Whether you are a service provider and/or an LGBTQ+ newcomer, it’s important to know that there are many resources out in the community to support you. Among Friends volunteers have compiled a list of resources below. We hope you’ll find them useful.
***If you are an LGBTQ+ man who is sexually active with other men, we’ve developed a resource guide identifying important vaccinations that may be relevant to you! Please click here to view the guide***
Support for Service Providers
LGBTQ+ Settlement Network. A network made of up community organizations and community members in Toronto and surrounding areas that provide services to and/or advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ+) newcomers.
Settlement.org: Information and resources to help you provide effective service, information and referral and interventions to newcomer LGBTQ+ communities.
Positive Spaces programs
OCASI’s Positive Space Initiative supports the immigrant and refugee serving sector to more effectively serve LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning) newcomers.
Among Friends’ ‘You Are Among Friends’ positive space poster. Download it here.
The 519 Church Street Community Centre’s Trans Access Program is multi-service program that serves the transgender, transsexual and Two-spirit community, with a focus on lower-income, street-involved, homeless, sex-working and marginalized members of the trans communities. They also provide trainings and support to organizations.
The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female .
The Trans PULSE video was made by members of the Trans PULSE Project, a research project exploring the impact of transphobia on the health of trans people in Ontario. Created September 2009. For more information or to get involved contact us: www.transpulse.ca
Religious and cultural resources
Kulanu Toronto is a Jewish LGBTQ social group, designed for (but not exclusive to) the student community. We are inclusive of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgendered, transexual, intersexed, and queer people regardless of age, profession and ethnic, cultural or religious background.
The worldwide federation campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights.
Make Yourself at Home! Access Alliance’s provides health and settlement services to newcomers in over 60 languages.
The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) is a community-based, non-profit, charitable organization committed to providing health promotion, support, education and advocacy in a non-discriminatory manner for those who identify as South Asian living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) provides HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and support services to the East and South East Asian communities.
Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples provides resources, services and support to Spanish speaking newcomer communities.
Griffin Centre’s ReachOUT Newcomer Network provides settlement and social support services for LGBTQ youth and their familes.
Refugee Support Group at the 519 Church Street Community Centre.