Whether you have undergone top surgery or not, you deserve to live as your true self. But as a transgender youth in Ontario, that may be hard to do. Even though there is nothing wrong with you, society may not feel the same way. There are places you can go for support where you can meet like-minded people.
Here are 10 support groups for transgender youth in Ontario:
Rainbow Health Ontario: Rainbow Health aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Ontario’s LGBTQ community. They provide education, training, and advocate for public policy change. You can visit their site here.
PFLAG Ontario: PFLAG has worked tirelessly for years to help friends and family of the LGBTQ community accept their loved ones and show support. Here you’ll find a list of contacts for every region in Ontario.
Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood is more than a women’s health centre. PP offers support for trans youth and has an online chat if you’re not ready to speak with anyone in person. You can visit their Toronto site here and their Ottawa site here.
CTYS: Central Toronto Youth Services offers support and guidance for transgender youth. They also provide group and one-on-one counselling services. Check out their site here.
Gender Creative Kids: This Canadian organization is designed to help trans youth grades K-9 explore who they are in a safe space. View their site here.
CHEO: Ottawa’s CHEO is a place where children, youth, and their parents can get the resources they need to help them learn about gender identity. You can check out their site here.
The 519: This Toronto-based charity is striving to make a difference in the lives of the LGBTQ community by promoting inclusion, understanding, and respect. Please check out their site here.
Positive Space Network: PSN is an Oakville-based network that provides resources for the LGBTQ community and their families. By offering support, education, and awareness, PSN aims to give trans youth a safe space where they can be themselves. You can visit their site here.
Transgender Youth Clinic: The TYC is part of the Sick Kids network and offers medical care and support for trans adolescents. Staffed with doctors and nurse practitioners, TYC can help you understand the medical aspect of your transition. Their site can be found here.
Trans Lifeline: This telephone support group is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the transgender community in North America. Volunteers are available to provide support and respond to your needs, whether you are looking for information about top surgery or simply want to talk to someone who understands what you are going through. Please check out their site here.