Resources for fYreflies

This list of resources is being continually updated. Currently, we suggest these resources for sexual and gender minority youth:

JUMP:

Edmonton Resources

Calgary Resources

Online Resources

 

Edmonton Area - General Resources

 

The Support Network

The Support Network offers help from crisis to wellness aid. They assist northern Alberta.

LOCATION:

The Support Network

400 - 10025 106 Street

Edmonton, AB T5J 1G4 Canada

PHONE:

(780) 482-0198

EMAIL:
main@cmha-edmonton.ab.ca

The Family Resilience Project - PFLAG Group
A monthly support group that is part of Edmonton PFLAG (Parents and Friend of Lesbians and Gays) and offered through at the University of Alberta.

LOCATION:

iSMSS office at the University of Alberta in 5-180 Education North Building

PHONE:

(780) 248-1971
 

EMAIL:

tamara.gartner@ualberta.ca

 

The Edmonton Pride Center

A local pride center for LGBTQ+ people to access social and support services

 

LOCATION:

10608 105 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 0L2

 

PHONE:

(780) 488-3234

 

 

Compass Center

A space that provides counselling and education services for sexual wellness

 

LOCATION:

#50, 9912-106 Street

Edmonton, Alberta

T5K 1C5

 

PHONE:

(780) 423-3737

 

EMAIL:

info@compasscentre.ca

 

 

fYrefly In Schools

Educational service provided by iSMSS that provides schools with LGBTQ+ education.

 

LOCATION: Room 5-180, Education North, University of Alberta

 

PHONE:

(780) 492-9908

 

EMAIL:

finsedmonton@ualberta.ca

 

 

Edmonton Police Services

Edmonton Police Services provides protective and preventative services to the city of Edmonton.

 

LOCATION:

Police Headquarters

9620 - 103A Avenue

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

T5H 0H7

AND various stations across Edmonton

 

PHONE:

Dial 9-1-1 for life threatening emergencies.  

Dial (780) 423-4567 for non-emergency calls.  

To contact headquarters call (780) 421-3333

 

 

Institute for Sexual Minorities Studies and Services (iSMSS)

Operated out of the University of Alberta, iSMSS has been an LGBTQ+ advocacy leader through research, policy making, and services such as Camp fYrefly and fYrefly in Schools

 

LOCATION:

4th Floor North Education Building, University of Alberta

 

PHONE:  

(780) 492-0772

 

EMAIL:

iSMSS@ualberta.ca

 

 

Camp fYrefly Edmonton

Camp fYrefly is Canada's only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning, and allied youth.

 

LOCATION:

Bennett Center, 9703 94 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 3W1

 

PHONE:

(780) 492-4909

 

EMAIL:

fyrefly@ualberta.ca

 

 

OUTreach

An LGBTQ+ social group located at the University of Alberta

 

LOCATION:

Students Union Building 0-68D, University of Alberta

 

EMAIL:

outreach@ualberta.ca

 

 

Comprehensive Health and Sexual Education (CHEW)

CHEW provides health and sexual education services for LGBTQ+ youth in Edmonton.  The goal is to provide support for mental, physical, and sexual health.

 

LOCATION:

5-186 Education North, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2G5

 

PHONE:

(780) 492-3740

 

EMAIL:

CHEWproject@ualberta.ca

 

 

Edmonton Pride

The Edmonton Pride Festival is organized by the Edmonton Pride Festival Society and works year round to organize a festival of celebration, activism, and entertainment.

 

EMAIL:

info@edmontonpride.ca

volunteers@edmontonpride.ca

communications@edmontonpride.ca

executivedirector@edmontonpride.ca

parade@edmontonpride.ca

chair@edmontonpride.ca

 

 

University of Alberta Pride Week

The UofA Pride Week is hosted once a year at the UofA campus to celebrate and advocate for LGBTQ+ people in and around the University of Alberta.

