LGBTQ+ Resources

Below are resources and information for those who identify as LGBTQ+.

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LEGIT Immigration Supports for Same-Sex Partners

LEGIT, the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Taskforce, was founded in December 1991 in Vancouver, Canada. LEGIT is an organization of volunteers helping same-sex couples who wish to live together in Canada. Many of the volunteers are couples who have been successful in settling in Canada. LEGIT offer their services for free via their webpage.
Location: 1170 Bute Street Vancouver, BC V6E 1Z6
Contact:
(British Columbia) legitvancouver@gmail.com or (Ontario) legitoronto@gmail.com
Website: http://www.legit.ca/about.html

Free QTBIPOC Dance Class

Booty Freedom is a QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) centred space. This dance class event is open to anyone who self-identifies as QTBIPOC. The event is free and pre-registration is required. The event is taking place on September 23 from 7-8PM.
Location: 1303 Broad Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2A8
Website: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/booty-freedom-victoria-qtbipoc-sneakers-239-tickets-408107710147?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

Victoria Persons With AIDS Society

VPWAS is an organization which offers advocacy services, peer support, a positive living program (variety of events and activities), community referrals, treatment information, computer access, and a movie library. This community is for individuals living with AIDS however there are safe sex supplies and other services offered to the general public.
Location: 1139 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8V 3N2
Contact: 250-382-7927 or support@vpwas.com
Website: http://vpwas.com/

Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society

The purpose of the Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society is to support lesbian health and social needs as we age by ensuring safe, accessible, and welcoming spaces for social interactions to build a sense of community through public education and social action. This organization offers resources which include community-building social events, community support/care, and housing referrals.
Contact: chair@vlscs.ca
Website: https://vlscs.ca/

2SLGBTQ+ Youth Pride Kick-Off

The Victoria Pride Society Youth Council invites all youth (15-21) to the Pride Week Kick-Off. Celebrate the beginning of this year’s 2SLGBTQ+ Pride Week with dancing, local performers, photo booths, art, music, and food! We encourage all to dress queer formal. Admission is free but registration is required and the event is taking place on June 23, 2022 from 6:00-9:00pm.
Location: E&N Roundhouse 253 Esquimalt Road Victoria, BC V9A 7A8
Website: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2slgbtq-youth-pride-kick-off-tickets-336771802527?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Wilde About Sappho – A Pride Reading of Local Queer Writers (past event)

To celebrate Pride Month, the City of Victoria is hosting a free in person reading featuring various local queer writers such as Ali Blythe and Eli Mushumanski. This event is on Tuesday, June 2 from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Light refreshments will be provided.
Location: Antechamber Room City Hall 1, Centennial Square, Victoria BC
Contact: culture@victoria.ca or 250-361-0246
Website: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/celebrate-pride-month-with-city-of-victoria-poet-laureate-john-barton-tickets-339037409017?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Rainbow Refugee

Rainbow Refugee is a charitable organization based in Vancouver that supports people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression (SOGIE) or HIV status.
Contact: info@rainbowrefugee.ca
Website: https://www.rainbowrefugee.com

Rainbow Advocacy Society of British Columbia

The Rainbow Advocacy Society of British Columbia is an online Facebook group that anyone is welcome to join. The group is there to assist LGBTQ2+ people in regards to housing, health, mental health, and social sustainability.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RASBC/

Queer-Friendly Self Defence Class

Uvic’s Peer Support Center, Lets Get Consensual, and Vikes are holding a Queer-Friendly Self Defence Class on Saturday, March 19th from 2:00pm-5:00pm. This event is free and is open to all Uvic students who are fully vaccinated. You can sign up and register through the link provided below!
Location: Gabriola Rd, Saanich, BC
Contact: 250-472-4317 or alma@uvic.ca
Website: https://uvss.ca/events-archive/queer-friendly-self-defence-in-march/

UVic Queer Games Night

Presented by QVic Life and QVic Res. Join QVic Res and QVic Life for a fun night of Jackbox games! This event is open to LBTQIA2S+ Students and is on Thursday, March 25th from 7 to 9 pm. It will be on Zoom, the link is posted below! For more information you can check out their website!
Zoom link: https://uvic.zoom.us/j/83010750276#success
Website: https://www.uvic.ca/services/studentlife/initiatives/pride-week/
Contact:  or 250-472-5617

