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Resources for 2SLGBTQI+ Newcomers


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 advocate for two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (2SLGBTQI+) newcomers. Join today!

Settlement.org: Information and resources to help you provide effective service, information and referral and interventions to newcomer 2SLGBTQI+ communities.

Prepare for your hearing

The Queer Refugee Hearings Program Toolkit was developed by Capital Rainbow Refuge and teaches about refugee claims based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and/or sex characteristics (SOGIESC), and includes a questionnaire to help you reflect on your life experiences.

Kinbrace Community Society, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR Canada), and the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada – Refugee Protection Division (Western Region) together created a comprehensive website for Refugee Hearing Preparation, with resources and step-by-step information about making a refugee claim, preparing for your hearing and what to expect and plan for on your hearing day.

Meet Gary offers information in English, Arabic, French, Mandarin and Spanish to refugee claimants about the refugee board and refugee claim process.

Trans/Intersex resources

The 519 Church Street Community Centre’s Trans Access Program is a 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 .

Religious and cultural resources

Kulanu Toronto is a Jewish 2SLGBTQI+ 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.

LGBTQ friendly churches in Ontario

Advocacy

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association campaigns for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights.

Health/Settlement

Access Alliance provides health and settlement services to newcomers in over 175 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 2SLGBTQI+ youth and their families.

Refugee Support Group meets at The 519 Church Street Community Centre.

Language/Arts

List on Wikipedia on LGBTQ related films

Rainbow Health Ontario

College Guide for LGBTQ Students

Map of 2SLGBTQI+ and newcomer-friendly resources in the City of Toronto

This map includes an even more exhaustive list of LGBTQ+ and newcomer friendly organizations/services/institutions across the City of Toronto, along with those that 2SLGBTQI+ newcomers may find useful.

To enlarge the map, click on the square icon in the upper right corner. When the map is enlarged, you’ll be able to view and browse through a list of organizations mapped here. Click on any icon on the map, and the address, contact info and website for that organization will pop up.