BC Support Groups

This is a list of support groups that the THiP has been made aware of, however, THiP is unable to endorse groups that we are not directly involved in delivering. We recommend that you contact the organization or facilitator prior to attending to ensure that the group is happening as scheduled. Please Contact Us if you know of other groups or need to update your group’s information!

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH)

Youth

AllWays Youth Drop-in

A drop-in safe space for youth of all identities and we meeting weekly and do fun activities.

Who: For ages 13-24
When: Every Tuesday from 4pm – 6 pm.
Where: Richmond South Arm Community Center, 8880 Williams Rd, Richmond
Contact: Neela at ngottenbos@richmond.ca.

Be Yourself

Drop-In, facilitated group for youth to talk about Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation.

Who: For ages 13-19
When: Wednesday 6pm-8pm
Where: North Shore Neighborhood House (225 2nd St E, North Vancouver)
Contact: intake@familyservices.bc.ca or 604-988-5281 (Emily Watson is the contact for this group)

CounterACT- Qmunity

Counselling group for LGBTQ2S+ youth, counterACT, exploring issues and concerns relevant to LGBTQ2S+ youth through theatre games and exercises. We will focus on mental wellness and topics such as community, identity, relationships, and other issues selected by group members during our weekly meetings.

Who: For ages 14-25
When: Thursdays 5-7pm
Where: Qmunity Accessible Office, 610-1033 Davie Street, Vancouver
Contact: Email counterACT@qmunity.ca or call 604-684-5307.

Qmunity Youth Drop-In (Gab)

Our youth drop-in is a cool, safe place where youth can kick back and talk with friends. It’s also a great place to meet people that have similar questions about sexual orientation or gender identity.

During drop-in times, there are always cool volunteers and other youth who would love to hear about your life.

Who: For ages 14-25
When: Every Wednesday from 4-6pm and Friday’s from 6-9pm
Where: 1170 Bute Street
Contact: Email youth@qmunity.ca for more information.

Queer and Trans Youth Safety and Healing Group

For youth with substance use concerns.

Who: For ages 18-24
When: Thursdays (Oct 20th-Dec 8th) 4-5:30pm
Where: Three Bridges Community Health Centre, Room 310 1290 Hornby Street
Contact: Corrine (604-714-3480) or Alex (604-875-2345 ext. 2038).

Trans Youth Drop-In (THiP)

This is a group for trans, gender diverse and questioning youth and their allied peers (siblings, friends, partners etc). It is a place to connect with peers and adult mentors for discussions, games, recreation activities, and great snacks.

Who: For ages 13-24
When: Every Thursday from 5 – 7 pm
Where: Broadway Youth Resource Centre – 2455 Fraser Street, Vancouver (Fraser & Broadway)
Contact: Please feel free to email Transcareteam@phsa.ca.

Vancouver Addictions Matrix Program (VAMP)

A 16-week intensive outpatient addiction treatment program for residents of Vancouver. This day and evening program offers group treatment and family education, along with individual counselling sessions. Program offers a co-ed stream open to all genders and a stream serving gay/bi/queer men, and trans people are welcome in both streams. Clients can self-refer. Please call for more information. Program serves residents of Vancouver, Richmond, the North Shore up to Pemberton and the Sunshine Coast.

Who: For ages 16-25
Where: 1292 Hornby St – wheelchair accessible
Contact: 604.714.3480 or vamp@vch.ca for more information

Whatever Youth Drop-in

A safe, fun drop-in for LGBTQI2S youth, allies, and friends. Activities, events, information, resources and referrals for queer and trans youth, allies, family, and friends. Opportunities to be involved, special events, raising community awareness and leadership development.

Who: For ages 13-24
When: Thursdays 6-8pm (Advisory group Thursdays (bi-weekly) 8-9pm)
Where: Youth Lounge at West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Contact: Melanie at 604-925-7222.

Families

Parenting Gender Diverse Youth Drop-In for Parents

This group for parents runs weekly for the entire year, focusing on building specific resiliency skills within parents and on providing resources and support that are specific to parenting gender diverse youth. Parents will be able to speak with other parents that are struggling through the same issues, learn how to support their youth and gain more information regarding this diverse community.

Who: Family Services of BC
When: Tuesday 6pm-8pm
Where: 203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC
Contact: intake@familyservices.bc.ca or 604-981-5281 (Kim LaForest and Anna Janz)

PFLAG Vancouver (Parents & Friends of LGBT)

PFLAG provides support for all family members and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.

