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Queer and Connected

About Queer and Connected

Queer and Connected is a unique health promotion program that aims to improve health outcomes and support resiliency of LGBTQI2S+ youth (age 16 to 29) from diverse backgrounds and communities. We aim to do this by combating social isolation experienced by LGBTQI2S+ youth and providing opportunities for youth to build healthy peer relationships in peer/mentor-led spaces.

We provide peer-led educational workshops and social groups where youth will discuss challenges related to being in the LGBTQI2S+community, learn strategies and skills, increase knowledge on health and preventative sexual practices, expand their awareness of resources and services in the city of Toronto and build healthy, supportive relationships with peers and mentors.

What the project offers

Queer and Connected offers free workshops, peer groups and facilitated social events. Topics discussed include:

  • Gender-based violence in LGBTQ2S+ communities
  • Healthy sex and safe sex practices
  • Open discussions on drug use in the LGBTQ2S+ community and strategies to help
  • Self-advocacy in navigating counselling and mental health services
  • Challenges and barriers related to being LGBTQ2S+ -identified youth
  • Learning to identify needs and boundaries
  • Developing supportive, nourishing relationships with self and others

Queer and Connected Workshops

Online educational workshop for 2SLGBTQ+ -identified youth, ages 16 -29

When: One Thursday a month, 6 – 8 pm
Dates: June 23, July 28, August 25, September 29, October 27, November 24, December 29 
Location: virtually on Zoom (a link will be provided to all participants in advance of workshops)
Cost: Free

Queer and Connected Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual (2SLGBQ)** Peer Support Group

Online peer-facilitated support group for 2SLGBQ-identified youth, ages 16 – 29..

When: Every other Wednesday, 6 – 8 p.m.
Dates: May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug 10, Aug 24, Sept 7, Sept 21, Oct 5, Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16, Nov 30, Dec 14, Dec 28
For registration connect with Navid at [email protected]
Location: virtually on Zoom (a link will be provided to all participants in advance of meetings)
Cost: Free
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Queer and Connected Two Spirit, Trans & Non-binary (2STNB)** Peer Support Group

Online peer-facilitated support group for Trans & non-binary-identified youth, ages 16 – 29

When: Every other Wednesday, 7 – 9 p.m.
Dates:  May 11, May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, July 20, Aug 3, Aug 17, Aug 31, Sept 14, Sept 28, Oct 12, Oct 26, Nov 9, Nov 23, Dec 7, Dec 21
Location: virtually on Zoom (a link will be provided to all participants in advance of meetings)
Cost: Free

**2SLGBTQ+ youth with multiple, intersecting identities will be able to self-select the group they want to participate in based on which group best fits their needs

For more information, contact:

Chantal P, Queer and Connected Project Coordinator
[email protected]

For program registration:

Email Chantal at [email protected] (conversation circles)
Keith at [email protected] (2STNB groups)              
2STNB  =  Two Spirit, Trans and Non-binary.
Navid at [email protected] (2SLGBQ groups)   
2SLGBQ  =  Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer-self-identified

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