What services can I get as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) person?

In Ontario, you can find organizations and services for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning (LGBTQ+).

You can find health, counselling, legal and business services. Many of these services are free.

General Community Services

  • PFLAG - A national organization that promotes the health and well-being of individuals struggling with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, their families and friends through support and education. PFLAG stands for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
  • Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line - Get free and confidential information and support from your peers. Call 1-800-268-9688 or 416-962-9688 (TTY). You can also search for services for LGBTQ+ youth using their online database.
  • Family Service Toronto - David Kelley Services (DKS) (Toronto) - A program that offers counselling to LGBTQ+ -identified individuals and to people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • 519 Church Street Community Centre (Toronto) - Has programs that focus on the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Access Alliance (Toronto) - This organization offers programs and services for LGBTQ+ newcomers.
  • Trans Lifeline – A free helpline for people who identify as transgendered. Call 1-877-330-6366.

Ethno-Cultural Services

Some community groups focus on a specific ethnic or cultural group. For example:

Many organizations that have services for people living with HIV/AIDS also have programs for the LGBTQ+ community. For example:

Immigration-Related Services

  • Lesbian and Gay Immigration Taskforce (LEGIT) - Provides immigration information and support to queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. The organization also works to end discrimination in Canada's immigration regulations.
  • Positive Spaces Initiative - Developed by OCASI, positive spaces are welcoming environments where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and/or Questioning (LGBTQ+) newcomers are able to access services free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

Health Services

You can find information about appropriate health services in the article Where can I find LGBTQ+ Positive Health Services?

Where to Find More Services

Here are just a few places to look:

  • Pink Pages - An online and print directory for the LGBTQ+ community in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
  • xtra.ca - A publication focused on the LGBTQ+ communities in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver.
  • Community Links - A list of links to community resources. From the University of Toronto Sexual and Gender Diversity Office.
  • LGBTQ+ Parenting Connection - A website that provides information, resources and support to LGBTQ+ parents, their children and communities. From the LGBTQ+ Parenting Network, a program of the Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto.
  • Rainbow Health Ontario Service Directory – A directory that lists doctors and healthcare professionals who deliver LGBTQ+ friendly services.

You can also contact your local community information centre for more information about services in your area.

Last updated: August 16, 2016 4001339