As we celebrate another Pride Month, it’s the perfect time to highlight some of the organizations across Canada that are supporting the LGBTQ2S+ community. These organizations are on the ground doing the work every day, providing important resources, addressing issues, and giving a voice to the queer community.
LGBTQ2S+ initiatives and charitable organizations
Here are 11 organizations doing important work with the LGBTQ2S+ community.
1. Egale Canada
This is a national organization focused on inclusion, justice, and equity for the 2SLGBTQI community. Egale been involved in every gay rights case that has reached the Supreme Court of Canada. The organization’s mission is to see inspiring cultural change and promote human rights for everyone. Egale Canada is a great resource for everything from inclusive and affirming language to tips on video chatting with older LGBTQ12S people.
Learn more about Egale Canada.
2. The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD)
The CCGSD advocates for the expression of gender and sexual diversity through education and health. They host up to 300 workshops annually that provide the LGBTQ2S+ community with the tools and resources needed to develop resiliency and build allyship. The CCGSD also offer a variety of community programs, such as a Queer Book Club and The Gender + Sexual Diversity Museum.
Learn more about the CCGSD.
3. LGBT Youthline
This organization is truly a lifeline for Ontario youth aged 16 to 29. The LGBT Youthline offers non-judgemental peer support to youth who may be struggling with questions about gender and/or sexual identity, coming out, referrals to additional resources, or just to chat with someone who can relate.
Learn more about LGBT Youthline.
4. Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
Based in Toronto, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre is the longest running and largest queer theatre company in the world. They produce and champion productions that give a stage to LGBTQ+ artists and stories. Buddies In Bad Times is hosting Queer Pride 2021 this June with free digital and socially distanced events. As well, the theatre company has produced a The Youth / Elders Podcast, featuring lived histories and candid conversations between queer youth and queer elders.
Learn more about Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
5. Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Blackcap)
Blackcap has responded to the threat of AIDS in the Black community since 1989. As the largest organization in Canada that supports the threat of AIDS in the Black community, Blackcap is considered an ally to the LGBTQ2S+ community. Blackcap also offers a variety of health programs and support services for Ontarians.
Learn more about Blackcap.
6. Pflag Canada
Pflag Canada is a national organization that offers peer-to-peer support for the LGBTQ2S+ community and their families. Pflag was founded by parents wanting to help other families accept their LGBTQ2S kids. They provide education and resources to help families and individuals struggling with gender identity, sexual orientation, and other issues related to being queer in Canada.
Learn more about Pflag Canada.
7. The Bill 7 Award
The Bill 7 Award is a charity that gives scholarships to 2SLGBTQ+ students who are studying at college or university and need financial assistance. The Bill 7 Award is named after the 1986 Ontario legislation that extended the protection of the Human Rights Code to lesbians and gays. These scholarships are currently only available to students in Ontario.
Learn more about The Bill 7 Award.
8. Calgary Queer Arts Society
Calgary Queer Arts Society believes that storytelling is a powerful medium. They are committed to giving the queer community a voice to express their own stories. Through these stories, Calgary Queer Arts Society hopes to ignite conversations around LGBTQ+ issues. For the last decade, they have produced The Coming Out Monologues, a performance that supports individuals in taking their private stories to a public audience
Learn more about the Calgary Queer Arts Society.
9. Rainbow Harmony Project
Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Rainbow Harmony Project uses the power of singing to unite members of the LGBTQ2* community. They focus on educating individuals and the broader community on the history, culture, and lived experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals—as well as belting out some great tunes.
Learn more about the Rainbow Harmony Project.
10. Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are an order of nuns like no other. This group of queer nuns is dedicated to transforming the social structures that negatively impact the LGBTQ+ community. As well as injecting humour into their events, these 21st century nuns work to alleviate homelessness and improve the lives of those impacted by HIV. The first chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence was founded in San Francisco over 40 years ago to do good work and satirize gender norms. While these sisters represent a spectrum of genders, sexual orientations and spiritual traditions, they share one common goal: spreading more joy!
Learn more about the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
11. Rainbow Railroad
This organization recognizes the violence and mistreatment of LGBTQ+ individuals around the world. Based in Toronto and New York, Rainbow Railroad works in other regions around the world to help LGBTQI+ people facing persecution, violence, discrimination, or forced conversion therapy. The organization helps people who are in danger get to safety by providing emergency travel, resources, and counsel.
Learn more about Rainbow Railroad.
Support the LGBTQ2S+ community in Canada
If you’re not part of the LGBTQ2S+ community, it might be difficult to understand the problems and prejudice people face on a daily basis. These organizations get it. They’re run by—and for—the queer community and are taking the steps needed to help address these issues. Take some time to learn more about some of the organizations we listed above. The more you know, the better LGBTQ2S+ ally you become.
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