Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, all group programming, including all peer support groups is suspended until further notice. Some support group facilitators have moved their meetings online, please email the group for details. Each group contact details can be found in the group’s description below.

It’s not just you. People are complicated … to find!

We all seem to be in the same boat regarding the difficulties in meeting other like-minded folks. If only we were also in the same room! But our social groups are a good place to start—check out how we can help you meet, share your experiences, or just have fun with others below.

And if you are feeling shy, you can always email us at [email protected] and we’ll hook you up!

Please note that all of our support groups are peer-run and by volunteer facilitators not by professionals, unless stated otherwise in the group description.

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Autistic Queer Peers

A peer support group for autistic queer and trans people to be able to make friends and have discussions in a low-social-pressure, semi-structured, and lightly-moderated environment. The group aims to facilitate a space for community and connection for autistic queer and trans people.

People who are questioning are welcome. That includes all questioning folks, including people who are autistic and questioning whether or not they are queer or trans and people who are queer or trans and questioning whether or not they are autistic.

All diagnoses are welcome, including formally diagnosed, self-diagnosed, and questioning. We recognize the financial barriers of diagnosis and do not require a diagnosis for participation or assign people value based on diagnosis status. We welcome folks with varying levels of support needs. This is an adult group for people 18+.

How do you sign up to attend? Email [email protected] with the subject line “Autistic Queer Support Group”. You don’t have to write anything in the body of the email. You will receive back further instructions on how to attend our meetings as well as an information package on what to expect from the group.

Feeling nervous about attending? You will not be required to interact with other participants verbally (you can instead use message functions if that is easier for you). You can keep your camera off if appearing on-screen seems intimidating or tiring. You can also choose not to interact at all and attend just to listen.

Date: 2nd Wednesday of every month, first meeting December 9th 2020

Time: 7:00 pm

Where: Online via Zoom, please contact the group for details

Contact: [email protected]

Gloriously Queer

If you are a woman who has been hurt by homophobia within any organized religion or faith, the Gloriously Queer (GQ) support group provides peer support and connection with others going through a similar experience. Participants can speak freely and embrace all aspects of their identity in a supportive, accepting, and confidential environment.

Facilitator Gina, who was born in Egypt and raised in an Orthodox Christian church, has experienced firsthand growing up and coming out in a community that actively condemns homosexuality. She created this group to bring women together who can relate to this struggle, and to find connection and empowerment through their shared experience. GQ aims to support marginalized and vulnerable individuals, and at this time the group is open only to women. (Trans, non-binary, and cis women are all welcome.)

Date: Monthly. 3rd Thursday of every month

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Online via Zoom, please contact the group for details

Contact: [email protected]

Asexual & Aromantic Social & Support Group (Aces & Aros)

A community space for those who are (or think they might be) on the asexual or aromantic spectrum to meet and discusses issues relevant to their lives and identities.

What: A community space to discuss ace and aro identities and issues.

Where: Online via Zoom, please contact the group for details

Contact: [email protected]

This is a peer-facilitated group run by dedicated community volunteers, with support from QMUNITY, the Asexual Visibility and Education Network, and Asexual Outreach

 

Transgathering: Medical

Transgathering: Medical is a safer space for gender diverse and gender exploring folk to discuss medical transition. Discussion can revolve around surgery, hormones, hair removal, natural alternatives to medical transition, etc. Folks at all stages of their medical transition journey are welcome - whether they are yet to start, or hoping to share wisdom, resources, and experiences.

Note: Transgathering: Medical is facilitated by peers. Medical professionals/doctors are not involved in regular meetings and the group cannot provide medical advice.

The group is open to folks who are 18+, living in BC currently, and trans, gender-diverse, two-spirit, gender exploring, etc.

Please email [email protected] and ask to be added to the Transgathering: Medical mailing list (separate from the regular Transgathering mailing list).

Date: 4th Tuesday of the month

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Online via Zoom, please contact the group for details

Contact: [email protected] 

Trans + Loved Ones

Trans + Loved Ones provides a space where people who have a loved one in their life who is transitioning or trans, gender diverse, etc. identified can meet and discuss the complexities and emotions involved with supporting their loved one in their transition journey. This is a safe space for both trans-identified folks and their loved ones (partners, parents, family, close friends, etc.) to share and speak about their experiences, and navigate their feelings while offering support to each other.