When: Monthly meetings- please see website for more up to date information.
Where: Various meeting locations in Vancouver
Contact: 604-626-5667 or info@pflagvancouver.com
Website: http://www.pflagvancouver.com

Adults

Adult Drop-In Group for Gender Diverse and Trans People (THiP)

We are piloting a new adult drop-in group for gender diverse and trans people. This group incorporates a variety of activities, including discussions, guest speakers, community building, and social opportunities.

Who: Room 150 at Three Bridges Community Health Centre (1290 Hornby Street, Vancouver).
When: The group runs on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 5-7 pm.
Where: Vancouver
Contact: transcareteam@phsa.ca

Trans Supper Club (PACE Society)

The Trans Supper Club is a weekly meal program and drop-in service for transgender, two spirit, and gender diverse sex workers.

Who: Trans Supper Club (PACE Society)
When: Tuesdays 5pm-7pm
Where: PACE Society (148 W. Hastings)
Contact: Contact Brenna at info@pace-society.org or 604-872-7651
Website: www.pace-society.org

All Ages

FTM Etc

The group has been active since 1998; it’s for anyone mid-teens and older who was assigned F at birth, who has a male or masculine identity either part of the time or all the time; anyone mid-teens and older who considers themselves to be on the FTM spectrum is welcome, as is anyone mid-teens and older exploring whether they may be on this spectrum somewhere.

This is an information, discussion and general support group, focusing on topics relevant to FTM spectrum. It is NOT a therapy group. It is not open to partners or family members unless they too are somewhere on the FTM spectrum. It is however a good place to find out where there might be supports for loved ones.

This group has a wide range of ages, backgrounds and self-identities. It’s a very mellow, friendly, welcoming group, a great place to meet others, ask questions and hear from a diverse range of people also on this spectrum. There’s never any pressure to talk; it’s fine to just listen, too.

No need to register; it’s a drop-in group, so OK to arrive late or leave early.

Who: Folks on the FTM Spectrum who are in their mid-teens or older.
When: 3rd Saturday of each month, from 1-3pm
Where: Ravensong Community Medical Centre
Contact: Lukas at: bcftmnetwork@hotmail.com or 604-996-8169

Gay Warriors Talking Circle

A space for Gay or Two Spirit men to connect and share stories. Smudge and First Nations prayer practice.

Who: Gay or Two Spirit men.
When: Currently on 3rd Tuesday from 7-8:30pm
Where: Suite 103, 1033 Davie Street, Vancouver
Contact: 604.488.1001 or register@checkhimout.ca

LGBT2SQ Drop-In Group (Prism/DAYTOX)

Ongoing support for addiction recovery and/or mental wellness. This open group welcomes everyone who are anywhere on the trans spectrum – and those who are lesbian, gay, bi, pan, queer, Two Spirit.

Note: This is a drop-in group, registration is not necessary.

Who: Daytox, 377E. 2nd Avenue
When: Thursdays 5:00-6:00 pm (ongoing)
Contact: 604-658-1278 and ask to speak with Mitch or Heather for more information

A Queer State of Mind (QMUNITY)

New support, discussion, and community group for LGBTQ2S+ folks with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions issues. All gender welcome from the North Shore and all neighbouring / Metro Vancouver communities. Wheelchair accessible. Scent-reduced.

When: Thursdays 2 – 3:30pm
Where: The Canadian Mental Health Association 3rd Floor, 1835 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Contact: Gill Walker at 604-649-1983 or the Queer State of Mind group at stateofmind@qmunity.ca for more information.

Queer and Trans Mood Disorder Peer Support Group

A free drop-in group for people experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.

When: Fridays 6-8pm
Where: MOSAIC Community Room, 1720 Grant Street, Vancouver
Contact: Email queertransmda@gmail.com for more information.

Rainbow Refugee Community: (Refugee Claim Support)

A drop-in group for anyone seeking information about a refugee claim based on persecution of their sexuality, gender identity or HIV status. It is facilitated by experienced volunteers, in English with bilingual Spanish and Arabic speakers. They can arrange for Farsi speaking too. Please let them know if there is another language needed.

When: 7:30pm every 2nd Thursday of the month
Where: 1170 Bute Street, Vancouver, BC (Qmunity)

Sher Vancouver

Sher Vancouver is a social, cultural and support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans South Asians, and their friends, families and allies. It is based out of Vancouver, B.C., but people from all over the world are welcome to join. Sher offers peer support, social activities, information, referral and outreach presentations. Sher would like to help inform, educate and bring about more acceptance and understanding. Everyone is welcome to join Sher, regardless of ethnicity, religious belief or sexuality.

