This resource guide has been developed with the help of agencies who serve the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in the Grande Prairie region and is intended to be a guide to some of the supports available in Grande Prairie, the Peace Country, and abroad when appropriate. The goal is to be a resource that serves, affirms, and supports the wellbeing of 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in our community through resources, connection, and meaningful collaboration. We would like to thank the participating organizations for supporting this guide’s development and ongoing services in our community.

Grande Prairie Pride Society

Gay and Lesbian Association of the Peace

Northreach Society

Odyssey House

Grande Prairie Family Education Society

Sunrise House

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie & Area

Grande Prairie Friendship Centre

These resources are intended to meet the needs of a broad audience. To add your organization or update your organization’s listing please contact: grandeprairiepridesociety@gmail.com

LOCAL SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

 Addiction and Mental Health – Adult and Youth

2SLGBTQIA+ COUNSELLING

ONLINE RESOURCES

Alberta Health Services

AHS strives to create an environment that highly values diversity and welcomes and respects people’s contributions. An environment where everyone, including patients, families, healthcare providers, physicians and volunteers feel safe, healthy and valued.

Affirming and Inclusive Language

To improve the lives of 2SLGBTQI people in Canada and to enhance the global response to 2SLGBTQI issues. Egale will achieve this by informing public policy, inspiring cultural change, and promoting human rights and inclusion through research, education, awareness and legal advocacy.

Toolkit for Safe and Caring Discussions About Sexual & Gender Minorities

The PRISM toolkit was created to help teachers promote safe and supportive classroom discussions about sexual minorities and gender variance. PRISM is an acronym for “Professionals Respecting and supporting Individual Sexual Minorities.”

2 Spirits In Motion Society

2 Spirits In Motion will create, maintain and strengthen a safe and supportive social environment for Two Spirit peoples to feel and be loved, to succeed, to become empowered to make their own decisions and to find and express their purpose in life.

Canadian Aids Society

The Canadian AIDS Society is a national coalition of community-based AIDS service organizations across Canada. Registered as a charity since 1988, CAS has a mandate to improve the response to HIV/AIDS in Canada across all sectors of society, and to support people and communities living with HIV/AIDS.

Find an Affirming Church

Ministering to LGBTQ+ Christians and our allies around the globe. We feature the largest welcoming and affirming church directory in the world.

The Coalition of LGBT+ Families

The LGBT+ Family Coalition is a community rights organization that aims for the social and legal recognition of families from sexual diversity and gender plurality.

Creating Safe and Inclusive Environments in Canadian Schools for All Students.

This research aims to highlight the current state of schools in Canada, the challenges faced by schools in providing safe and inclusive environments, effective strategies, benefits, criticisms and challenges, and recommendations for future action.

A Grassroots Network of Indigenous Youth & Intergenerational Relatives

We are youth lead, but value the support of our inter-generation circles of relatives to do our work. Some of our areas of work include HIV/AIDS awareness, culturally safe sex education, #landback advocacy, Midwifery and Birth Justice, as well as Two-Spirit/Gender and Sexuality Education. Our network spans Turtle Island, creating space to engage with everything and anything that we know affects our bodies, minds and spirits.

Advocates For Intersex Youth

interACT uses innovative legal and other strategies, to advocate for the human rights of children born with intersex traits.

Helping to Build a Strong, Inclusive, Diverse Alberta Economy

To grow a diverse alliance of SOGIE and allied businesses and professionals to promote economic growth and prosperity in Alberta

We support families through today & give hope for a better tomorrow.

Pflag Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their LGBTQ2S children.

Confidential, Non-Judgemental & Informed LBTTQQ2SI Peer Support

Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through our telephone, text and chat services. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM.

SUPPORT GROUPS/EVENTS & PROGRAMS

LGBTQ Youth Group Grande Prairie

A place for 2SLGBTQ youth, their friends and family in the Grande Prairie area to connect.

Caregiver Support

Every Thursday Nordic Court.

Contact Nicole to RSVP

(780) 512-1122

nicole.marshall@ahs.ca

Join Upcoming Local Events

At GALAP, we believe socializing, events and information are a huge part of our lives.  Annual events, game nights, coffee nights, fundraisers and more. Come join us.

A different kind of lawyer.

Founded by husband-and-wife Nathan and Leah, Hayes Fry Law is a powerhouse firm serving clients in Grande Prairie and the Peace Region. Young and driven, Leah and Nathan have built a home and a thriving law practice with the goal of creating a business steeped in compassion, kindness, and integrity.

Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Trans, Queers

Are you being discriminated against because of your sexual orientation? Are you wondering about your rights as part of a same-sex couple, or as a parent?

Gathered on this page are resources that were developed with you in mind. But there may be general resources that are also appropriate.

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MEDICAL RESOURCES

EMPOWER.SUPPORT.LOVE.

Our mission is to connect trans and gender-diverse youth, adults, and families with comprehensive and low-barrier access to the support they need and deserve.

A Resource for Trans & Gender Diverse Communities

The Centre aims to provide quality and timely care to transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse persons in northern Alberta. 

Addiction and Mental Health - Adult & Youth

Services are available for children, youth, adults and older adults with addiction and/or mental health concerns. Clinicians work with individuals and families to identify goals of treatment as they relate to their moderate to severe addiction and/or mental health concerns.

Pediatric Gender Services Clinic

This service offers assessment, support and treatment for children, youth and families who are experiencing challenges related to gender identity.

The Gender Program

The Gender Program helps persons across the age spectrum who feel that their assigned sex at birth is misaligned with their lived gender.

COMING OUT RESOURCES

The Coming Out Handbook

Coming out isn’t always easy. It’s when a person decides to reveal an important part of their identity to someone in their life. For many LGBTQ people, this involves sharing their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

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What To Do When Your Child Comes Out To You

Coming out is often a task that requires an immense amount of bravery, vulnerability, and honesty. While it can come as a shock and can be disorienting, it is also an act of trust and an invitation to get to know your child’s authentic self. Here are some suggestions on how to react in a way that will support your child.

TERMINOLOGY

LGBTQ – Acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and queer, questioning.

MTF – A person assigned the male sex at birth but identifies as female. Also, trans woman or transwoman. MTF is the acronym for Male-to-Female.

Pansexual – When a person is sexually, romantically, and emotionally attracted to people of all gender identities and sexes.

Queer – An umbrella term for LGBTQ. Also a term of self-identification for people who do not identify with binary terms that describe sexual and gender identities.

Sexual Identity – How a person identifies whom they are sexually and romantically attracted to (e.g. lesbian, gay, bisexual, heterosexual, etc.)

Transgender – An umbrella term used to describe people whose gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth. This term can encompass those who identify as transsexual, genderqueer, cross-dresser, and whose gender identities challenge gender norms. Transphobia – Feelings of rage, hate, and disapproval towards transgender people or gender-nonconforming people. Transphobia can be manifested in numerous ways, such as verbally, emotionally, and through physical attacks.

Two-Spirit – This term is culturally specific to the North American Aboriginal community and refers to queer Aboriginal people who identify as both a male and female spirit. This term is not exclusive to gender identity and can also refer to sexual orientation.