 

LOCATION:

University of Alberta Campus

 

AltView Foundation

AltView Foundation is a LGBTQ service and support non-profit organization that services the Strathcona County area.  They offer a variety of programs for youth and adults (including writing courses for queer writers).

 

LOCATION:

2016 Sherwood Dr, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 3X3

 

PHONE:

(780) 666-5482

 

 

The Landing

The Landing is a non-profit service at the University of Alberta that offers support for gender and sexual diversity. We strive to promote gender equity on a broad scale, and advocate for the safety and acceptance of individuals of all genders and sexualities in campus life.

 

LOCATION:

0-68A Lower Level

Students' Union Building

University of Alberta

8900 - 114 Street NW

Edmonton, AB

T6G 2J7

 

PHONE:

(780) 492-4949

 

EMAIL:

thelanding@su.ualberta.ca

 

 

iHuman

iHuman Youth Society is a non-profit organization that engages Edmonton’s traumatized youth who exhibit high-risk lifestyles – to foster positive personal development and social change.

 

LOCATION:

10124 96 Street, Edmonton, Alberta

 

PHONE:

(780) 421-8811

 

EMAIL:

info@ihuman.org

 

 

Edmonton Area - Trans Resources

 

Trans Equality Society of Alberta (TESA)

TESA's mission is to be a witness to and a voice for matters concerning trans* Albertans.

TESA was formed in the hopes that building a traditional non-profit advocacy group would open opportunities for formal engagement with authorities who otherwise overlook the unique needs of the larger trans* community.

TESA engages in advocacy and education in three primary areas: government, outreach, and community development.

 

LOCATION:

(Mail only) Trans Equality Society of Alberta

PO Box 2053 Edmonton Main

Edmonton  AB  T5J 2P4

 

EMAIL:

info@tesaonline.org

 

 

The Family Resilience Project - Trans and Gender Questioning Peer to Peer Group

A monthly trans and gender questioning social/support group that is peer-to-peer led.

 

LOCATION:

iSMSS office at the University of Alberta in 5-109 Education North Building

 

PHONE:

(780) 248-1971

 

EMAIL:  

tamara.gartner@ualberta.ca

 

 

Edmonton Trans Masculine Collective - SAFQEY

SAFQEY is a grassroots action group raising community awareness about the lack of specialized services for queer, non-binary, and trans youth.

 

EMAIL:

safqey.projectthey@gmail.com

 

 

Edmonton Area - Religious Resources

 

Christian Resources

 

LGBTQ+ Affirming United Churches in Alberta

The link provides information for all United Churches that are LGBTQ+ affirming in Alberta

 

 

Holy Spirit Lutheran Church

Lutheran church that is LGBTQ+ affirming in Edmonton.

 

LOCATION:

Holy Spirit Lutheran Church

11223 - 51 Ave NW

Edmonton, AB T6H 0L5

 

PHONE:

(780) 434-4012

 

EMAIL:

church@holyspiritlutheran.ca

Muslim Resources

Junaid Jahangir
Dr. Junaid Jahangir is a Lecturer in Economics at MacEwan University in Alberta and the Canada West Coordinator for Universalist Muslims. He is a staunch supporter of both Muslims for Progressive Values and the El Tawhid Juma Circle Unity mosques. Dr. Jahangir occasionally attends the Southminster-Steinhauer United Church, and is inspired by the elder Muslim mystics. He works with Alabama based Dr. Hussein Abdul Latif on developing a renewed perspective on Muslim same-sex unions.

Jewish Resources
None available, please look in the future for potential updates.

Other Resources
None available, please look in the future for potential updates.

Culture Resources

Quinn Wade

Two Spirit Elder contributing knowledge and support to the LGBTQ+ community.  Quinn was involved in Camp fYrefly Edmonton 2015.

 

EMAIL:  

retrostreetsax@gmail.com

 

 

James Makokies

James Makokies has recently started a Two Spirit group in Edmonton.