Contact: shervancouver@hotmail.com for more information
Website: http://www.shervancouver.com

Trans Gathering *ON HIATUS*

TransGathering is a community-led peer support group for transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, and intersex folks. TransGathering aims to provide a safe(r) space for trans-identified folks of all genders, sexualities, races, skin colors, religious beliefs, body types, abilities, neurotypes, incomes, and family backgrounds.

 

Contact: transgathering@qmunity.ca
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1674490692859003

Two Spirit Sweat Lodge

Sweat lead every two weeks on Tsleil Waututh.

When: Every 2 Weeks
Where: Near Deep Cove -for where & when, contact email
Contact: dancingtoeaglespirit@gmail.com

University of British Columbia Caucuses

Trans Tea Time: facilitated by a trans person but is inclusive to all gender and sexual identities and non-identities. The time will be posted on the website when it is set for each semester.

Label Free Fridays: a discussion group which tries to bring the focus away from labels, this is in reference to both gender and sexuality. Discussion ranges in topics within a queer context and there are usually some discussions on issues surrounding labels.

Note: As a general policy, anything that PrideUBC does is open to anyone of any gender, sexuality, race, age (except for events with liquor), ability and so on. They have a strict safe space policy and try to be respectful of all that wish to join. One can also join their listserve and start receiving emails by simply emailing them and requesting to be on the listserve.

Facebook: http://facebook.com/prideubc
Tumblr: http://prideubc.tumblr.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/PrideUBC

Contact: Email or Phone: prideubc@gmail.com or 604-442-UBCQ (8227)
Website: http://prideubc.tumblr.com

Fraser Health Authority (FHA)

Children

Learning About Me & Myself – Play & Art Therapy Group for Gender Nonconforming (South Fraser)

The goal of this group is helping gender non-conforming children to promote resiliency and self-awareness. The family must reside in Delta, White Rock, Surrey, Langley, or Ladner area.

Who: Children Under 12
When: Monthly Group meets from 5:00 to 6:30pm
Contact: Email or fax to register.
Dr. Wallace Wong (Wallace.Wong@gov.bc.ca)
Katherine O’Donnel (Katherine.O’Donnel@gov.bc.ca)
Tel: 604-501-3122
Fax: 604-501-3137

Youth

ÊTRE! LGBTQ+ Youth Drop-In

It’s completely free to attend, and they can provide bus tickets to get to and go home from ÊTRE!

Who: LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-24. (Allies are welcome.)
When: Wednesdays Bi-weekly from 6-8pm (starting August 2nd,2017) and the last Thursday of every month from 6-8pm.
Where: The SS/WR Youth Space in Bakerview Park (1845 154 Street)
Website: https://www.facebook.com/sswryouthspace/

Fraser Valley Youth Society (Abbotsford)

Offers weekly drop-ins for LGBTQ+ youth in the Fraser Valley: Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack.

Who: Youth Ages 13-25
When: Thursdays 6-9pm
Where: Abbotsford at Impact - 33063 4 Ave, Abbotsford BC; Basement door in the front
Contact: 604-200-3203
Website: http://fraseryouth.com/

Fraser Valley Youth Society (Mission)

Offers weekly drop-ins for LGBTQ+ youth in the Fraser Valley: Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack.

Who: Youth Ages 13-25
When: Tuesdays 6-9pm
Where: Fraser House 33063 4 Ave, Mission BC
Contact: 604-200-3203
Website: http://fraseryouth.com/

Fraser Valley Youth Society (Chilliwack)

Offers weekly drop-ins for LGBTQ+ youth in the Fraser Valley: Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack.

Who: Youth Ages 13-25
When: Wednesdays 6-9pm
Where: Sto:lo Service Agency 7201 Vedder Road, Chilliwack - Ground floor meeting room
Contact: 604-200-3203
Website: http://fraseryouth.com/

Free2BU (PCRS)

Weekly drop-ins for LGTBQ2SI+ youth and allies aged 14-21. Free2BU youth are as diverse as any high school in Canada, with different ages, genders, races, and religions meeting for a common reason: support for LGTBQ2SI+ teens.
Free2BU is friendly to youth of all genders and sexual orientations. It’s also a great place for questioning or unsure youth to come and ask questions. Snacks are supplied at every meeting, and a group discussion is usually held, discussing ideas for upcoming events, suggestions for drop-in activities, and a quick once-over of current events both in the community and in the world. The youth can discuss their week, ask for advice or ideas for projects or obstacles, and occasionally a topic discussion will be put on the table, for all youth to listen and participate in. We try and keep Free2BU a positive and friendly place to be.

