LGBTQ Parenting

Resources On Campus

LGBTOUT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered of the University of Toronto)

LGBTOUT is an informal organization of diverse people that is continuously evolving. With a 30-year history working in, with and for our community on campus, LGBTOUT provides a focus for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgendered and Queer presence on campus, as well as a forum for discussing LGBTQ issues both politically and socially. LGBTOUT seeks to fulfill a broad spectrum of mandates, including: providing a place for LGBTQ students and alumni to socialize; providing an opportunity to be involved in political actions around LGBTQ issues; working with other groups to fight oppression and discrimination on campus, in society and on the street; and fighting homophobia in as many ways as possible, no matter where or how it presents itself.

Sexual & Gender Diversity Office

The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office at the University of Toronto is dedicated to and works towards addressing discrimination based on sexual and gender diversity.

Sexual Education Centre at the University of Toronto

A student-run collective dedicated to promoting healthy perspectives on human sexuality and relationships. The need for a free, supportive and nonjudgmental space where students may learn and discuss issues regarding healthy sexuality and relationships continues to be manifested among this large University campus and its surrounding community.

Community Resources

LGBTQ Programs at the 519 Church Street Community Centre

Gay Fathers of Toronto (GFT)

Gay Fathers of Toronto is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to provide a supportive environment to gay men who are in a parenting role by providing assistance in building self-confidence and by supporting them in their endeavors to be loving and responsible fathers and caregivers. Please note that you do not need to be out in order to attend group meetings and activities. Many men who come to GFT are still in some stage of a marriage, either still living with a spouse, separated, or uncertain of their sexual orientation. Meetings are held every other Thursday at 7:30pm at the YMCA (fourth floor, 42 Charles Street East).

GFT also has a support line open four nights each week (Monday to Thursday) from 7pm to 10pm -- 416-410-0438. Information on meetings and social events can also be obtained by calling the GFT information line at 416-925-9872, ext. 2124. Contact information@gayfathers-toronto.com for more information.

The Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Trans (LGBT) Parenting Network

The LGBT Parenting Network is a project of the David Kelley Services, Family Service Association of Toronto. Thanks to funding from the Counselling Foundation of Canada this organization is in a position to develop resources, including written materials and seminars, for LGBT parents in and around the Greater Toronto Area. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rachel Epstein, LGBT Parenting Network Coordinator, at 416-324-4100 ext. 5219. You can also email Rachel at repstein@sherbourne.on.ca.

Children

COLAGE: Children Of Gays And Lesbians Everywhere

A social support group for students (grade three and up) with lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender parents. The Toronto-based group meets twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesday at the 519 Church Street Community Centre from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. This group provides the opportunity for children to meet new friends, talk confidentially about issues that are important to them and have fun in a supportive environment. For more information, please contact Steven Solomon, School Social Worker, Toronto District School Board, at 416-397-3749 or steven.solomon@tdsb.on.ca.

The Anti-Homophobia Equity Coalition (AHEC) is a coalition of parents, educators and youth. The AHEC is working in cooperation with the LGBT Parenting Network in order to discuss what kinds of information and/or resources are needed to assist LGBT families in dealing with the school system and fighting hatred and homophobia. For more information, contact Rachel Epstein at 416-595-0307, ext. 270, or rachelep@fsatoronto.com. The majority of hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer individuals go unreported. LGBTQ facilitates anonymous reporting for victims, witnesses and individuals aware of hate crimes on campus. Visit the LGBTQ Resources & Programs website for more information.

PFLAG (formerly Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) helps families deal with, understand, and accept their non-heterosexual children. By looking at sexual orientation and gender identity issues from a family perspective this site provides support, education and resources for families of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, two-spirited, intersex, queer or questioning individuals.

SUPPORTING OUR YOUTH (SOY)

Offers support groups, drop-in groups, scholarships, and clubs for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth.

More Resources

Gay Parent Magazine

A resource for lesbians and gay men who are, or wish to be, parents.

Gay Toronto

Provides online listings for gay oriented businesses, services and classifieds, with maps of Toronto and information on support and social organizations.