 

EMAIL:

james.makokis@gmail.com

 

 

Aboriginal Student Services University of Alberta

The Aboriginal Student Services Centre (ASSC) helps the University of Alberta provide an environment that encourages full access, participation and success for Aboriginal students.

 

LOCATION:

2-400 Students' Union Building (Edmonton North Campus)

8900 - 114 Street

University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2J7

 

Aboriginal Students Office (Augustana Campus)

University of Alberta, Augustana Campus

2-328, Faith and Life Centre

4901 - 46 Avenue

Camrose, AB T4V 2R3

 

PHONE:

(780) 492-5677 (Edmonton North Campus)  

(780) 679-1562 (Augustana Campus)

 

EMAIL:

assc.reception@ualberta.ca (Edmonton North Campus)

augaso@ualberta.ca (Augustana Campus)

 

 

Aboriginal Student Council

The Aboriginal Student Council (ASC) is a student group on campus that unites its members for fun, friendship and learning. The ASC Executive is elected annually to represent Indigenous students at the U of A and to ensure that the Indigenous student voice on campus is heard. ASC works closely with the ASSC and in partnership with other faculties and programs for events both on campus and in the community.

 

LOCATION:

220 North Power Plant

Edmonton, AB T6G 2E8

Canada

 

PHONE:

(780) 492-4847

 

EMAIL:

acouncil@ualberta.ca

 

 

Calgary Area - General Resources

 

Connecteen

A safe space where youth can get anonymous support online or through the phone.

 

PHONE:

403-264-8336 (call)

587-333-2724 (text)

 

 

Calgary Sexual Health Center

A space where people access comprehensive sexual health counselling, resources, and services.

 

LOCATION:

Suite 304, 301-14 Street NW

Calgary, Alberta T2N 2A1

 

PHONE: (403) 283-5580  

 

EMAIL: intake@calgarysexualhealth.ca

 

 

Calgary GSA Network

Provides information and resources to help student and teachers successfully create and run GSA’s. Includes a monthly newsletter and student meetings with workshops on a variety of related topics.

 

PHONE:

(403) 283-5580, ext. 333

 

EMAIL:

gsanetwork@calgarysexualhealth.ca

 

 

Distress Centre Calgary (DDC)

Distress Centre Calgary (DCC) ensures everyone has a place to turn to in a time of crisis by providing 24 hour crisis support, professional counselling and 211 referrals - all at no cost.

 

LOCATION:

Suite 300, 1010 - 8th Avenue SW

Calgary, AB T2P 1J2

 

PHONE:

24-Hour Crisis Line: (403) 266-HELP (4357)

Main Office: (403) 266-1601

Youth Program Office: (403) 264-8337

 

EMAIL:

info@distresscentre.com

 

 

Camp fYrefly Calgary

Camp fYrefly is Canada's only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning, and allied youth.

 

PHONE:

(780) 492-4909

 

EMAIL:

hmutch@calgarysexualhealth.ca.

 

 

Alex Youth Health Center

LGBTQ+ friendly youth health centre and drop-in centre providing various supports to vulnerable youth.

 

LOCATION:

1116 Centre St NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2R2

 

PHONE:

(403) 520-6270

 

 

Mosaic Youth Group

LGBTQ youth group for people aged 10-25 running out of the CommunityWise Resource Centre.

 

LOCATION:

101-233 12 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB

 

 

PFLAG Calgary

Support, education and resources for LGBTQ people, friends and allies. Calgary chapter meets the last Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm at the Wild Rose United Church.

 

LOCATION:

Wild Rose United Church: 1317 – 1 St NW, Calgary, AB

 

EMAIL:

calgaryab@pflagcanada.ca

 

 

Calgary Police Service (CPS)

Calgary Police Services provides protective and preventative services to the city of Calgary.

 

LOCATION:

Calgary Police Service

5111 47 St. N.E.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

T3J 3R2 (Mailing)

AND Various stations across Calgary

 

PHONE:

Dial 9-1-1 for life threatening emergencies.  