Who: LGTBQ2SI+ youth and allies aged 14-21
When: Wednesday Evenings 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Newton Youth Resource Centre, #114-13479 76th Ave, Surrey
Contact: Call 604-592-6200 or drop by the resource centre.

Friends of Dorothy

A program to support LGBTQ2 Youth between the ages of 12-19 year old youth, though some exceptions can be made for 19-24 year old youth. This youth led drop in group is a safe place for LBGTQ2 youth to be, a place for them to learn about LGBTQ2 issues, to share their experiences with other youth as well as to connect with each other and support each other. This group is supported by Encompass Outreach Workers who act as allies and work to increase accessibility to services in our community to meet their needs

Who: youth 12-19 years old
Contact: For more information, please contact Phoenix at- 604-723-5173

Sher Peer Support Group for LGBT, Queer, Trans & Gender Variant Folks in Surrey

People can call Sher Vancouver Founder Alex Sangha at 604-842-7340 for buzzer if Alex is not in the lobby

The group is led by youth for youth and Alex who is a Registered Clinical Social Worker provides support assistance and supervision.The purpose of the group is to reduce the alienation, isolation, loneliness of youth in our community and provide social and peer support to people int heir sexuality and gender identities

Sher has formed a secret Facebook group for the group which already has about 85 members.To join add Alex Sangha on Facebook and ill invite you.

 

Who: LGBTQ Trans & Gender Variant South Asian Youth residing in Surrey ages 16-30 years old
When: Meets on the last Sunday of the month from 1 to 4 pm
Where: 9981 Whalley Boulevard in Surrey which is adjacent to King George Skytrain
Contact: Alex Sangha 604-842-7340

Trans Youth Group (North Fraser-Burnaby)

This group is an opportunity for discussion, information sharing and support for trans youth (25 years and under) and the parents and caregivers of trans youth. Runs concurrently with “Parents and Caregivers of Trans Youth” group

Who: For Youth 25 years & under
When: Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm
Where: Near Metrotown Skytrain Station
Contact: transsupport@plea.bc.ca

Trans Youth Group (In North Fraser Region)

A discussion, information-sharing, and support group for trans youth ages 25 and under in the North Fraser Area. Runs concurrently with the “Parents and Caregivers of Trans Youth” group

When: The 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month 7-9pm (starting January 6th, 2016)
Where: Tri-Cities (Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, and Port Moody)
Contact: Please contact transsupport@plea.bc.ca for more information.

Trans Youth Group (In Surrey –South Fraser Region)

A support group for trans youth under 18 years old residing either in Delta, White Rock, Surrey, Langley or Ladner area

Who: For 18 years or less and must reside in either Delta, White Rock, Surrey, Langley, or Ladner area.
When: Every other Tuesday from 4:00 to 5:30.
Where: Delta, White Rock, Surrey, Langley, or Ladner area
Contact: Call the facilitator, Dr. Wong (registered psychologist) at (604) 501-3122.

Transgender Wrap-Around Support Group: A Group for Children and Youth with a Trans Family Member

This is a Wrap-Around Group especially for children and youth with a family member (i.e. a parent, a sibling, a close relative). The objectives of this group are providing a safe place for these children and youth to process their grief and other difficult feelings, learning about new roles that they play in this new family dynamic, and gaining skills and support through facilitator and other participants.

When: once a month on Monday from 5:00 to 6:30 starting September 21st, 2015
Contact: Wallace Wong at Wallace.Wong@gov.bc.ca to register.

Youth for a Change

Youth for a Change is an educational and advocacy group for and by young people. We are educators, activists and advocates on many youth issues but especially issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, two-spirit, and queer youth and allies. Members range in age many identify as LGBTQ+, others as allies, ALL participate in planning and decision-making about the group’s activities. We are based in Surrey but our members live in other cities and we have worked in Richmond, New Westminster, Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Prince George and Nelson as well as in Surrey.

