Trans Social Resources For Youth

Looking for other trans people to hang out with? Many peer support groups put on social events or get-togethers, or you can email a note out on the trans listservs to see if anyone would like to go to an upcoming event.

Many trans-friendly social events are held in bars or pubs, which means youth under age 19 can't go. Additionally, some youth don't feel safe or comfortable socializing with people who are a lot older than them. The following resources are intended to be safe space specifically for youth.


To add or change a listing, email Trans Alliance Society
communications@transalliancesociety.org


Youth-specific Drop-ins
Trans-Specific

Trans Youth Drop-in

Three Bridges Community Health Centre, 1292 Hornby Street (Hornby & Drake), Vancouver
Tel: c/o Transgender Health Program, 604-734-1514
Email: transyouth_vancouver@yahoo.com

  • Drop-in for trans youth, friends, partners, family members, and anyone else who is under 23 and trans-positive. All genders welcome.
  • First Monday of the month (except stat holidays), 6:30-8:30 PM.
  • Bus tickets and child care subsidy are available upon request.

LGBTQ

The following resources are all LGBTQ -- welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and questioning youth.

Lower Mainland

Gab Youth

The LGTB Centre, 1170 Bute Street (Davie & Bute), Vancouver
Tel: 604-684-4901
Email: gabyouth@lgtbcentrevancouver.com

  • Drop-in for LGBTQ youth and their friends. All genders welcome.
  • Tuesdays: Age 19 and under, 3:30 - 6:00 PM
  • Thursdays: Age 25 and under, 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Youthquest!

c/o DSU, PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC, V3L 5B2
Tel: 1-866-NOT-ALONE
Email: info@youthquest.bc.ca
Web: http://www.youthquest.bc.ca/drop-ins.htm

Drop-ins for LGBTQ youth and their friends, up to age 21. All genders welcome.

  • New Westminster: Tuesdays, 5:30-8:00 PM, Purpose, 40 Begbie Street (at Columbia)
  • Port Moody: Mondays, 6:30-9:30 PM, The Alley Youth Centre, 2732 St. John's St. (at Moody St.)
  • Surrey: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Options Parenting/Pregnancy, 10256 154th St. (at 102A Ave.)
Fraser Valley

Youthquest!

c/o DSU, PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC, V3L 5B2
Tel: 1-866-NOT-ALONE
Email: info@youthquest.bc.ca
Web: http://www.youthquest.bc.ca/drop-ins.htm

Drop-ins for LGBTQ youth and their friends, up to age 21. All genders welcome.

  • Abbotsford: Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 PM, Youth Resource Centre, 33780 Laurel Street (at Montvue and South Fraser Way)
  • Chilliwack: Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 PM, Chilliwack Taoist Tai Chi Society, #25-8635 Young Road
  • Langley: September-June = Tuesdays, 6-9 PM; July-August = Tuesdays, 12:30-3:30 PM; Multi-purpose Room, Douglas Park Community School, 5409 206th Street
Interior

Outlet

c/o Safe Spaces
Tel: 1-800-421-2437 and ask for Shannon
Email: safespaces@ankors.bc.ca

  • For LGBTQ youth. All genders welcome.
  • Castlegar: Drop-in Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 PM, call 1-800-342-6205 and ask for Fin
  • Nelson: Drop-in Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM, call 1-800-421-2437 or 505-5506 and ask for Shannon
  • Trail: Drop-in Wednesdays, 5:00-7:00 PM, call 250-512-9001 and ask for Cindy

Youthquest!

c/o DSU, PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC, V3L 5B2
Tel: 1-866-NOT-ALONE
Email: info@youthquest.bc.ca
Web: http://www.youthquest.bc.ca/drop-ins.htm

Drop-ins for LGBTQ youth and their friends, up to age 21. All genders welcome.

  • Kelowna: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM, First United Church, 721 Bernard Street
North

Youthquest!

c/o DSU, PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC, V3L 5B2
Tel: 1-866-NOT-ALONE
Email: info@youthquest.bc.ca
Web: http://www.youthquest.bc.ca/drop-ins.htm

Drop-ins for LGBTQ youth and their friends, up to age 21. All genders welcome.

  • Prince George: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM, 1148 7th Avenue
Vancouver Island

SEXY

YM/YWCA, 880 Courtenay Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1C4
Tel: 250-386-7511 and ask for Kathryn Saunders
Email: sexy@youthoutreach.ca

  • Drop-in for LGBTQ youth. All genders welcome.
  • Meets once a week to socialize, go to community events, watch movies, or go to recreation centres.
  • Adult counselors are available as needed to provide support, help group obtain resources, and provide referrals.

