Alberta GSA is the Alberta chapter of the GSA network of student-run groups that provides a safe place for any and all students to meet and learn about all different orientations, to support each other while working together to end homophobia, and to raise awareness and promote equality for all human beings.
If you’re a victim of bullying or abuse, call trained staff at any time of day, or chat online from noon to 8pm. Online chats and calls to the helpline are anonymous.
Phone: 1-888-456-2323 (Toll Free)
BELOW THE BELT MEN'S PROJECT
Below The Belt is part of the CHEW Project. It offers support and resources for male identified individuals engaging in survival sex or sex work.
Address: #103, 11745 Jasper Ave
COMPASS CENTRE FOR SEXUAL WELLNESS
Counselling, sexual health education, and referral based service open to youth who have questions about their sexuality and/or sexual health.
Address: #703, 10050 112 St
DROP-IN SINGLE SESSION COUNSELLING
FREE professional, private and confidential counselling to individuals, partners and families. Our single session model takes about one hour and our qualified team can assist with a wide range of issues, such as:
Stress, anxiety and depression
Grief and loss
LGBTQ (including transgender specific)
Addiction and mental health
Refugee and newcomer issues
Visit our website or call for locations, times, and dates:
EDMONTON 2 SPIRIT SOCIETY (E2S)
We are a society dedicated to the acknowledgment and support of LGBTQIA+ Indigenous people. Our organization offers:
EPSB is proud of its work to support our sexual and gender minority students, staff, and community members through our policies, regulations, and ongoing opportunities for meaningful engagement. This support includes: guidance in supporting Gay/Queer-Straight Alliances, initiation of a Safe Contact program; presentations to staff and parent councils; participation in events such as Pink Shirt Day, Edmonton Pride Festival, and the Provincial GSA Conference; connections to complementary agencies; referrals to outside networks; one-on-one consultations for emergent situations; and more. Students can access EPSB’s resources by contacting Kerry Maguire, Amanda Barrett, your school’s Safe Contact, GSA/QSA Advisors, or your guidance counsellors.
An educational initiative developed to help reduce discrimination against sexual and gender minority youth, increase awareness of the impacts of homo/bi/transphobia, and equip students with the tools they need to become effective allies for diversity, equity, and human rights within their schools and communities. Sessions are free and we are always recruiting new youth volunteers.
INCLUSIVE COUNSELLING & CONSULTING PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES INC. (ICC PSYCH)
ICC Psych provides individual therapy (for children, youth, adults, and seniors), couples therapy, and family therapy. We specialize in supporting sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ) children, youth and families. Our fees reflect the outlined fee scheduled produced by the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (www.psychologistsassocation.ab.ca). Please contact us directly to inquire about our fees.
Address: #204, 10339 124 St
INSIGHT PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
Insight Psychological’s mission is to help people enhance psychological wellness and optimize life through the provision of effective, high quality psychological services. It is also to advance mental health by furthering public awareness, understanding, and actions to address mental health needs across communities. We offer counselling for individuals, couples, groups and families. Modern sex therapy and gender identity, and LGBTQ+ support is our primary area of expertise, provided by qualified psychologists and certified AASECT therapists. Transformations, Insight’s Gender Transition Program, offers initial assessment and consultation, medical referrals, and ongoing support to individuals who may be experiencing gender identity issues - including any degree of transgender expression, and/or considering SRS (sex reassignment surgery). The program also includes counselling and therapy.
Address: Edmonton south (2532 Ellwood Drive SW), Edmonton North (15379 Castledowns Road). We also have offices in Spruce Grove, Red Deer and Alberta.
The Old Strathcona Youth Society is a street level, non-profit agency dedicated to providing flexible resources and creating a supportive environment to foster youth empowerment and development. We work with all youth aged 14 – 24.
OUTLOUD FOUNDATION FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND SERVICES
A community group for LGBTQ or questioning youth aged 13 - 24 inSt. Albert and area that meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month. We look to support our youth and connect them to each other and to those who support them in and around this community. Our group meetings are 2 hours long, with interactive games, activities, and team building skills to promote relationships and build self-esteem.No cost to the youth.