Who: For ages 13-21
When: Monday 6:00pm-8:30pm
Where: Newton Youth Resource Centre, #114-13479 76th Ave, Surrey
Contact: Email youth4achange.com

Families

Abby Parents and Loved Ones of Trans* Discussion Group

A group where parents, guardians and loved ones of trans*, gender dysphoric or gender questioning people can get accurate, relevant information pertaining to your specific family situation. This group is free and runs monthly. Please contact the group facilitator for group information and dates.

Who: loved ones of trans* & gender diverse folks
When: once a month from 7-9pm
Where: 32883 South Fraser Way Unit #108A, Abbotsford (Positive Living Fraser Valley Society)
Contact: Lukas Walther at 604-996-8169

Parents of Trans Youth Group (In Surrey –South Fraser Region)

Parents of trans youth (18 or under).

When: Once a month on Tuesday from 5:00 to 6:30.
Where: Family must reside in Delta, White Rock, Surrey, Langley, or Ladner area.
Contact: Call the facilitator, Janine Tredwell or Dr. Wallace Wong at (604) 501-3122 for more information.

Support Group for Parents & Caregivers (Burnaby)

When: Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm
Where: Near Metrotown Skytrain Station
Contact: Email transsupport@plea.bc.ca

Support Group for Parents & Caregivers (North Fraser)

This group is an opportunity for discussion, information sharing and support for trans youth (25 years & under) and the parents and caregivers of trans youth. Runs concurrently with “Trans Youth Group”

When: The 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month 7-9pm
Where: Tri-Cities (Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam & Port Moody)
Contact: Please contact transsupport@plea.bc.ca for more information.

All Ages

Among Friends

A drop in support group for gender diverse and trans people in the Fraser Valley. This is group is located in a quiet setting in the flatlands of Sumas East Abbotsford. There is a $5 drop in fee to help with snacks and supplies for group time. If you live in the area come on out and join us.

When: The first Wednesday of every month 7 – 8:30pm
Where: Sumas East Abbotsford
Contact: Contact Deana: deana@cheamcentre.com or 604-751-3599

I Belong — Free Peer Support Social Group for LGBTQ Immigrants, Refugees, and Newcomers.

Meet new people, make friends, and participate in fun activities! Volunteer language support available.

Who: LGBTQ Immigrants, Refugees and Newcommers
When: Every 2nd Monday of the month 5:30-7:30pm
Where: MOSAIC Burnaby Centre for Immigrants, 5902 Kingsway
Contact: Please register with Darae ibelong@mosaicbc.com or 604-254-9626

Vancouver Island Health Authority

Youth

AVI Courtenay Youth Drop-in Group

A youth Drop in for queer, questioning, trans, and allied youth in Courtenay BC.

When: Contact for details
Where: Contact for details
Contact: (250) 338-7400, or Jasmina.Majcenic@avi.org

AVI Queer Peers Youth Leadership Program Victoria

A leadership program for queer and trans youth aged 15-24, focused on peer support skills, sexual health, harm reduction, queer and trans issues, and community participation.

When: TBA, Annual Sessions.
Where: 3rd floor, 713 Johnson St, Victoria BC
Contact: AVI Youth at Risk Coordinator, 250-384-2366

Campbell River LGBT2Q+ Youth Drop In Group

A youth drop in for queer, questioning, trans and allied youth. Celebrating and creating safe space, community, pride, art and creativity, self expression and social support

 

 

Who: LGBT2Q+ Youth Ages 15-24
When: Every Wednesday from 5-7pm
Where: Foundry - John Howard Society North Island: 140 10th Ave Campbell River, BC
Contact: Laura : email: LauraM@jhsni.bc.ca; call or text: 250-202-6230

Nanaimo Generation Q Youth Program

Our mission is to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive space that allows youth to connect, and openly express their concerns regarding issues impacting their lives and the LGBTQQIP2SAA community. For youth aged 13-18. Youth aged 18-24 are encouraged to participate as youth mentors and volunteers.

Who: Youth ages 13-18
When: Thursday evenings
Where: South Side Teen Centre, 20 Fifth St. Nanaimo BC
Contact: 1-250-754-3215, generationqinfo@gmail.com

Port Alberni Wilde Youth

A youth Drop in for queer, questioning, trans, and allied youth aged 13-18 in the Alberni Valley Region.

Who: Youth 13-18 years old
When: Thursday 3:15pm-5:00pm
Where: 4260A – 10th Ave. Port Alberni, BC
Contact: 1-250-724-6166, or debra.adaps@shaw.ca

Saanich Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit & Allied Youth Drop-In

A drop-in for self-identified Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit & Allied youth between 13-18. This is a fun hang-out space for you to create what you need, meet new folks, make new friends, socialize, or just be you! A safer, supportive space with Queer/Trans mentors.

