Trans Life Line

Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well-being of transgender people. The toll-free hotline is staffed by trans people for trans people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of the trans community might have.

Phone: 1.877.330.6366

Justice Trans

Justice Trans is a not-for-profit aimed at increasing access to justice for the transgender community across Canada.

Justice Trans’ vision is to be the most up-to-date mobile phone application and website offering legal information about transgender rights across Canada, fostering an environment where transgender Canadians are increasingly aware of their legal rights in the face of an ever-changing legal environment.

Visit the website and download the app!

Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN)

NYSHN is an organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice.

It is an LGBTQ-affirming space that offers resources such as a free ‘Two Spirit Resources Directory,’ ‘Healthy Sexuality & Fighting Homophobia and Transphobia’ the first national campaign for First Nations youth to fight homophobia and transphobia, as well as a ‘Two Spirit & Indigenous LGBTQQIA Mentors, Elders & Grandparents Support Circle.’

Ombudsman Ontario

As of September 1, 2015, the Ontario Ombudsman can take complaints about the province’s 82 school boards.

The Ombudsman can investigate complaints about the administrative conduct of school boards that have not been resolved by local complaint mechanisms or appeals processes. These may include concerns about special education supports, school and school board policies, customer service provided by board staff, or other matters within the authority of individual school boards. Constitutional rights to denominational and minority language education will be preserved with respect to any school board matters. If you don’t know if your complaint falls within the Office’s jurisdiction, please contact them.

Anyone with an unresolved concern about a school board – including parents and family members, school board staff and trustees, teachers or special interest groups – can contact the Ombudsman by using the online complaint form on their website.

Complaints can also be filed by phone (1-800-263-1830), or email info@ombudsman.on.ca.

LGBT Youth Line

The LGBT Youth Line Mission:

“The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line exists to provide service for youth, by youth that affirms the experiences and aspirations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, 2-spirited, queer and questioning youth in Ontario. Working within an anti-oppression and anti-racist framework, we provide leadership opportunities, outreach, confidential peer support and referrals by telephone, texting and online.”

Youth Line is a toll-free Ontario-wide peer-support (for youth by youth) service.  Youth Line’s number will not show up on a phone bill.

Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM.

Egale Youth OUTreach Counselling Centre and Drop In

A mental health and housing support centre for LGBTIQ2S youth up to 29 years of age. On-sight counsellors and peer support workers offer same-day and appointment-based services, case management, crisis response, and ongoing support. Tokens are available to those who access services.

Location: 183 Carlton Street (stayed tuned for potential address change)

Phone: 1.416.964.7887 ext. 9

Outside of Toronto, counselling over the phone and referrals: 1.844.443.4253 (1.844.44-Egale)

 

LGBTQ Rights in Schools by CCLA and CCLET

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is a national organization that was constituted to promote respect for and observance of fundamental human rights and civil liberties, and to defend, extend, and foster recognition of these rights and liberties. The fight against abuse of state authority has not always won popularity contests for CCLA, but the Association has been a leader in protecting our fundamental freedoms, and has earned widespread respect for its principled stands on such issues as censorship, capital punishment, and police powers.

Click here to download their Information Guide to LGBTQ Rights in Schools designed for students, allies and teachers; created by CCLA and the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET).

Need Help Now (social media)

If you (or a friend, peer or sibling) have been involved in a self/peer exploitation incident (otherwise known as “sexting”), we are here to help. This site provides you with guidance on steps you can take to get through this.  This website includes information on what steps you can take to have on-line content removed, how to deal with others, getting help, coping and reporting.

The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (formerly Jer’s Vision)

The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD), formerly known as Jer’s Vision, promotes diversity in gender identity, gender expression, and romantic and/or sexual orientation through services in the areas of education, health, and advocacy.

Check out their programs, campaigns, events, awards & scholarship opportunities. Notably CCGSD is a proud leader in the International Day of Pink (DayOfPink.org) engaging people to wear pink and run programs that stand up to bullying.

Provincial Advocate for Children & Youth

The Office of the Provincial Advocate reports directly to the Ontario Legislature and provides an independent voice for children and youth, including children with special needs and First Nations children.

The advocates receive and respond to concerns from children, youth and families who are seeking or receiving services under the Child and Family Services Act and the Education Act (Provincial and Demonstration Schools).

The Provincial Advocate may identify systemic problems involving children, conduct reviews and provide education and advice on the issue of advocacy and the rights of children.