Address: #100, 43 St. Thomas St
PRIDE CENTRE OF EDMONTON
The Pride Centre offers a drop-in centre, information/resources, programming, an LGBTQ library, free counselling, internet access, outreach programs, and youth programs.
Provides free and confidential testing and treatment for STIs, HIV,and blood borne pathogens. Available to all ages 14 years and over. Alberta Health Care Insurance is not required. For testing, this service operates on a walk-in basis ONLY. Appointments are NOTbooked for routine testing.
Address: Room 3B20, 11111 Jasper Ave
24 Hour STI/HIV Information Line: 1-800-772-2437 (Toll Free)
SPRUCE GROVE GSA
The Spruce Grove GSA is a Community GSA that is committed to ensuring youth have a safe(r) and inclusive environment where LGBTQ2S folk and Allies feel included, protected, and respected. Our purpose is to bring together youth of various ages, gender, religion, ethnicity, schools, and towns, to enrich our growth in society. As well as to bring together awareness within our community of LGBTQ2S minorities. We provide anonymous support, referrals and resources so youth can make informed decisions.
Youthspace.ca is an online support network for youth (up to 30 years old). They offer emotional support and crisis intervention via Chat, Text, Email Counselling, and a Forum. The site is a non-judgmental space where you can voice your thoughts and get free, confidential support from a compassionate volunteer.
ALBERTA SEX POSITIVE EDUCATION COMMUNITY CENTRE
ASPECC is a nonprofit organization based in Edmonton that strives to promote healthy views of sex, gender, sexuality and sexual diversity with a strong focus on empowerment and consent. Sundays at ASPECC are dedicated to LGBTQIA2S+ youth, with Art Club on the 1st and 3rd Sunday (2-6pm) as well as movie nights, Karaoke, Dungeons and Dragons and more! If you are interested in the youth events, please email us for more information, or drop in on Sunday, between 2 and 9 pm! **Please be advised that some content may be intended for mature youth.**
Address: 12031 76 St NW
CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION (CMHA) - EDMONTON REGION
One-on-one phone support is available 24 hours a day to discuss any crisis issues or concerns.
The Cellar is an all-inclusive community youth centre that is open to
youth ranging from grade six to grade 12, every Tuesday from 3-6pm and every Friday from 3-7pm. Every Friday we also provide a nutritious meal at 5pm.
We’re all about community at The Cellar, so we’ll likely invite you in the kitchen to lend a hand or learn a few things! The Cellar offers a variety of free programming such as field trips to various hot-spots around Alberta (and occasionally BC), free mentoring, art projects, games and entertainment of all sorts, and so much more. The Cellar is considered a “Safe Space” and all youth are welcome, regardless of beliefs or backgrounds. We’re here to offer holistic care for your ever-changing lives and circumstances.
Address: 13407 97 St
THE CHEW PROJECT
The CHEW in CHEW Project stands for Community Health Empowerment & Wellness. Our mission is to support LGBTQ2S+ youth facing barriers to survive, heal, and find hope. We offer inclusive and confidential STI testing, counselling and crisis intervention, Indigenous peer support, a safe place where youth can access harm reduction and basic needs supplies, and so much more! Come check us out at our downtown office, the OUTpost, or on campus at the University of Alberta.
EDMONTON MEN'S HEALTH COLLECTIVE (EMHC)
The Edmonton Men’s Health Collective is a local, grassroots health organization run for and by gay, bisexual, trans and queer (GBTQ) men.
Address: 9213 99 St NW Edmonton
EDMONTON POLICE SERVICE SEXUAL MINORITIES LIAISON COMMITTEE
The Edmonton Police Service Sexual Minorities Liaison Committee can support you while you report a crime and help you receive professional and non-judgmental police service and support. They also advocate for the inclusion of the sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ) community in all aspects of the Edmonton Police Service. All inquiries are completely confidential and your information will not be shared with the police service without your explicit permission.
THE FAMILY CENTRE
The Family Centre supports families and individuals of all ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, and cultures. Our services include workshops, therapeutic groups, and counselling. Counselling services can help those struggling with anxiety, trauma and change, sexual orientation and gender identity, personal growth, relationship challenges, and much more. No matter what you are going through, help is available.