When: Fridays, 7-10pm
Where: Upside Teen Centre at Saanich Commonwealth Place
Contact: alana.goddard@saanich.ca or 250-47507624 for more info

Families

Gender Spectacular

A youth Drop in for trans, gender creative two-spirit or non- binary kids grade 7 and their families (siblings welcome!). Trans parents and families with children grade 7 and under also welcome. The drop in is a chance to meet and build community with other families. Games, activities, resources, coffee/tea and snacks provided

Important: There are only two more sessions left of this group before it breaks for the summer to be held on May 12th and June 9th and the break will take place in both July and August

When: Every 2nd Friday of the Month, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Quadra Village Community Centre (901 Kings Rd, Victoria)
Contact: gendercreativetransvictoria@gmail.com

PFLAG Victoria

A community of and welcome to LGBTIQQTSA persons that are seeking supports, education and resources for parents, families, friends and allies to queer and trans community(s).

When: 3rd Sunday of each month, 2:00pm
Where: St. John the Divine off of Quadra & Mason Street
Contact: Sharon at (250) 385-9462, victoriabc@pflagcanada.ca

Support group for Parents and Families of Gender Diverse and Transgender Children

Are you a family of a transgender or gender-creative child or youth? You are not alone! Facilitators create an environment where families find supports and connect with others. All caregivers welcome, register or drop-in. Child minding available upon request.

When: 3rd Wednesday of the Month, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Commonwealth Place, Upside Teen Lounge, 4636 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria (traditional territories of the WSÁNÉC people)
Contact: gendercreativetransvictoria@gmail.com

Adults

University of Victoria Caucuses

Pride Youth Caucus: The Youth Caucus consists of and is led by queer/ trans/ 2-spirit youth. Being an action-oriented team, they plan events for these communities

Transfeminine Caucus: closed space for transwomen, two spirit, and transfeminine people. It is a space to meet in solidarity and support in transition and in life in general. They offer group-peer support, and plan events by and for members of their communities.

IPOC Caucus: The Indigenous/People of Colour Caucus is made up of Indigenous and racialized members of UVic Pride. They plan political, advocacy, and social events for the QT2IPOC (queer, trans, 2sprit, Indigenous, people of colour) community.

When: Contact for details
Where: Contact for details
Contact: pride@uvic.ca

All Ages

Courtenay Peer Support/Discussion Group

A trans discussion group.

When: Contact for details
Where: Contact for details
Contact: rozclicks@outlook.com
Website: http://www.comoxvalleytransgender.ca/comox-valley-transgender-discussion-group/

Rainbow Health Co-op

Rainbow Health Co-operative is BC’s largest community owned trans organization. We provide, healthcare, livelihood and related services to underserved communities. We are an 100% volunteer not-for-profit co-operative. We assist existing groups and establish new ones through the Hans Kai 4 Trans (HK4T) gender wellness program. HK4T is part of the Hans Kai family of programs which are provided across Canada through partnership with the Health Care Cooperatives Federation of Canada. Hans Kai 4 Trans happens in communities across Vancouver Island and helps trans people and their families engaged in physical and social transition access resources that make transition healthier, more affordable and better understood by everyone affected by this change in their lives.

When: Contact for details regarding group times/dates
Where: Contact for details regarding group locations
Contact: (888) 241-9992
Website: http://xqq.ca/rainbow-coop/

South Vancouver Island Gender Variant Drop-In

A drop-in program for trans, gender variant, and Two-Spirit Individuals in the south island area. A safe space to come together, share, create, and support.

Who: Trans, Gender variant and Two-Spirit folks
When: Last Thursday of every month, 6pm-7:30pm
Where: Victoria Public Library, 1st floor 900s block group meeting rooms
Website: https://www.facebook.com/southislandGVDI/

Interior Health Authority

Youth

Etcetera Youth Group

Etcetera is a weekly, facilitated program where youth ages 10-13 and 14-18 who identify as LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning), and their allies, can meet and make lasting friendships with supportive peers. The name “Etcetera” reflects the diversity of the youth who participate in the program, including those whose identities are more varied and expansive than what could ever be described in an acronym.

We do social activities, hold special events, conduct empowerment and healthy relationship discussions, and engage other areas of interest for our young people. Our program expands beyond the youth group to provide youth with community navigation services, and offer leadership training and education initiatives to develop youth skills and allow them to bring their knowledge back to their schools and community.

