.  Phone: (403) 597-8496.  Email:  Home.ed.rd@gmail.com

Facebook page.

"Home is a Two-Spirit, Indigenous, Queer-Led Organization dedicated to offering hope, opportunity, mobilization, education, and advocacy to youth across central Alberta. Our paramount objective is to establish Safe Spaces for at-risk youth from all backgrounds. Through culturally sensitive and empowering initiatives, we aim to create environments where every young person feels valued, supported, and inspired to pursue their potential. By fostering inclusivity and understanding, we strive to be a catalyst for positive change, ensuring that every youth, regardless of their background, finds a welcoming haven to thrive, learn and grow."

PFLAG Canada, Red Deer Chapter
Contact: Tania Kim
1 888 530 6777  ext 562

Email:  reddeerab@pflagcanada.ca

Transgender and Non-Binary Aid Society (TANAS)
Box 213  4819C  48 Ave
Red Deer, AB   T4N 3T2

"T.A.N.A.S. is devoted to enriching the transgender and non-binary communities. We strive to inspire the generation of tomorrow, and empower our peers through advocacy, education, and by aiding trans and non-binary individuals in accessing the necessities
to become their authentic selves.”

Youth HQ

QMUNITY.  Supportive of ALL children, including gender-diverse.

"Youth HQ empowers youth by fostering a community of support. Our network seeks to instill young people with confidence in their unique identities and abilities while providing safe environments to learn and grow.

     Youth HQ coordinates programming for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer and District and Boys & Girls Club of Red Deer and District."

4808 - 50 St, Red Deer, AB. Phone: (403) 342 6500  Email:  info youthhq.ca

ST ALBERT (and area)

 

Pflag St Albert

"Dejan Hursin (former Outloud board member) will continue the Pflag St Albert meetings that were previously facilitated and housed through Outloud."

     Support meetings run every second Tuesday of the month. Start time 7:00 pm. Location is 215 Carnegie Drive, St Albert. Email Dejan at stalbertab@pflagcanada.ca for details.

Outloud St Albert / CLOSED

May 3, 2024:  Outloud St Albert posted the devastating news that they must close immediately due to financial reasons.

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SHERWOOD PARK

altView

Sherwood Park and area.

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"Since 2007, the altView Foundation has served the queer community in Strathcona County and surrounding areas with several programs. They are the HangOUT, a youth space/activity group, Thought Out, an all-ages discussion group, altView Writes, a course basesd program to assist queer and trans authors in getting their words out, and the altView Presents program, a series of presentations to various public and private groups regarding a variety of LGBTQ-themed topics. In addition to the wide range of programs it offers, altView also provides in- and out-of-school support to Elk Island Public Schools’ Gay/Straight Alliances, providing resources and support to students and staff who wish to work to make their schools safer spaces for LGBTQ students. The foundation has grown considerably since it began as a small youth group in 2007; altView now has an office in Sherwood Park and employs three part-time staff members."

Families of LGBTQS+ youth education and support

altView partnership with Family & Social Services in Sherwood Park.

"In partnership with Family and Community Services, we are proud to be offering two new free & facilitated support groups. The first is a support group for the families and caregivers of LGBTQ2S+ youth. We recognize and affirm that raising a youth is always challenging, the additional facets of raising a youth who is LGBTQ2S+ makes that challenge often more difficult to navigate. This group brings together families of all types and configurations to speak honestly about their experiences, support one another with the guidance of professional facilitation, and become connected to supports and resources out there for families like theirs."

See website for details on meeting times and dates. Counselling support group.

SPRUCE GROVE

Spruce Grove GSA

"Where 2SLGBTQ+ youth and allies, have a safe and inclusive environment. They can feel included, protected, and respected. This is our youth's space to be who they want to be!"

The SAFE (Support and Advocacy For Everyone) group is for adults 18+ and 2SLGBTQ+ adults and allies are welcome. They meet the 3rd Thursday of the month from 7-9 pm.

FacebookSpruce Grove GSA Society

Email:  sprucegrovegsa@gmail.com

TABER

 

Taber Equality Alliance

Taber Equality Alliance

“This page is for the TEA (Taber Equality Alliance) group to allow for more accessibility between us and the public.”

Phone (403) 393-2201

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ALBERTA-WIDE

SKIPPING STONE

Skipping Stone Foundation supports transgender youth in Alberta

By Devon Banfield. City News, 2021. CALGARY (660 NEWS).

Based in Calgary, Skipping Stone is a foundation that works to provide transgender and gender-diverse Albertans with resources to support them. In the past year, the foundation estimates they have supported more than 1,000 families in 17 Alberta communities.

     Founded in 2016, the charity was originally known as the Skipping Stone Scholarship Foundation. They provide people in the gender-diverse community with opportunities to express themselves, offer scholarships, and host community-building events.

