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Below is a list of services and support groups offered on-campus and in the London community that you may find helpful.
- Human Rights Office: the Human Rights Office provides information on the University’s discrimination and harassment policies, employment equity and diversity and other human rights-related issues. We are here to help you, whether you are a student, staff or a faculty member. We are dedicated to making Western an equitable, safe and supportive environment for all members of the University community. Our service is confidential except in specific circumstances. Learn more at www.uwo.ca/equity
- Pride Library: The Mandate of the Pride Library is to acquire, preserve, organize, and give the public access to information and materials by and about lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans and queer communities (LGBTQ). Pride Library is located in the D.B. Weldon Library. Learn more at www.uwo.ca/pridelib/
- Sexuality and Gender Research Group: The Sexuality and Gender Research Group brings together researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities with scholars in other disciplines from around the University to discuss questions of sexuality and gender from a variety of disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and cross-disciplinary perspectives. Every year, the Sexuality and Gender Research Group, in conjunction with the Western Queer Caucus, hosts a number of academic talks and organizes Queer Research Day, a full-day event involving both papers and poster and presentations. Queer Research Day is normally held on the third Wednesday in April. Membership in the Sexuality and Gender Research Group is open to faculty and graduate students. However, all of our events are free and open to all members of the Western community. Learn more at www.uwo.ca/womens/research/research_group.html
- Trans Care Team: Recognizing the unique needs of gender-diverse students, the Trans Care Team comprises a group of clinicians from Student Health Services and Psychological Services who work together to provide specialized psychological counselling and medical care to students in an LGBTQIA2S+ affirmative environment. Physicians at Student Health Services have received training from Rainbow Health Ontario in the realm of counselling, hormone prescribing/maintenance, injections, surgical referrals, and post-operative care. We are able to refer to endocrine specialists and/or psychiatrists if there are complex needs beyond the scope of our primary care providers. Clinicians at Psychological services offer both individual counselling as well as the UniQ Support group that runs each semester.
- Western Queer Caucus: The Queer Caucus was founded in 2007 as a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, questioning, and queer faculty and graduate students and their allies, as well as for people engaged in various forms of queer academic work. The caucus links people across faculties, schools, and departments and is intended to help forge community, facilitate academic alliances, promote scholarship, provide a venue for activism, and encourage discussions and practices of diverse forms of queer pedagogy. For more information or to join the mailing list, please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies (GSWS): An academic department located in both the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences, GSWS offers courses on gender and sexuality and administers the intrafaculty Sexuality Studies major. Through GSWS, you can major in Women’s Studies and/or in Sexuality Studies or you can take a minor in either Women’s Studies or Gender, Sexuality, Culture. Current Course offerings include courses like “Contemporary Queer Topics,” “Sexual Subjects,” “Beyond the Binary: Homosexualities/Transsexualities,” “Intersections: Race, Class and Sexuality” and “Desiring Women.” WSFR is committed to providing a learning environment that celebrates diversity. Learn more at www.uwo.ca/womens
- TRANSCENDING: a 10-week skills-based therapy group for trans and gender diverse individuals who have or are currently struggling with aspects of their gender identity. Group members will learn to identify and cope with the increased stress often felt by gender diverse folks, including its impact on the way we think about and act within our world. The group will be facilitated by a non-binary individual and a cis-masculine ally.
Call Health and Wellness Services at 519 661-3030 to register.
There are limited spaces in this program, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible.
Once signed-up, a group facilitator will contact you to do an individual intake.
This group runs Thursdays beginning in January 2022, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
- AllyWestern is a USC Program that works to create a more inclusive university campus, with a focus on understanding and celebrating campus diversity. As an outreach service, AllyWestern organizes free educational workshops which promote the following objectives: creating a safe space, accepting, and inclusive environment, where diversity is understood and embraced; reducing fear of discrimination or harassment; educating participants about challenging issues, and creating a visible support network for the entire Western community. Learn more on our website and like our Facebook page.
- Pride Western The Pride Western network aims to provide a resource and support system for students with questions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, 2-Spirited, and Asexual (LGBTTQ2A) issues. The organization promotes awareness and advocacy on LGBTTQ2A issues brought about through a variety of programs, including the annual Pride Week, movie nights, socials, and coffee houses. Learn more at www.westernusc.ca/peersupport, like our Facebook page or contact us via e-mail at email@example.com
- Alphabet Community Centre: Facilitates weekly support groups for trans and questioning youth (ages 12-20), medical/legal accompaniments, social service referrals, employment programs. Call or text at (519) 765-5000.
- Coming Out Over Coffee: Support meeting every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m. at Family Service Thames Valley. Learn more at www.familyservicethamesvalley.com/
- Spot of Delight: A source for gender identity products and inclusive sexual health workshops. Located at 426 Richmond Street in downtown London. For more information, visit our website at www.spotofdelight.com
- Health Resources
- London Middlesex Health Unit: Sexual health services and education, with referrals to LGBT2Q+ Network, approved social service providers. Learn more at www.healthunit.com/lgbtq-resources
- London InterCommunity Health Centre: Provides health and social services in a welcoming setting to those who experience barriers to care. Learn more at www.lihc.on.ca
- Canadian Mental Health Association: A source for mental health services, education, and support. Learn more at www.ontario.cmha.ca/documents/lesbian-gay-bisexual-trans-queer-identified-people-and-mental-health/
- LGBT Youth Line: Confidential, non-judgemental & informed peer support from Sunday to Friday between 4:30 p.m.-9:30p.m. Contact us toll-free at 1(800) 268-9688 or chat online at www.youthline.ca
- Phone Lines (24/7)
- Alphabet community Centre (for trans/questioning): Call or text us at (519) 765-5000.
- PFLAG: PFLAG Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their non- heterosexual children. The "coming-out" process can be a critical time for families. When the adjustment period is particularly long or painful, relationships can become permanently damaged, resulting in a lifetime of emotional scars. People cannot always rise above the challenge of accepting themselves or their family member, and the results can be devastating, even fatal. We support these families through today, and give them hope for a better tomorrow. Contact us at 1 (888) 530-6777 ext. 224 or visit our website at www.pflagcanada.ca
- Opening the Circle
- A resource page for Group and Peer Supports for individuals in the London area:
- Rainbow Health
- A resource page that offers information for both service users and providers and maintains a current service provider directory, a resource library and a trans health knowledge base:
- 2Spirited People of the First Nations
- Resources, reports and information on people who identify as Indigenous and LGBTTIQQ2SA+:
- Ontario Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (ORAD)
- Serves LGBTTIQQ2SA+ deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people.
- Trans Pulse
- Videos, presentations, resources, and research about trans health issues in Canada.
- Project IMPACT (Improving Affirming Care for Trans* Students) is a new initiative being undertaken by Health and Wellness to improve gender affirming care for trans and gender diverse members of the student body. The aim of Project IMPACT* is to identify and address systemic barriers to accessible and inclusive mental and physical healthcare across student health services.
- Phase 1 of Project IMPACT* will include the facilitation of several focus groups with trans and gender diverse students interested in sharing their experience and expertise to help inform future phases of the initiative. Focus groups will provide a platform to discuss barriers to care, gaps in service, feedback on ongoing trans*care initiatives, and actionable changes. Focus groups will take place throughout January 2022. If you are interested in participating in a focus group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org