One of the most exciting and necessary developments in our knowledge of sexuality, orientations, and identities involve LGBQT2IAA+ communities and the expansion of community based health and wellness services.
BC Based resources
- Check Yourself helps guys keep up with all of the combination prevention tools they need to take care of their sexual health: from PrEP, condoms and PEP to HPV and Hep vaccinations and pap tests in BC. Check Yourself explains all of these tools and more, while including an interactive service map of where these tools can be accessed across 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.
- HIM is based in the Lower Mainland and is dedicated to strengthening the health and well-being of Gay Men. They offer clinical services,
- 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 here 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. Their website is a fantastic resource for video, books, and local resources.
- TransAction Victoria 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.
- Greater Victoria Queer Parents is a group for parents in the general area of Lekwungen Territory in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, who self-identify as queer, bi, trans*, lesbian, gay, two-spirit, genderqueer, or who are otherwise “othered” by their sexual and/or gender diversity. We hold monthly casual playground meet ups and have a very active facebook page.
- 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 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.
- Vancouver Island Queer Resources: This site was created and is maintained by queers for queers on a purely volunteer basis. They aim to help queer folk from all walks of life find the resources and support they need and to help themselves grow their selves and their communities, no matter what background they’re coming from or where they fall under the rainbow.
- 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.
- QCHAT is a LGBTQ2S peer-support association made up of peer volunteers here on Vancouver Island. Our organization exists to provide peer-support services to youth residing in British Columbia, Canada. We’re here to help tackle some of the unique realities facing LGBTQ2S youth through a nonjudgemental lens. We provide confidential support to our clients by limiting the amount of information we collect. If you’re looking to connect with someone you can relate to, find a resource, or perhaps you just need an ear to vent your frustrations, we’re here to help!
- 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.
- Translife line 1-877-330-6366 is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.
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.