    Started by Lindsay Peace and Amelia Marie Newbert, the foundation has expanded to fill gaps in healthcare, education, social services, and other needs of transgender people in Alberta. In 2017 the organization became a direct service provider, and in 2018 they launched their own care program.

    “We envision a province where trans and gender diverse individuals are surrounded by positivity, affirmation, and support free from barriers, stigma, and discrimination,” reads the vision statement on their website."

​​Skipping Stone:  Caring Hearts (support group)

Skipping Stone. Calgary-based but Alberta-wide.

"CARING HEARTS, our group for parents and caregivers of trans and gender diverse youth, is open to all across Alberta and meets via Zoom at 6:30pm."

Contact to join the support group which runs the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Skipping Stone runs various support groups for trans and gender-diverse individuals as well. See "Community Group Programs" below.

Skipping Stone:  Community Group Programs

Skipping Stone. Calgary-based but Alberta-wide.

"We run all sorts of groups where trans and gender diverse folks of all ages, as well as partners, parents and others can share and care while building a sense of community.
Check calendar for upcoming dates."

Skipping Stone Foundation
Extensive supports for transgender and gender diverse people and families in Alberta. Skipping Stone has numerous support groups for trans and gender diverse individuals, parents, ....
“We envision a province where trans and gender diverse individuals are surrounded by positivity, affirmation, and support free from barriers, stigma, and discrimination. To that end, our mission is to connect trans and gender diverse youth, adults, and families with comprehensive and low barrier access to the support they need and deserve.”

Click to go to:

-- Gender Diversity resources

-- Groups for Family & Friends

--  Groups for Trans Folks

-- Groups for Youth & Children

-- Top Surgery Support Group

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The altView Foundation
They have GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) groups in Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan and

Vision Statement:  Queer and trans people, and those who have relationships with them, live without fear in a society where they are included, recognized, and celebrated.
Mission Statement:  To build diverse pro-queer and pro-trans communities in Alberta through advocacy, education, em
powerment, collaboration, and the arts.”

Click for Facebook page.

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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.”

Have numerous resources of interest and an information page on changing identity documents.

Click for:  Facebook. Twitter.

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Prairie Trans Health Network

Formerly the Alberta Trans Health Network. Is listed on the TWI (Trans Wellness Initiative) website.

"The Prairies Trans Health Network is a collaborative group of healthcare providers, researchers, and community-based organization representatives interested and actively working in trans, nonbinary, and Two-Spirit health across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The Prairies Trans Health Network members meet virtually via Zoom every month to share resources and research, engage in capacity-building opportunities, provide updates on initiatives, make connections with others involved in similar work, and discuss current events in the world of trans health.

The goals of the Network include:

  • facilitating connection 

  • increasing capacity 

  • supporting awareness of initiatives

  • fostering collaboration

The Prairies Trans Health Network is open to anyone working in trans health across the Prairies, or who has an interest in doing so. Please consider joining!

Meetings: Meetings take place on the last Tuesday of each month at 5:00pm MT via Zoom. Please email Brent at brent.saccucci@cbrc.net for more information on how to join the next meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!"

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Trans Wellness Initiative
An Alberta-based website of supports for transgender people.

"The Trans Wellness Initiative aims to improve the health and wellness of trans and nonbinary communities in Alberta by building connections, facilitating access, and fostering capacity.

     The website is a place for trans folks to get information and resources about health topics that matter to them – whether about gender affirming gear, sexual health, or navigating surgical pathways.

     It is also a place where healthcare providers can find guidance and education in providing competent care for trans and nonbinary communities.

     The Trans Wellness Initiative Website provides access to:

  • Community education and system navigation resources,

  • Healthcare provider education, and continuing professional development opportunities, 

  • Connections between community members and inclusive, knowledgeable providers and services 

Who We Are:  

    The Trans Wellness Initiative brings community members, community-based organizations, and healthcare providers together to improve the health and wellbeing for trans and non-binary communities.

    The Trans Wellness Initiative was coordinated by the Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC), and made possible due to the work and support of multiple partners and stakeholders. We would like to thank the following collaborators: members of the Prairies Trans Health Network, Queer and Trans Health Collective (Formerly EMHC), Alec Moorji, HIV EdmontonPulp and Pixel, Dr. Julia Carter, Dr. Julia Chronopoulos, Tammy Troute-Wood, Dr. Michael Marshall, Ren Braul, Mateo Huezo, Alberta Health Servicesthe Gender Program, MacEwan Health Clinic, Medi Drugs Millcreek, and the Wellness Centre."

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Transgender in Alberta!

Private Facebook page.

"This is a secret, private, moderated group designed as a safe place for support, sharing of successes and challenges, and information exchange for transgender souls and their immediate loved ones in Alberta.