Note: this group is facilitated by peers, not trained counsellors or mental health professionals.

This group is intended for folks who are 18+ and currently living in BC, but exceptions can be made if one "party" in the relationship is living elsewhere. Please contact [email protected]qmunity.ca for further details or to request a link to the Zoom meeting/to be added to the Trans + Loved Ones mailing list (separate from the Transgathering mailing list).

Date: 2nd Tuesday of the month

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Online via Zoom, please contact the group for details

Contact: [email protected] 

Dear John, I Love Jane

Dear John has been running since 2011. This support group is for women who are questioning their sexuality after - or during - heterosexual relationships or marriages.

There is so much healing in telling our stories in a safe, supportive environment. If you’re grappling with issues of sexual orientation, especially if you’re now – or have been in the past – in a relationship with a man, this group is for you.

Date: 1st Wednesday of each month

Time: 7:30 pm

Where: Online via Zoom, please contact the group for details

Contact: [email protected] 

Rainbow Light Meditation

This one-hour meditation workshop aims to improve and enhance the mental/emotional/spiritual wellbeing of LGBTQAI+ immigrants and newcomers. Other LGBTQ2SAI+ folks are welcome to join us to attain a more peaceful and mindful state of being through meditation.

Please join by RSVP only.

Date: Every Saturday

Time: 6 PM – 7 PM

Contact: [email protected]

BiFocus

This group is currently on hiatus until a new facilitator is selected.

A peer-facilitated support group for folks of all genders who are (or think they might be) sexually and/or romantically attracted to people of more than one gender or regardless of gender. This can include people who identify as bi+, non-monosexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, & other queer self-identifications.

Whether you have felt or identified this way for years, or these are new questions for you, you’re invited to share your experiences in a non-judgmental space. Delve into topics of relationships, loneliness, oppression (monosexism, bi+ phobia, and erasure), health and mental health, creating community, and more!

Date & Time: Please contact the group for meeting details during COVID-19

Contact: [email protected]

 

Queer Love ˣ: QMUNITY’s Non-monogamy peer support group

The aim of this group is to provide a space for peer support and community building for folks who are LGBTQ2SAI+, and are practicing or who are interested in ethical non-monogamy, polyamory, and/or challenging normative relationships models.

Date: 2nd Thursday of the month (starting April 2021)

Time: 7pm

Where: Online via Zoom, please contact the group for details

Contact: [email protected] or visit their Facebook page

Transgender ID Change Clinic

This service is currently on hiatus, pending further engagement with organizers and in consideration of COVID-19 health regulations.

 

For updated information and guidance on changing IDs, please visit the Updating ID Guide by TransCare BC.

Trans Care BC is excited to share a new resource to assist with the process of updating personal identification – The Updating ID Guide. This online tool provides information about how to legally change your name and gender marker on identity documents issued by the B.C provincial and Canadian federal governments.

Rainbow Refugee Committee

Founded in 2000, Rainbow Refugee Committee (RRC) is a member-driven, all-volunteers community group that supports and advocates with people seeking refugee protection because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.

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Rainbow Refugee is currently offering Virtual Information Drop-Ins.

When: Wednesdays 7pm & Sundays 2pm.

Contact [email protected] for more information. See https://www.rainbowrefugee.com/news for updates.

Transgathering

A drop-in for all variations of trans-identified and gender-variant folks with the opportunity to connect, share, discuss, and learn in a safe and supportive environment.

Transgathering is happy to announce that they are fully online through Zoom!

Please note this group is intended for participants who are 18+, residing in BC, and trans, gender variant, two-spirit, gender exploring, etc.

Date: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, bonus group night on the 5th Tuesday (when there is one)

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Online via Zoom, please contact the group for details

Contact: [email protected] 

 

Generations Yoga

Generations Yoga is currently on hiatus during COVID.

GenYoga provides hatha yoga practice for older LGBTQ2S adults. Led by a trained practitioner, it is gentle, fully inclusive and geared to beginners as well as longterm practitioners with some attention to mindfulness and breath. Yoga is an eclectic practice that requires no previous experience or specific fitness level. If you can get to Barclay Manor, you can practice yoga with us. Classes are free, accessible, and drop-in style. Bring a mat, blanket and/or cushion, if you have them. All levels welcome!

Special thanks to the West End Seniors' Network (WESN), our community partner.