PFLAG Support Line Canada

The PFLAG Canada website linked below is a great resource for parents, families and friends in need of support and education, their toll-free line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact the toll-free phone line, email or visit the website for support. The website has many resources from getting help, learning, getting involved to stories, and more.
Contact: 1-888-530-6777 or victoriabc@pflagcanada.ca
Website:https://pflagcanada.ca/

Tips for transgender people’s friends, allies, and partners

Linked below is an article about living with gender dysphoria. It is a great resource for parents and friends of LQBTQ+ individuals. This resource can be helpful to better understand gender dysphoria in general and have somewhere to start in supporting loved ones around gender diversity.
Website: https://healthyheels.org/2016/11/21/living-with-gender-dysphoria-tips-for-transgender-peoples-friends-allies-and-partners/?fbclid=IwAR3xZq89Ki_9d39pVVWi7MSD3S4Yh5L-6qmm1eO_UVtVEkCYmbndz-XqP9Q

LGBTQ+ creative children and families drop in session

Outside the Box Counselling is offering a Gender Spectacular. A drop-in for trans and gender-creative children in grade 7 or younger. Their families and siblings are also welcome! This group is also for trans and non-binary parents who have children in grade 7 or younger. It is hosted every second Friday of the month from 5:30- 7:30 pm. For more information and to register please contact the email linked below.
Location: Quadra Village Community Centre, 901 Kings Rd, Victoria, BC V8T 1W5
Contact: gendercreativetransvictoria@gmail.com
Website: https://outsidetheboxcounselling.ca/resources-parents-of-lgbtq-youth/

Monthly Support Group for Parents of LGBTQ+ Community

Join the community and the LQBTQ+ parents support group. Hosted every second Wednesday of the month from 7-9 pm at Commonwealth Place, Upside Teen Lounge OR every fourth Sunday from 1:30-3:30 pm at Nellie McClung Library. For more information or to RSVP attendance please send an email to the contact below.
Location: Commonwealth Place, Upside Teen Lounge, 4636 Elk Lake Dr, Victoria, BC V8Z 5M1 OR Nellie McClung Library, Nellie McClung Branch, 3950 Cedar Hill Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 3Z9
Contact: supportgroup@genderspectacular.com
Website: https://outsidetheboxcounselling.ca/resources-parents-of-lgbtq-youth/

2-SPIRIT, TRANS AND NON-BINARY FAMILY SWIM

A private swimming event open to anyone of any age in the community who identifies as 2-spirit, trans, and/or non-binary as well as their friends and family. These events happen once a month. To register you can check out their website linked below. Don’t forget to ask for the free Rainbow Pass as well!
Contact: lux.welsh@saanich.ca
Website: https://www.qchat.ca/vancouver-island-lgbtq2s-resources

Rainbow Health Cooperative – VPS

The Victoria Pride Society has put together BC’s largest trans, Two-Spirit, non-binary community organization: The Rainbow Health Cooperative. The Rainbow Health Cooperative’s mission is the promotion of gender wellness through education. More information regarding when and where to meet can be found on their website linked below.
Location: 231 Regina Avenue, Victoria, BC
Contact: 1-888-241-9992 or info@rainbowhealth.coop
Website: https://victoriapridesociety.org/resources/rainbow-health-cooperative/

SHIFT (YES)

SHIFT is a group organized by the Youth Empowerment Society to support transgender, Two-Spirit, non-binary, and gender diverse youth ages 13-19. SHIFT meets twice a month and registration information can be found on the website linked below.
Contact: 250-361-3923 or allianceclub@vyes.ca
Website: http://www.vyes.ca/programs/#1

Queer Cafe

Queer Cafe is an online event that happens on Wednesdays every week that includes a mix of activities, discussion, games, workshops and more! Anyone ages 14-19 who identify as LGBTQ2IA+ can register through the website linked below.
Contact: info@foundrybc.ca
Website: https://foundrybc.ca/virtual/groups-workshops/

UVic Gender Empowerment Centre

The Gender Empowerment Centre is an inclusive space run by the UVic Students’ Society (UVSS). The space was created for women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people, both within the UVic community and outside of it. The space is open for studying, accessing resources and support, attending workshops, and meeting others. The Gender Empowerment Centre is located in room B107 of the Student Union Building and re-opens on February 1st.
Location: 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC
Contact:
gemcentre@uvss.ca or 250-721-8353
Websitehttps://genderempowermentcentre.ca/