Where do I go for this?  How does she DO that?  What form do I need for this?  I felt so great today, but didn't have anyone who would understand...  "

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AlbertaTransorg
“An information resource for and about trans people in the province of Alberta"

NOTE:  website does not appear to be updated

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Gender Creative Kids
Montreal, QC.
Quebec-based but has excellent information for parents and kids across Canada. LOTS of resources!

Gender Creative Kids is a reference community organization that has supported trans, non-binary, and gender-fluid youth’s affirmation within their families, schools, and communities since 2013.”

Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO)

Ontario-based but their website includes a lot of good information applicable to any trans, non-binary or gender diverse individual.

See RHO Publication page. "RHO works to improve LGBT2SQ health outcomes in part by sharing information and resources. The RHO Shop has a variety of resources available for purchase, including brochures, posters and clinical guidelines—many of which are also available free of charge in the RHO Resource Library."

See also their Trans Health Knowledge Base page.

Yellowknife Rainbow Coalition
“Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife (formerly It Gets Better Yellowknife) is an outreach organization to support queer youth and their allies in Yellowknife. As an organization, we strive to make Yellowknife a safer, more open, more knowledgeable place for all LGBTQ2S+ youth, their families and their allies.”

Queer Yukon

"Queer Yukon Society is a community-led initiative with community centres across the Yukon that offer safer spaces, resources, supports, online and in-person programming, and community connection to 2SLGBTQIA+ Yukoners and their loved ones. We advocate for the health, well-being, and human rights of 2SLGBTQIA+ Yukoners, offer education and training to the broader community, and organize Pride celebrations across the territory."

Click for Resources page.

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CANADA-WIDE

 

Egale Canada

"Egale is Canada’s leading organization for 2SLGBTQI people and issues. We improve and save lives through research, education, awareness, and by advocating for human rights and equality in Canada and around the world. Our work helps create societies and systems that reflect the universal truth that all persons are equal and none is other.

      We continue to pursue legal advocacy through litigation and advancing legal reform and policy development that promotes 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."
Our Mission: To improve the lives of 2SLGBTQI people in Canada and to enhance the global response to 2SLGBTQI issues. Egale will achieve this by informing public policy, inspiring cultural change, and promoting human rights and inclusion through research, education, awareness and legal advocacy.

Our Vision:  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.

     "Egale Canada was founded in 1986 to promote the legal equality of 2SLGBTQI people in Canada. Legal advocacy was the first pillar of our work."

     Egale offices are in Toronto, Ontario.

Pflag Canada. Family For All.
Parent support groups with chapters across Canada. Check with each Chapter Leader for up-to-date information on meetings, as most were moved online under COVID-19 restrictions.

"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.

​    Pflag Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their LGBTQ2S children. The 'coming-out' process can be a critical time for families. When the adjustment period is particularly long or painful, relationships can become permanently damaged, resulting in a lifetime of emotional scars. People cannot always rise above the challenge of accepting themselves or their family member, and the results can be devastating, even fatal. We support these families through today, and give them hope for a better tomorrow."

Click to search "Chapter Locator" for Alberta.

Click to search Chapters by province.

Toll Free phone #:   1-888-530-6777

Click to go to general EMAIL.

Canadian Parents of Trans, Two-Spirit & Gender Diverse Kids

Public Facebook group. In English and French. 

"Canadian Parents of Trans, Two-Spirit & Gender Diverse Kids is a support group for parents of gender diverse kids of all ages.

    This is a PUBLIC page to provide information on Canadian Parents of Trans & Gender Diverse Kids, a confidential peer support group for parents and guardians of gender diverse children, youth, and adults, including those who are two-spirit, transgender, non-binary, agender, genderqueer, gender fluid, gender creative, or gender-questioning. We now have nearly 1,200 members, from every province and territory.

En francais: 

    Parents canadiens d'enfants trans et bispirituels est un groupe d'entraide pour les parents d'enfants de divers genres.

    Il s'agit une page PUBLIQUE pour les renseignements au sujet du groupe secret de Parents canadiens d'enfants trans, un groupe d'entraide pour les parents/les gardiens d'enfants, de jeunes, et d'adultes de divers genres: bispirituels, transgenres, non-binaires, créatifs dans le genre, ou qui se questionnent sur le genre."

Canadians Parenting Transgender Children

Private Facebook support group.
“A loving and honest support group for parents of transgender children of any age, any persuasion, anywhere in Canada. We have started this group out fresh because it is very important to have tight security and total confidentiality in an environment safe from in-fighting. We require all members to be kind and considerate, realising that we are all at different places on our children’s road to gender affirmation. We are a sister group to the International secret group ‘Parenting Transgender Children’.”

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