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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

Upcoming Workshops

Queer and Connected Workshops

Online educational workshop for LGBTQ2S+ -identified youth, ages 16 -29. Download flyer.

When: Every other Thursday, 4 – 6 p.m.
Dates: June 10 & 24, July 8 & 22, Aug 5 & 19, Sept 2, 16, 30, Oct 7 & 21, Nov 4 & 18, Dec 7 & 23, 2021
Location: virtually on Zoom (a link will be provided to all participants in advance of workshops)
Cost: Free

Queer and Connected Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual (LGB)*** Peer Support Group

Online peer-facilitated support group for LGB-identified youth, ages 16 – 29. Download flyer.

When: Every other Wednesday, 4 -6 p.m.
Dates: : June 2, 16 & 30, July 14 & 28, Aug 11 & 25, Sept 8 & 22, Oct 13 & 27, Nov 10 & 24, Dec 15 & 29, 2021
Location: virtually on Zoom (a link will be provided to all participants in advance of meetings)
Cost: Free

Queer and Connected Trans & Non-binary** Peer Support Group

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

When: Every other Wednesday, 7- 9 p.m.
Dates: June 9 & 23, July 7 & 21, Aug 4 & 18, Sept 1, 15 & 29, Oct 6 & 20, Nov 3 & 17, Dec 8 & 22, 2021
Location: virtually on Zoom (a link will be provided to all participants in advance of meetings)
Cost: Free

*LGB – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer-self-identified

* 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:
Call or email the Service Access Unit
416-595-9618
[email protected]

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