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Peel Region:

East Mississauga Community Health Centre – A multi-service agency that includes primary health care, outreach, service navigation, counseling, and groups.  Navigate from Programs tab –> Community/Social Support Programs –> LGBTQ for information on LGBTQ services and drop-in social groups (every Wednesday and Thursday evening). Under Resources tab is the Trans and Gender-Variant Resource Guide (online) and Trans Resource Guide 2016 (pdf, printable) which include medical resources in the region.

Associated Youth Services of Peel – A multi-service agency that includes Youth Beyond Barriers  program for LGBTQ teens aged 12-18 (1:1 counselling and group support).

Tangerine Walk-In Counselling – A free service for children and youth up to their 18th birthday, and their families who live in the Peel Region, providing  2-hr counselling session for a wide range of reasons.

Mental Health Services for Children and Youth (Centralized Intake) – This service provides access to a wide range of programs in the Peel community, free of charge, including counselling, up to age 25.

West Side’s LGBTQ Group – An inclusive social group that hosts and cross-posts events for the LGBTQ community in the West GTA: Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Etobicoke, Milton & Caledon. Coffee Socials are held monthly at Studio 89 (see their Events calendar).

 Halton Region:

Positive Space Network –  Provides support for LGBTQ youth and families.  Click on the “Youth” tab for information about LGBTQ drop-ins (in four Halton locations) and Trans/Gender-Diverse ConnecTions. ConnecTions is a program that is held on the first Wednesday of every month at the Oak Park Neighborhood Centre in Oakville. Children, youth (to age 24 yrs) and their parents/caregivers meet in 3 separate groups that run concurrently. See the Unicorn Club entry below for information about the children’s group.

The Unicorn Club – Program for LGBTQ and gender-diverse children up to age 13 is held every two weeks (Wednesday evening) at the Oak Park Neighborhood Centre in Oakville. Parents can attend the monthly ConnecTions meeting (see the Positive Space Network entry above) while their child attends the Unicorn Club.  Contact the Oak Park Neighborhood Centre for further information.

Meet-up for LGBTQ adults – Monthly meetings at the Oak Park Neighborhood Centre ages 17-30yrs. Contact the Centre for further information.


Transgender Clinic at SickKids Hospital – Medical care and support to transgender adolescents, from onset of puberty up to 18th birthday. (New ref’l for 17 yr old would not be accepted and patient would be advised to seek referral to Dr Joey Bonicacio, see below). Referrals can be done by a family doctor online ie. from their transgender clinic website. For further information call Cathy Maser at 416-813-7654 x 203569.

Dr Joey Bonifacio MD, Adolescent Medicine Specialist Dept of Pediatrics, St Michael’s Hospital, provides support and medical transitioning for transgender children, teens, and young adults to their 26th birthday. Referrals accepted from family doctors and nurse practitioners. Tel: 416-867-3655 (Pediatric Out-Patient Dept). Fax referrals to: 416-867-3736.

Church Wellesley Health Centre – provides medical care and counselling to LGBTQ individuals, including medical transition support for transgender individuals, t: 416-463-1500

Central Toronto Youth Services, “Pride and Prejudice – counselling and support groups for LGBTQ teens and young adults, and their parents and caregivers, located at Church and Wellesley; Transceptance is a parent drop-in support group that meets monthly

The 519 – supports the LGBTQ community with counselling and programs for youth to seniors, for newcomers, etc; located at 519 Church St (at Wellesley)

Sherbourne Health Centre – LGBTQ Health –  Meeting the physical, mental and emotional needs of LGBTQ people, and including primary care (doctor or nurse practitioner), wellness workshops, support groups, and trans health care. Accepts patients in the Sherbourne catchment area, not out-of-region.

Rainbow Health Ontario – province-wide program (through Sherbourne Health) that works to improve the health and well-being of LGBTQ people through education, research, and public policy advocacy. RHO has a database of resources and service providers, and provides training, guidelines and protocols to healthcare professionals about LGBTQ health including The Trans Primary Care Guide (hormone therapy, etc).

Supporting Our Youth (SOY) – a program (through Sherbourne Health) that supports the health and well-being of all queer and trans spectrum individuals who are 29 years old and younger, with groups, programs and events

Toronto District School Board Guidelines for the Accommodation of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students and Staff

The Dresscode Project – listing of hair salons that are LGBTQ-welcoming, safe, and non-judgmental

Senior Pride Network – a blog and a listing of resources, programs and events for age 50+

GetREAL  is a Canadian non-profit organization whose mission is to support LGBTQ+ youth and create allies in schools across Canada. LGBTQ university students offer inclusivity workshops to schools, camps, and businesses.


Online and Telephone Support

Gender Spectrum  – US-based site with information and forums for teens and parents

Transforming Love – Blog site supporting mothers of transgender children.

Bisexual  – Blog site providing information and answering questions, in order to better understand ones own sexuality or that of a loved one.

LGBT youthline (Ontario) – phone (toll-free), text, chat, email support for LGBT youth who have a question, concern, or just need to talk

Kids Help Phone (Canada) – 24/7 telephone counseling support; website includes an LGBT page with articles such as identifying as LGBTQ and coming out

Trans Lifeline (Canada) 877-330-6366 hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people.