Dial (403) 266-1234 for non-emergency calls.

 

EMAIL:

cps@calgarypolice.ca

 

 

Aura Homes Host

Part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary’s Youth Housing and Shelter Services, Aura Homes Host provide safe housing for LGBTQ+ youth (14 - 24 years old) who need a place to sleep.

 

PHONE:

(403) 816-3190

 

EMAIL:

aura@bgcc.ab.ca

 

 

Queermunity

A service provided by The Alex that is a youth center.   They provide friendship, information, resources, community, and connection.

 

LOCATION:

1318 Centre Street NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 2R7

 

PHONE:

(403) 520-6270

 

EMAIL:

youthinfo@thealex.ca

 

 

LGBTQ2S Youth Group

Hosted every Wednesday from 11am-1pm, this youth (12 - 24 years old) group offers community, resources, and information.

 

LOCATION:

Wood’s Homes - Exit Outreach – 117-7 Ave. SW

 

 

Calgary Area — Trans Resources

 

Transformers

Peer support for trans guys, FTM’s, those questioning their gender, trans-masculine folks, and other interested people, allies and partners.

EMAIL:
transformerscalgary@gmail.com

 

Calgary Area — Religious Resources

LGBTQ+ Affirming Churches
Follow the link above to access a list of all LGBTQ+ affirming churches in Calgary.

LOCATION, PHONE, AND EMAIL:
Various, check their website for more details.
 

El-Tawhid Juma Circle: Calgary Alberta Unity Mosque
An LGTBQ affirming Juma Circle that meets on Fridays. El-Tawhid Juma Circle is a human positive mosque.

EMAIL:
calgaryjumacircle@gmail.com

Jewish Resources

None available, please look in the future for potential updates.

 

Cultural Resources

None available, please look in the future for potential updates.

 

Other Resources

None available, please look in the future for potential updates.

 

 

 

Online Resources – General

 

Alberta Education – Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Environments

A government website providing PDF's and online resources for making schools a safer space for all students.

 

Kids Help Phone

A free 24/7, totally confidential, help line for youth aged 20 and below.

 

PHONE:

1-800-668-6868

 

Space Spaces Initiative - University of Alberta Campuses Resource Listing

An online PDF with comprehensive resources for space spaces in and around the University of Alberta

 

 

GSA Student Alliances in Alberta Schools

A guide for teachers to support Gay Straight Alliances in Alberta schools.

 

 

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Recommended Fiction and Non-Fiction Resources for K-12 Schools

A recommendation guide for educational resources for K-12 schools

 

 

Questions & Answers - Sexual Orientation in Schools

A guide provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada that provides comprehensive sexual orientation education

 

 

Everyone is Gay

Everyone Is Gay works to improve the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning/Queer (LGBTQ) youth using a three-pronged approach: providing honest advice to these youth while keeping them laughing; talking to students across the country in an effort to create caring, compassionate school environments; and working with parents of LGBTQ kids to help foster an ongoing dialogue and deeper understanding

 

 

PFLAG Canada

PFLAG Canada supports, educates and provides resources to anyone with questions or concerns

 

PHONE:

1‑888‑530‑6777

 

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

GLSEN is a network dedicated to researching, creating resources, and making change through education

 

 

Pride Education Network (PEN)

The Pride Education Network of teachers, administrators, support staff, youth and parents strives to make the B.C. school system more welcoming and equitable for LGBTQ students and staff, and queer families.

 

 

Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is organized and will be operated for the promotion of the social welfare of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

 

 

Family Acceptance Project

The Family Acceptance Project is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities.

 

 

The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN)

AVEN hosts the world's largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. AVEN strives to create open, honest discussion about asexuality among sexual and asexual people alike.

 

 

The Trevor Support Center

The Trevor Support Center is a place where LGBTQ Youth and their allies can find answers to frequently asked questions. The site is neatly designed and easy to use.

 

 

What is Asexuality?

