Island Sexual Health Society Be informed, not surprised!

Group Photograph of Island Sexual Health staff at Victoria Pride Festival 2011

Island Sexual Health Staff at Pride 2011

One of the most exciting and necessary developments in our knowledge of sexuality, orientations, and identities involve GLBQTIAA+ communities and the expansion of community based health and wellness services.

In BC, we are incredibly lucky to have an amazing provincial based organizations, Qmunity. and Trans Care BC.

Based in Vancouver, Qmunity offers resources to people in a multitude of areas from healthcare to relationships to housing. Chances are if you or someone you know has a question, they have an answer or a resource to support you.

Trans Care BC aims to enhance the coordination of trans health services and supports across the province, bringing gender-affirming care closer to home wherever possible. They can also be reached by phone at 1-866-999-1514

Victoria and other Community Based Resources

PFLAG: PFLAG Canada is Canada’s only national organization that helps all Canadians who are struggling with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. PFLAG Canada supports, educates and provides resources to parents, families, friends and colleagues with questions or concerns, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. PFLAG Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual children. There are PFLAG chapters throughout Canada. Connect  with the local Victoria Chapter. For support, call  1-888-530-6777 (toll-free)

Egale: Founded in 1995, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) human rights through research, education and community engagement.

Ambit Gender Diversity offers professional development for companies who are committed to offering just and dignified service, and creating affirming work environments, for trans, gender diverse, and two-spirit people.

 is a local collective, advocating for the rights of, and striving to create community with and for trans and gender-variant people in the Greater Victoria Area, Coast Salish Territories, through direct action, awareness raising activities and the ongoing project of creating safer spaces. Email for information on current activities.

South Island Gender Variant Drop In Group: A monthly drop-in space for the diverse array of trans, gender queer, two-spirit, and gender variant individuals in the Southern Vancouver Island area.

Camosun Pride is dedicated to providing and creating a safe and supportive environment for members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Two-Spirited and Queer (GLBT2Q) community and their Allies on campus. In addition to providing a supportive space for dealing with GLBT2Q issues, the Pride Centre acts as a resource library for materials on queer issues, a liaison between students and other queer organizations in the community, and a great hangout for all students with queer-positive attitudes. It is a place for making connections, community, and change. Phone 250-370-3429

UVic Pride Collective is mandated to represent, advocate for, and provide services for queer and trans students on Campus. For those interested in getting involved with UVic Pride please come to the Pride Centre in SUB B010 and say hi, attend collective meetings, coffee houses, movie nights, or any other events that Pride puts on. All of those are open to new members of Pride, and everyone is welcome. A calendar of events is available on our website. They also offer a gender affirming resource program such as breast forms, binders, packers, stand to pees, harnesses, etc.

AVI’s Men’s Wellness Program:  MWP’s primary focus is to reduce HIV, STIs and stigma on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands amongst men that engage sexually with other men. By promoting men’s health in these, our, communities, we are accomplishing that goal. Services offered include information, group support, solo support, workshops, and outreach. MWP’s community includes gay, bisexual, trans, Two Spirit, queer, GBMSM, men who enjoy having sex with men and more.

Victoria Pride Society: The Victoria Pride Society’s mission is based on empowerment. We empower those who are – or think they might be – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies. Victoria Pride fosters learning and empowerment through social celebration and networking. We strive to create a better public understanding of our community’s history, courage, diversity and future.

Victoria Pink Pages is a site for LGBTQ communities in Victoria, BC to: connect with organizations that are openly safe and welcoming, find products and services that meet our communities’ needs and interests, and support businesses and community organization that are owned or run by LGBTQ folks.

Queerly Victoria: Events that celebrate Victoria’s diverse and dynamic queer arts and culture scene.

AVEN hosts the world’s largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. AVEN strives to create open, honest discussion about asexuality among sexual and asexual people alike.

 

We strive to keep our outside resource listings as current as possible but realize that often there are changes and updates in services we are not aware of. All listings above are worded using the information listed on the relevant websites. Please feel free to suggest any additions/corrections.