LGBTQ Resources

We are all part of a diverse world with many cultures, religions, races and beliefs. Human sexuality is also diverse, and all sexual orientations and gender identities are normal. It is your right to identify your own sexual orientation and gender, just as it’s your right to identify your religion and beliefs.

However for some people, understanding personal sexual orientation and gender can be difficult. Aside from the personal challenges, there can be pressure from family, friends and society to act and feel a certain way. This can lead to other difficulties. For example, those trying to identify their gender and sexual orientation are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and other mental health challenges.

The Sexuality and Gender Equity (SAGE) Working Group was formed to help raise awareness and make it easier for those who are in the process of understanding their own sexuality. The committee is made up of members from various organizations in Thunder Bay including the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. Its role is to:

  • Support initiatives which promote safety and equity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and Two-Spirited community
  • Provide support to individuals, school boards and other agencies
  • Offer feedback and advice with respect to the implementation of LGBTQ initiatives, including research projects, policies or new programs
  • Act as advocates and information brokers
  • Establish Task Groups when needed to deal with specific issues

Below are a categorized list of links for LGBTQ support and education. All attempts have been made to be as inclusive as possible. If you have a suggestion for new links, please contact the TBDHU's Sexual Health Program at (807) 625-5900 or toll free at 1-888-294-6630.

 

Resources

General

Elevate NWO

  • Information
  • Counselling
  • Health care
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Support

Egale – Canada Human Rights Trust

Gender Issues Centre – Lakehead University

  • Information
  • May provide teachers’ resources
  • Support

Pride Central – Lakehead University

  • Information
  • Support

Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre

  • Information
  • Support

Rainbow Health Ontario

  • Information
  • May provide teachers’ resources

 

Adult Counselling Services

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

  • Counselling and Crisis Response

North of Superior Counselling Programs

  • Adult and Youth Counselling

Thunder Bay Counselling Centre

 

Child and Youth Counselling Services

Canadian Mental Health Association – Child and Youth Crisis Response

  • Call (807) 346-8282 (Thunder Bay) or toll free 1-888-269-3100 (District)

Children’s Centre Thunder Bay

My GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance – Egale Canada)

Youthline

  • 1-800-268-9688

Kids’ Help Phone

  • 1-800-668-6868

Dilico – Youth Outreach - (807) 629-0224

 

For Teachers

Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario – Welcoming LGBTQ Families

Ontario Secondary Schools Teachers’ Federation – Workshops and Support Materials

  • (807) 623-7562

 

Faith Communities

Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship (Thunder Bay)

St. John’s United Church (Marathon)

 

Health Care

TBDHU Sexual Health Clinic

Confederation College Health Centre

Lakehead University – Student Health and Counselling

NorWest Community Health Centres – Urgent Care

 

HIV/AIDS

Anonymous Testing – TBDHU

Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy

 

Legal Resources

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario

Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic

Legal Aid Ontario

Human Rights Legal Support Centre

 

Support

The Other 10% (Children’s Centre Thunder Bay)

PFLAG Canada

Trans* Support Collective

Trans Support Group - NorWest Community Health Centre

  • Call Rolande: (807) 626-8487

Parent Support Group – Catholic Family Development Centre

Integrity – a support group for Anglican LGBTQ people and their friends (St. John the Evangelist Church)

Integrity Canada

 

Unions

CUPE

 

For Further Information

Call the Sexual Health Clinic: 625-5900

or toll-free: 1-888-294-6630

Last Updated: 23/05/2017