Myth...You can get HIV by kissing. Busted!! Contact through kissing is not a risk of transmission of HIV. If you have other questions or concerns about HIV or how HIV is transmitted, please contact us. We offer one on one services, referrals to medical support, needle exchange, education, and treatment information. Practice safer sex, condomize, educate yourself and challenge stigma and discrimination! We can go to Zero. Zero new HIV infections, zero stigma and discrimination, and zero AIDS related deaths.
Address: 9702 111 Ave
Toll Free: 1-877-388-5742
ISMSS (INSTITUTE FOR SEXUAL MINORITY STUDIES AND SERVICES)
Provincial GSA Conference
An educational conference for students and teachers in Alberta who have a GSA/QSA or are interested in starting one in their school. The conference aims to connect, educate, and inspire students and educators to contribute to inclusive, respectful, and safer environments within K-12 schools. The conference alternates each year between Edmonton and Calgary, and is normally held in the third week of November as part of the Province’s Bullying Prevention Awareness Week.
Edmonton GSA Roundtable
A monthly meeting hosted by iSMSS for students and teachers (K-12) who have a GSA/QSA or who are interested in starting one. The meetings involve various arts-based activities, tips for sustaining GSA’s, presentations from community groups, resource-sharing, and group discussions regarding how to plan events and run meetings. Free pizza and snacks included!
Date: 3rd Wednesday of every month of the school year (Sep-June)
Location: Pride Centre of Edmonton
Phone: 780-492-0766 (Provincial GSA Coordinator)
KIDS HELP PHONE
Anonymous, confidential and on-judgmental phone/web counselling available 24/7. For ages 20 and under. They also have a free smart phone app called “Always There.”
Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (Toll Free)
THE LANDING SOCIETY FOR GENDER AND SEXUAL DIVERSITY
A service at the University of Alberta offering support for gender and sexual diversity, striving to promote gender equity on a broad scale,
and advocating for the safety and acceptance of individuals of all
genders and sexualities in campus life.
Services include weekly drop-in hours open from September through April (Mondays to Thursdays, 10 am to 4 pm), a resource/referral library and a variety of scheduled peer support programs. All services are free of charge and open to the public unless otherwise specified.
Address: 0-68A Lower Level, Students’ Union Building, University of Alberta
Our PFLAG meetings offer peer-to-peer support for all people in the LGBTQ2s+ community. We support, educate and provide resources to anyone with questions or concerns about their gender identity or sexual orientation. We also provide resources and support for allies, families and loved ones.
Pflag Edmonton Chapter
Last Wednesday of every month at
7003 199 St NW, Edmonton
16 years of age and up
Pflag Edmonton Chapter
2nd Saturday of every month at
The Pride Centre of Edmonton
16 years of age and up
Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Bellerose School.
Address: #100, 43 St. Thomas St
SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTRE OF EDMONTON
Provides no fee counselling and supports individuals of all ages and genders who have been impacted by sexual violence. The SexualAssault Centre also has a 24hr crisis line for people who have been impacted by sexual violence.
24 Hour Crisis Line: 780-423-4121
SHADES OF COLOUR
Shades of Colour Community is an initiative that exists to create a safe space for Queer and Trans People of Colour in Edmonton. This space is run and facilitated by Rohan and Luce for QTIBPOCs (queer and trans, Indigenous, black, and people of color) and we ask that they stay prioritized. We are qtibpocs making spaces for other qtibpocs to belong and welcome folks who need this safe space to join us. We hope that this can address how folks can feel like a stranger to both spaces, so we’re carving out a new, intersectional space.
We strive to provide ongoing support for individuals who are struggling with their identities, and facilitate open and honest discussions. Through arts, writing, music and story sharing, and interactive workshops, we hope to deconstruct these boundaries, and hold space for each other as we heal, grow and learn.
We host meet-ups every two weeks at various locations and cafes around the city. We post our events on Facebook or Instagram.
YESS provides residential services along with supports, resources, and referrals to youth from difficult realities. Youth between the ages of 15 to 21 are able to build a life and employable skills, access cultural and outreach services, and build safe and healthy relationships so they can advocate for themselves and move toward independence.