Online Publications and Articles


Rainbow Health Ontario (Toronto) has Brochures and Booklets on topics of LGBT health, mental health, relationships, and parenting gender independent children, and in-depth “Fact Sheets”  eg. LGBTQ Mental Health  / LGBT Sexual Health  / Gender Independent Children

Rainbow Resource Centre (Winnipeg) has a number of brochures with titles including:  Coming Out  /  Gay  /  Lesbian  /  Bisexual  /  Trans  /  Homophobia  /  Ally  /  Two-Spirit People of the First Nations   /                A Question and Answer Guide to Dating Trans Folks

Trans Student Educational Resources (US) has a number of educational graphics incl “Why Support for Trans Youth Matters” (emotional health statistics),  the “Gender Unicorn”, and “Gender Grammar”.

BC Teachers Federation –  The Gender Spectrum Glossary – a page of terminology (eg FTM, MTF, gender fluid)

OHIP-Funded Sex Reassignment Surgery (top and bottom surgery)        (1) 2016 Guidelines Ministry of Health and Long Term Care                            (2) Gender Confirming Surgery  (3)  Transition-Related Surgery FAQ’s  (4) OHIP covered FTM criteria

FTM blog –  a resource page on many FTM topics by an Ontario surgeon who specializes in top surgery for trans individuals.

Getting trans-competent care: How to work with your nurse or doctor – booklet developed by Vancouver Coastal Health 2006

Healthy Relationships for Gay Men and Healthy Relationships for Lesbians (Vancouver)

Getting Bi in a Straight World – informative booklet (UK) for bisexual individuals

Guide for When Your Parent(s) Come Out as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and/or Queer  – 21 page article by COLAGE, a national US group supporting youth and parents with an LGBTQ parent


6 Ways to Support Your Non-Binary Child

When Your Child Comes Out: 6 Pieces of Advice From a Queer Teen

When Your Child Comes Out as Transgender : a Q+A  – by parent of 23yr old FTM

Is My Child Transgender

Why Some Parents Experience a Child’s Coming Out as a Loss

Transgender brains are more like their desired gender from an early age (Science Daily, May 2018)

How Science Is Helping Us Understand Gender – National Geographic




A Mother’s Promise: You Can Be Yourself – 5 minute film from NY Times about a gender non-conforming child

Lead With Love – 35 minute documentary that answers the question “What do I do if my child is gay?”, providing comfort and guidance for parents who have recently learned that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, or bisexual

Growing Up Trans – 1hr 34 min documentary PBS/Frontline (2015)

Gender Revolution – 1hr 35 min documentary by National Geographic (2017), available on iTunes, Netflix, and YouTube. The accompanying guidebook is: A Discussion Guide (questions and information)


There are many good videos prepared by LGBT individuals who tell their story or give guidance to their peers. These are a few examples.               Trans guy on process leading up to medical transition (Toronto) / Trans Guy Problems  /   To Parents Who May Have a Transgender Child  /   Transgender Q+A With My Dad (trans girl)  / Bi the Way We Exist  /     Coming Out To My Parents (as bisexual)




  • Library –  Mississauga Library System *  /  Halton Library  System *
  • PFLAG Mississauga will be soon be acquiring a dozen books for lending out at the monthly drop-in meetings (see Events page)
  • Glad Day Bookshop 499 Church St Toronto (SE corner of Church and Wellesley)
  • And of course, Chapters, Indigo, and Amazon, etc.


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Be Who You Are by Jennifer Carr (2010) *

Be Who You Are by Todd Parr (2016) * – “Picture book encouraging kids to be proud of what makes them unique, where they come from, and how they express themselves and see the world.”

I Am Jazz by Jessica Hethel *


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George by Gino, Alex (2015)  * – “When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever.”

Gracefully Grayson by Amy Polonsky (2014)  * – “Grayson, a transgender twelve-year-old, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world.”


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This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson *   – “…what it’s like to grow up as LGBT….frank, funny, fully inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know – from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more”

One in Every Crowd by Ivan Coyote *  – “Ivan’s eighth book is her first for LGBT youth, written for anyone who has ever felt different”

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin *

GLBTQ: the Survival Guide for gay, lesbian, bi, trans and questioning Teens by Kelly Huegal *

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews *  – first person account by transgender guy

It Gets Better: coming out, overcoming bullying, and creating a life worth living by Terry Miller *  – “… essays and expanded testimonials … While many of these teens can’t see a positive future for themselves, we can. We can show LGBT youth the kind of happiness, potential, and satisfaction their lives hold if they can just get through these early years”.


Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource For The Transgender Community (2014) –  Edited by psychiatrist Laura Erickson-Schroth, it covers health and wellness for transgender people.


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Always My Child: A parent’s guide to understanding of your gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning son or daughter by Kevin Jennings  *

At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick up the Pieces by Mary Collins and Donald Collins *

This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A question and answer guide to everyday life by Dannielle Owens -Reid

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals by Stephanie A. Brill and Rachel Pepper *  – “…for anyone with a child who is trans, might be trans, might be gender nonconforming…a culture-guide, a fear-allayer, a parent-empowerer, and an escort through the transgender”.

Coming Around: Parenting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Kids by Anne Dohrenwend *

When your child is being bullied: real solutions for parents, educators and other professionals by J.E. DiMarco * – specifically Chapter 7 – Lgbt (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender) Children As Targets

The Unfinished Dollhouse by Alfano, Michelle (2017)  * –  “No parent is prepared for the moment when her daughter comes out to her–not as a lesbian, but as a person whose physical gender is out-of-keeping with his emotional and psychological gender-identity… what pronouns to use, how to disclose the information to friends, family, school. How to deal with the reactions–some of them surprising in a good way, some of them disappointing.”