LGBTQ

LGBTQ community resources

Resources

 

2-Spirit Collective

Provides support, resources, and programming for Indigenous youth, ages 15 to 30, who identify as 2-spirit or LGBTQ+ 

Aging with Pride

Work with seniors’ living and wellness operators to help improve LGBTQ2+ competency across the sector

AIDS Vancouver

Provides health care to people affected by HIV/AIDS living in the Lower Mainland

Big Bro's Barber Shop

A place where trans people could receive hair services without hassle, purchase gender-affirming products that are rarely available on store shelves, and have access to resources that are often difficult to find or afford

 

CampOUT!

A social justice summer camp for queer, trans, Two-Spirit, and allied youth from BC

Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre

Provides low-barrier wellness and legal services to Two-Sprit, transgender and gender non-conforming people

Coming Out Handbook

Guidance on sharing your sexual orientation and gender identity, or supporting someone to do so

DJ Jakki's Dance Events for Women

Hosting dances for the lesbian and queer women's communities in greater Vancouver since 1982

Dr. Peter Centre

Provides clinical care for HIV/AIDS delivered daily with a stigma-free approach

Events Calendar

A calendar of queer events in the Lower Mainland

Flygirl Productions

Events for lesbians to connect, find new friends, and party

Foundation of Hope

Supports LGBTQ newcomers

Friends for Life

Welcomes people in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland facing life challenges associated with HIV, hepatitis C, cancer and other life-interrupting illnesses to participate in specialized support programs

 

HIM - Health Initiative for Men

Offers a full spectrum of health-based programming and services to meet the sexual, mental, physical and social health needs of communities of self-identified GBQ men and gender diverse people in BC 

Lesbian Quarterly

An online magazine about the achievements, knowledge, events, and interests of lesbians

Lez Hookup Events

A comfortable way to meet other women in the community

LGBTQ Employment Services

PRISM Employment Services is trauma-informed employment support for 2SLGBTQIA+ adults living in BC. Participants receive up to 12 one-to-one coaching sessions with a career case manager, as well as employment workshops.​

 

McLaren Housing

Works with low-income individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS and are homeless or inadequately housed

MOSAIC - I Belong

LGBTQIA2+ programs and resources for newcomers

 

Options for Sexual Health

Sexual health clinics for people in BC who need to talk about sexuality or sexual health or access sexual and reproductive health care

Out On Patrol

A peer support organization for 2SLGBTQ+ members of law enforcement

Peer Support Directory

Find peer support groups and services across BC for trans, gender diverse, and Two-Spirit children, youth, and adults, as well as their parents, families, partners, and support networks

 

Pflag Canada

Provides peer support, education and advocacy for a Canada that affirms, respects and values all sexualities, genders and gender expressions

Pride Education Network

A network of teachers, administrators, support staff, youth and parents strives to make the B.C. school system more welcoming and equitable for LGBTQ students and staff, and queer families

PridelineBC 

One-to-one support, and information about services and resources around BC, for LGBT. (and questioning) youth and adults. Call 1-800-566-1170.

QCHAT

A peer support line and resource database for LGBTQ2S youth in BC. Lines are open Saturday-Thursday, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST. 

Queer Arts Festival

Brings communities together to support artistic risk-taking, incite creative collaboration and experimentation and celebrate the rich heritage of queer artists and art

QueerProv

A queer improv comedy club featuring some of Vancouver's silliest, most diverse talent

 

Qmunity

A place where queer, trans, and Two-Spirit persons can meet, guide, and support each other

Rainbow Refugee

Provides support, information, and system navigation to LGBTQ refugees and refugee claimants seeking refugee status in Canada

Saige Community Food Bank

Provides a no barrier safe space for transgender and gender non-conforming or queer individuals to access healthy food, as well as support from their LGBTQ2+ peers and allies

Sher Vancouver

Provides support through education and outreach to South Asian members of the LGBTQ+ community

Spectrum Health

A full service family practice that offers comprehensive primary medical care and expertise in the management of HIV

Trans Care BC

Supports the delivery of equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for trans people across BC

Trans Lifeline

A trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Their trans hotline is open for calls at 1-877-330-6366.

Trans Newcomers Resources

An online community that provides information and support to newcomer transgender folks, including information and resources, peer and mentor support, and a platform to build a network of support

Vancouver Pride Society

Promotes and organizes Pride events in Vancouver

Wellness Beyond the Binary

A digital resource hub for-youth-by-youth that provides individuals of marginalized genders with a safer space to access gender-affirming healthcare resources

What's On Queer BC Resource Guide

An extensive list of LGBTQI2S+ resources 

YouthCO

Conversations and resources about sexual health, harm reduction, and stigma

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Can I change the gender designation on my birth certificate and ID?

  • Yes. All ages can have their gender designation changed, but the forms you must submit vary by age. Applicants under 19 must have the consent of all their parents with guardianship, and applicants 12 and under must also submit a physician or psychologist confirmation. 

  • Find more information and the required forms here