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David Kelley Services (DKS) Program is named after the late David Kelley, one of the founders of the Toronto Counselling Centre for Lesbians and Gays (TCCLG). The program was established in 1996 after TCCLG merged with Family Service Toronto.

We are committed to trauma-informed, anti-oppression practices to help empower LGBTQ+ individuals, couples and families, as well as people living with, affected by or concerned about HIV/AIDS, and to enhance participation in their communities and in the broader society.

For more information about DKS, contact Service Access Unit at t. 416-595-9618 | [email protected]

FST Pride 2024 Statement

This Pride month we come together to celebrate and recognize the collective joy, resilience, grief, and strength that exists every day in our 2SLGBTQ+ community. 

As anti-trans rhetoric continues to rise in Canada, it’s crucial that we focus our attention on transgender inclusion and recognize the challenges our transgender siblings face, particularly those belonging to the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) community who face disproportionate amounts of transphobia compounded by racism and the ongoing effects of colonization, amidst a backdrop of escalating hate, violence, and discriminatory legislation. 

We cannot ignore the profound impact this has had on the trans community, exacerbating feelings of fear, isolation, and vulnerability. Transgender individuals already face disproportionate rates of violence, discrimination, and lack of access to essential resources such as healthcare and safe housing. The perpetuation of harmful narratives only serves to further alienate and endanger their well-being.

We believe our governments play a pivotal role in creating an inclusive and just society.  We are encouraged by the steps that have been taken in the past to protect the rights of transgender individuals, such as anti-discrimination laws and policies.  However, we also believe that more can and should be done to eradicate transphobia and ensure the safety and dignity of all Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary, plus (2STNB+) members of our community. 

Family Service Toronto remains steadfast in our commitment to celebrating diversity, pursuing justice and practising inclusion. We are in solidarity with individuals and families from all areas of life and will continue to uplift the experiences of marginalized communities who call on us to challenge and dismantle all forms of oppression and discrimination.

Join us Wednesday, June 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. at 355 Church Street for our You’ve Got Pride Event – a collaborative postcard-making session and a queer watch party, celebrating our diverse identities and the resilience of the 2SLGBTQAI+ community.  Let’s come together as a community and as allies to honor our unique identities and collective strength. No registration required.

You’ve Got Pride event

Join us Wednesday, June 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. at 355 Church Street for our You’ve Got Pride Event – a collaborative postcard-making session and a queer watch party, celebrating our diverse identities and the resilience of the 2SLGBTQAI+ community.  Let’s come together as a community and as allies to honor our unique identities and collective strength. No registration required.

HIV/AIDS Community Counselling Program

The David Kelley HIV/AIDS Counselling Program provides professional counselling and support services to people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Our services include goal-focused short to medium-term professional counselling to individuals, couples and families on issues such as loss, relationships, self-esteem, planning for healthy living, changing health status, and self-care.

We offer support groups as needed; referrals to other support services (financial, housing, treatment information, home care, etc.); advocacy on behalf of our clients.

For appointments, please contact the Service Access Unit at: 416.595.9618; [email protected]

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer (LGBTQ+) Counselling Program

The David Kelley Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer (LGBTQ+) Counselling Program provides professional, short-term, individual, couple and family counselling to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or queer.

Our counselling helps people who are facing a broad range of issues such as coming out, sexual orientation and gender identity, isolation, discrimination, relationship issues, parenting, transitioning, self-esteem and violence. We recognize the diversity that exists within the community of people who identify as LGBTQ+. While everyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ experiences discrimination based on sexual orientation, many LGBTQ+ individuals face other forms of discrimination as well; sometimes from within the community itself. This is particular true for trans and two spirited people. Our programs/services reflect awareness that additional factors such as race, class, age and ability influence the way that individuals experience their sexual orientation and gender identity.