Who: Youth Ages 10-18 years old
When: Thursdays, Ages 10-14 from 4:30-5:30pm, Ages 14-18 from 6:00-7:00pm; next session starting up on June 1st, 2017
Where: 630 Cadder Ave, Kelowna
Contact: Email AstriJ@lprc.ca or call 778-753-5830 (ext.104) for more info.
Website: http://okanaganpride.com/youth/

Safe Spaces Kamloops

Safe Spaces is for youth up to 26 years of age who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, Two-Spirit, queer or questioning and their allies. This youth-driven drop-in group meets weekly in a space with a resource library, art supplies, games and comfy couches! A coordinator is available for 1-1 appointments and attends all group functions. We also provide workshops and presentations in Kamloops and surrounding communities.

Contact: sspaces@interiorcommunityservices.bc.ca

Vernon GLBT Youth Drop-In

This is a drop-in for youth ages 14-19 years old

Who: Youth ages 14-19 years old
When: Monday's 4-5:30pm
Where: Vernon Boys and Girls Club (3300 37th Ave, Vernon, BC)
Contact: Deon at Family Resource Centre 250-545-3390

Families

Cariboo Proud Parents

Interior Cariboo parent/peer support and resources for families with gender variant children. We tailor support based on needs, and we meet at parent and caregivers’ request.

Where: Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre in 100 Mile House
Contact: caribooproudparents@gmail.com (Facebook page coming soon!)

Etcetera Parent Network

The Etcetera Parent Network is a once monthly meeting for parents and guardians of LGBTQ+ youth. They may come alone or bring their youth under 18 with them. The group features facilitated discussion and education for parents and families and provides the space for families to connect, support, and learn from each other.

Who: Parents & Caregivers of LGBTQ2S Youth
When: First Thursday of each month, 4:30-5:30; next session is on Thursday June 1st, 2017
Where: 630 Cadder Ave, Kelowna
Contact: Email AstriJ@lprc.ca or call 778-753-5830 (ext.104) for more info.
Website: http://okanaganpride.com/youth/

TransParent Peer Support Okanagan

Created by and for trans* parents to provide peer support, sharing resources, learning, friendship.

When: See Facebook page for further details
Where: See Facebook page for further details
Contact: See Facebook page for further details
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/829161680571380/

All Ages

Gender Identity Group- Okanagan

This is a positive, safe, inclusive, supportive space for, gender non-conforming, non-binary, transsexual, transgender, gender queer inter-sexed or questioning (or any variation there of under the rainbow spectrum) people living in or near Kelowna or the Okanagan are to discuss matters and various topics while providing and obtaining peer support. The minimum age is 16 however if you find yourself in a situation, regardless of age, where you need support, please do not hesitate to reach out. We would never turn someone away.

When: Every second Tuesday from 6-8pm
Where: Upstairs at Okanagan Regional Library – Downtown Branch
Contact: gendergroupkelowna@gmail.com if you have general questions or want more information
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/483013015099468/

Get REAL (Ready to Embrace Authentic Living)

For anyone on the LGBTQIA spectrum who isn’t out of the closet and would like support of likeminded individuals who are going through the same thing. Getting support from folks who are out as to help folks in the closet who are going through the same thing. This is a private, confidential and non-judgemental space. Hosted in Cranbrook, BC.

Who: For anyone on the LGBTQIA spectrum who isn't out of the closet
When: Contact for details
Where: Contact for details
Contact: For more information, contact Cameron at: Cameron.rose@cranbrookpride.ca for location and how often it occurs.

Kamloops: Trans/Gender Queer Social Support Group

This is a support group for those who have the experience or are transsexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, gender queer, or anyone who fits on the gender spectrum. The group is for anyone 18 and older. Driver is available for participants to get to and from meetings.

When: 6-8pm; 1 Thursday per month (participants should contact Corey for next date of group)
Where: Blue Room (not always in Blue Room, but may be in another room in the Student Union Building), Student Union Building, Thompson Rivers University.
Contact: Contact Corey @ (250)299-6250 or coreyvkeith@gmail.com

Trans Connect (Nelson)

Support and Resources for Trans/Gender Diverse People.

