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

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

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 LGBTQIA+ youth using their online database.
  • Family Service Toronto - David Kelley Services (DKS) (Toronto) - A program that offers counselling to LGBTQIA+ -identified individuals and to people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • 519 Church Street Community Centre (Toronto) - Has programs that focus on the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Access Alliance (Toronto) - This organization offers programs and services for LGBTQIA+ newcomers.
  • Queerspora - A project aimed to mobilize sexual health knowledge and skills within Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer (GBTQ) newcomer communities in their diaspora with an intersectional vision.
  • Trans Lifeline – A free helpline for people who identify as transgender. Call 1-877-330-6366.
  • Speqtrum A youth-founded and youth-focused skill-sharing and community building program for 2S-LGBTQIA+ young people in Hamilton, Ontario.

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 LGBTQIA+ community. For example:

Immigration-Related Services

  • Lesbian and Gay Immigration Taskforce (LEGIT) - Provides immigration information and support to queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender 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, Intersex, Asexual and/or Questioning (LGBTQIA+) 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 LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ community in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
  • xtra.ca - A publication focused on the LGBTQIA+ 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.
  • Parenting and Family Resources, LGBT2SQ Communities - A website that provides information, resources and support to LGBTQIA+ parents, their children and communities. From the LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ friendly services.

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

Last updated: January 16, 2023 4001339