What is Asexuality? is a simple website that has educational information for people interested in expanding their knowledge on the sexual orientation called asexuality.

 

 

Online Resources – Trans Resources

 

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Policy Brochure

A guide outlining legal policies regarding sexual orientation and gender identity

 

 

Questions & Answers - Gender Identity in Schools

A guide provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada that provides comprehensive gender identity education

 

 

Alberta Trans*

An online PDF providing information various information from educational to medical resources for trans people in Alberta.

 

 

TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA)

TYFA empowers young people & their families through support, education, & outreach about gender identity & expression.

 

 

Intersex Society of North America (ISNA)

The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.

 

 

The C.H.E.W. Project - Trans Pages

A site for Trans* resources.  This resource is not complete amid the explosion of trans* resources and supports ever emerging in Canada. However, it is representative of the growth in resources and supports for trans*, gender nonconforming, and gender questioning children and youth across Canada.

 

 

Online Resources – Religious Resources

 

Christian Resources

 

Gay Christian Network

One of the biggest LGBTQ+ affirming christian ministries in Canada, the GCN is dedicated to building bridges and offering support to LGBTQ+ christian folks.

 

 

Gay Christian Network - Gay Christian Answers

A webvideo series discussing sexual orientation and the bible.

 

 

Soul Outing

A LGTBQ+ affirming Facebook group dedicated to spiritual seekers of any kind.

 

 

Muslim Resources

 

Salaam Canada

A support group for practicing and non-practicing queer Muslims and those who come from Muslim cultures. Salaam Canada is a network of Queer Muslim Communities across Canada.

 

 

My.Kali Online Magazine

My.Kali Online Magazine is an English/Arabic middle eastern magazine that tackles topics related to women’s rights, personal politics, sexuality, freedom of speech, media, and LGBTQ+ issues. The magazine also reflects many universal human desires and dreams that hold the key to making sense of a world where the only certainties now are change, revolution and love.

 

 

Muslims For Progressive Values

This website offers a wealth of LGBTQ+ muslim focused support resources.

 

 

Jewish Resources

 

How Can You Be Gay and Jewish?

A PDF Article by  Jay Michaelson tackling the reconciliation of the jewish faith and sexual orientation.

 

Keshet
Keshet is a Jewish LGBTQ+ service provider for Jewish queers.  They provide inclusion training, help in creating safer spaces, support families, and much more.  Under their resources tab on the website, they have extensive Jewish LGBTQ online educational resources.

 

 

Other Resources

None available, please look in the future for potential updates.

 

 

Cultural Resources

 

Suicide Prevention and Two-Spirit People

 

An online PDF providing information on suicide prevention and two-spirit people.

 

 

QPOC Media Wire

Queer Women of Color Media Wire (QWOC Media Wire) is a media publishing and advocacy organization that amplifies the voices of Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender women and gender non-conforming people of color, diaspora, and other racial and ethnic minorities around the world.

 

 

The Dari Project

A volunteer-led, grassroots organization that develops resources to increase awareness and acceptance in Korean American communities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people of Korean descent.

 

 

Native Youth Sexual Health Network

Native Youth Sexual Health Network provides specific sexual health information and resources to Native youth.

 

 

2 Spirits

2 Spirited People of the 1st Nations (2 Spirits) is a non profit social service organization whose membership consists of Aboriginal 2-Spirit(people that carried male and female spirits)gay, lesbian, intersexed,bisexual and trasngendered people in Toronto. Due to the AIDS epidemic, the organization was prompted to have health, counseling and advocacy expertise.

 

 

Brown Black and Fierce! (BBF)

A collective dedicated to centering the experiences and voices of Indigenous people and people of colour (IBPOC). BBF is inspired by all the talent and power of Indigenous and racialized artists who survive, thrive, heal, and CREATE things.

 

 

Safe and Caring Schools for Two Spirit Youth

An online PDF with information on how to make a school a more inclusive space for two spirit youth.

 
 

 


 

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