2STNB+ Connect Peer Support Group

David Kelley Services program offers 2STNB+ Connect – a virtual peer support group which welcomes youth (age 16-29) across the gender identity spectrum to meet and connect with others in their community, explore their identities, and create meaningful relationships. The group provides a friendly and non-judgemental space for 2STNB+ youth at all different stages on their gender journey to socialize and discuss a wide range of issues; from social and medical transition, to family, to school, as well as to share interests.

Groups are ongoing on a bi-weekly basis. For group information and registration go to Family Service Toronto Workshops, Groups and Events page.

Partner Assault Response (PAR) services for court

The David Kelley program also provides Partner Assault Response (PAR) services for court- and probation-mandated individuals charged with assault to a same-sex partner. This service has been adapted to address the specific needs of the LGBTQ+ communities. It is offered in collaboration with Family Service Toronto’s Next Steps / Partner Abuse Response Program. Service is arranged through referral to Service Access Unit by probation or by the courts through the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto.

Counselling for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

David Kelley offers counselling for male survivors of sexual abuse (age 16+) who seek support to deal with the impact of unwanted sexual experiences, whether recent or from years ago. 

Our current workshops and groups are available on Workshops, Groups and Events page, David Kelley Services section.

Crisis lines

  • Distress Centre Of Greater Toronto: it provides 24-hour telephone support, 365 days a year. Phone: 416 408-HELP (4357)
  • Gerstein Crisis Center: The crisis services include 24/7 telephone support, in-person mobile crisis team, community support referrals, substance use crisis management, follow-up, and access to short-term crisis beds. Phone: 419-929-5200
  • 211: A helpline that easily connects people to the social services, programs and community supports they need. Also, people can receive information about community and resources.
  • Trans Lifeline: a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Phone (877) 330-6366
  • The Assaulted Women’s Helpline: 416-863-0511 (GTA), 1-866-863-0511 (Toll Free), 1-866-863-7868 (Toll Free TTY), #7233 (#Safe)
  • Victim Services Toronto: It provides immediate, confidential support for any person who has experienced crime or sudden tragedy 24/7. Phone: 416 -808- 7066

HIV Legal Resources:



  • LGBT Youth Line: a toll-free Ontario-wide peer-support phone line for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, queer and questioning young people. Sunday to Friday 4 to 9:30 pm
    Phone: 416 962 2232, Toll Free: 1-888-687-9688 – Text: 647-694-4275
  • Central Youth Toronto Services (CYTS): it offers individual and group counselling for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning youth, community counseling age 12-17 and transitional age 16-24.
    Phone: 416-924-2100
  • Supporting Our Youth (SOY): a community development program designed to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgendered youth in Toronto. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email.
  • Friends of Ruby: a welcoming space for 2SLGBTQIA. Phone: 416-359-0237
  • Lumenous: reach out program is a creative, inclusive, and accessible program for 2SLGBTQ+ youth providing family and individual counselling in the Greater Toronto Area. Phone: 416-222-1153 
  • Tobby’s Place: Toby’s Place is a weekly drop-in program for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, folks questioning their gender and/or sexuality, and friends and allies, 20-years-old and under.
  • Black Queer Youth Collective
  • Woodgreen’s Youth Wellness Centre


  • The LGBTQ Parenting Network: it’s a program of Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto, supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer parenting through training, research, resource development and community organizing. Phone: 416-324-4100

LGBTQ Support

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HIV/AIDS & Sexual Health

HIV/AIDS Centres

    Programs and Services

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    Appointments and Frequently Asked Questions
    Campaign 2000
    Caring for Caregivers
    DKS LGBTQ+ Counselling HIV/AIDS
    Families in Transition
    Growing Up Healthy Downtown
    Healthy Families. Healthy Communities
    Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
    Options – Adults
    Options – Children
    Partner Assault Response
    Partner Contact
    Pat’s Place
    Person Directed Planning
    Seniors and Caregivers
    Seniors Community Connections
    Social Action
    Transitional and Housing Support
    Violence Against Women
    Single Session Walk-In Counselling