  • Trans 101 workshops for service providers, police, educators, mental health workers, etc.
  • Buddy system to connect rural trans folks with others.
  • Peer-support/social groups in Nelson and Cranbrook.
  • Resources and referrals for trans folks living in rural communities.
  • Community forums.
Where: contact Christopher for more details
Contact: Christopher Moore 250-354-5362 or 250-505-5506
Website: http://www.kootenaytransgender.com

Trans Connect (Cranbrook)

Support and Resources for Trans/Gender Diverse People.

  • Trans 101 workshops for service providers, police, educators, mental health workers, etc.
  • Buddy system to connect rural trans folks with others.
  • Peer-support/social groups in Nelson and Cranbrook.
  • Resources and referrals for trans folks living in rural communities.
  • Community forums.
Where: Contact for more details
Contact: Christopher Moore 250-354-5362 or 250-505-5506

Northern Health Authority (NHA)

Youth

Prince George QSA

Library QSA is a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning and Straight teens and teens with LGBTQ families. Teen friends and allies are welcome. The Library QSA is a city-wide group open to all youths in grades 8-12 in Prince George and area. Every-other Tuesday, 7-8:30pm.

Who: Grades 8-12
When: Every-other Tuesday, 7-8:30pm.
Where: Bob Harkins Library Branch -888 Canada Way. Prince George
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/librarygsa/ and message Michael Cruikshank

Prince Rupert Queer Youth Alliance

Group for LGBTQ+ youth in grades 8-12.

Who: Grades 8-12
When: TBA
Where: Charles Hays Secondary School & Prince Rupert Secondary
Contact: queeryouthalliance@gmail.com

QSA @ FSJPL

Our Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) is a fun group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, Two Spirit, queer, or questioning youth in Grades 7 through 12. Friends, family and straight allies are welcome! We meet the first Thursday of every month for fun activities like cosplay, movies & munchies night, gaymer nights, maker & tech, crafting, and more!

Who: Grades 7 – Grade 12
When: The first Thursday of the every month 7-8:30pm
Where: Fort St. John Public Library, 10015 100 Ave, Fort St John
Contact: Join our QSA @ FSJPL facebook group to find out what we’re doing this month!

Families

Parents of Gender-Creative Kids – Prince George

Parent to parent support group. Concerned about your child’s gender identity or expression? Proud parent of a gender-creative kid or transgender child? A welcoming place to share in the joys and worries of raising a rainbow child in a pink and blue world!

When: First Thursday of each month, 5-6pm
Where: Meeting room, Blue Pine Health Clinic, 102-1302 7th Avenue, Prince George
Contact: parentsgendercreativekidspg@gmail.com
Website: http://www.facebook.com/gendercreative

All Ages

Gender Outlines

Gender Outlines is a support, action, and discussion group for the trans community in Prince George. Trans is an umbrella term used to describe anyone whose gender identity or expression situates them differently than the traditional gender role they were assigned at birth. Gender Outlines welcomes not only trans individuals but those who are questioning and their gender identity

When: First Wednesday of the month at 8pm
Where: Contact for details
Contact: genderoutlines@gmail.com or (250)-561-0141 for location

Peace Area Trans Support Group (P.A.T.S.G)

This group is for trans, gender queer and non-binary folks to gather in a safe place and talk as well as share our stories and resources. We are very fortune to have two social workers who volunteer their time as well. (River Counselling Centre) For those in the South/North Peace and surrounding area.

When: The third Thursday of the month at 7PM.
Where: The old medical building in Fort St John (9807 101 Ave) upstairs in the conference room
Contact: Email dtcarnell@gmail.com.

Online

All Ages

Cornbury Society

A social, educational and support group that caters primarily to crossdressers, their partners and loved ones, and others who support them. Meetings can be social events, seminars on the various aspects of the craft of crossdressing, guest speakers, shopping trips and so on. Locations and dates provided only to members.

Contact: info@cornbury.org
Website: http://www.cornbury.org

Kootenay Transgender

This website has information on a variety of programs and groups advocating trans and gender variant folks in the East & West Kootenay regions of BC.

Website: http://kootenaytransgender.com/

Mid Island Trans

This group is for trans, gender variant, crossdressing, and questioning people in Nanaimo and the Central Vancouver Island area.

Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MidIslandTrans/

Trans Vancouver Island

A resource and information site for trans people and their allies on Vancouver Island.

Website: http://www.transvancouverisland.ca/

Vancouver Trans Network

For trans, gender variant and questioning persons in the greater Vancouver area. To share info and build community.

Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vancouvertrans/

Vanguys

Online listserve for trans guys in Vancouver and BC

Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vanguys/