Youthquest!

c/o DSU, PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC, V3L 5B2
Tel: 1-866-NOT-ALONE
Email: info@youthquest.bc.ca
Web: http://www.youthquest.bc.ca/drop-ins.htm

Drop-ins for LGBTQ youth and their friends, up to age 21. All genders welcome.

  • Nanaimo: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30-8:30 PM, Nanaimo Youth Services, 290 Bastion Street
  • Port Alberni: Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00 PM, Port Alberni Drug and Alcohol Services, 4770 Johnston Rd.

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*Other Great Resources*
Lower Mainland

The (LGTB) Centre

1170 Bute Street (Bute & Davie), Vancouver
Tel: 604-684-5307
Web: http://www.lgtbcentrevancouver.com

  • Community centre for LGBT people and allies. People are welcome to drop by to check out information, services, and resources, or just to hang out in a queer/trans-friendly space.
  • Out on the Shelves: one of the largest LGTB community libraries in Canada with almost 5,000 books, magazines, newspapers, videos and audiocassettes. All material is LGTB related. To borrow library items you need to become a member of the Centre membership, and sign a borrower’s contract; non-members are welcome to browse.
Vancouver Island

UVic Pride Coffee Nights

Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the Month , 7:30-9:30 PM
Serious Coffee at Yates and Broad, Victoria
Email: pride@uvss.uvic.ca
Web: www.uvss.uvic.ca/pride/events.html

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Resources for Support

Many trans people and loved ones seek support to deal with concerns relating to discrimination, or to make sense of emotional distress that can arise around gender issues.

Support options in BC include:

Peer support

TAS member groups in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, and Nelson offer individual and group peer support for trans people and loved ones. Many groups that provide individual support can offer it by phone and/or email if you live in a rural area or prefer the anonymity of the internet.

There are a number of BC-based listservs where you can get peer support.

The Transgender Health Program community counsellor provides peer support to trans people and loved ones in BC by phone/TTY, email, or in person. In the Lower Mainland, call 604-734-1514; in the rest of BC, call 1-866-999-1514 (toll-free).

The Prideline offers peer support on LGBT issues via a toll-free phone line accessible throughout BC. Operating 7 days per week from 7-10 PM, the Prideline is staffed by trained volunteers. In the Lower Mainland, call 604-684-6869; in the rest of BC, call 1-800-566-1170.

The TAS Peer Support Working Group is brainstorming ways to strengthen existing peer support resources (e.g., through training for group facilitators) and create a one-on-one peer support program. Members are contacting other peer support programs to see how they are structured and to explore the possibilities of partnership. To get involved, send an email to TAS Secretary.

Professional counselling

Professional mental health workers are available at no cost through community organizations and government-based mental health services, and for a fee in private practice. Peer support organizations may be able to recommend trans-positive counsellors.

If you are experiencing severe depression or anxiety, you may need to see a psychiatrist for medical assistance. Your GP can provide a referral. Peer support organizations or the Transgender Health Program may be able to recommend trans-positive psychiatrists.

Crisis intervention

If you are in crisis, you may not be able to wait for a monthly drop-in peer support meeting, or you (or the support group facilitator) may be concerned that peer support from lay counsellors is not sufficient. Additional resources include:

Crisis lines operate throughout the province via toll-free phone lines. Volunteers are trained to provide immediate support and crisis intervention, and to explore options for local crisis resources.

Professional mental health workers are available at no cost through community organizations and government-based mental health services, and for a fee in private practice. If you're unsure where to go for help, a crisis line in your region can give you information about local counselling resources, or your family doctor may be able to help.

If you are in need of emergency assistance, you can go to the Emergency room of your local hospital. Some Emergency rooms are more sensitive than others to people in crisis in general, and specifically to trans people. You may find it helpful to bring a friend, family member, or advocate who can help ensure you are treated respectfully.


TAS on Facebook

We have recently started a group on Facebook and it our hope that you will join our group.

WARNING: If you are afraid of exposing yourself to the world please feel free to use an anonymous name to register on Facebook.

Visit Other Trans Members on Facebook

Other Trans Social Resources
On Our Website

If you're not looking for a trans-specific environment but rather for a trans-friendly place to hang out, the following listings are for ongoing drop-ins, drag shows, youth oriented and BDSM/Fetish.

These different places explicitly welcome trans people and have been recommended by trans community members.


*Distress Line Numbers*
-Prideline-
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
604 684-6869

Throughout British Columbia
1-800-566-1170 (Toll Free)
-BC Crisis Line-

Greater Vancouver
604-872-3311

BC-Wide
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)