LGBTTQ+ Around the Rainbow

LGBTTQ+ Around the Rainbow is a community-based program  which provides a full range of education, counselling and support services offered by Family Services Ottawa.  We support the  lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two spirit, queer and questioning (LGBTTQ+) communities and allies.

What we do


We provide individual and couples counselling for people over the age of 18.  Please contact our intake worker at 613-725-3601 ext. 117 for more information.

Workshops, Training and Public Education

Our Trainer and Public Educator provides free education and training on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  We will adjust the training to fit the needs of your organization,  social service agency or school in Ottawa.

A brief overview of topics covered for the LGBTTQ+ training and presentation include:

*Fees apply outside of Ottawa.  For more information contact the Around the Rainbow Trainer and Public Education worker at 613-725-3601 ext. 105, or fill out our training request form and email to

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Upcoming Groups and Events

Support Group for parents & caregivers of gender creative, trans, transgender children, youth or young adults

Do you have a child, teen or young adult who is gender creative, gender independent, trans or transgender?

Are you interested in meeting with other parents & caregivers?

For more information contact the Around the Rainbow Trainer and Public Education worker at 613-725-3601 ext 105,

Trans Children and Youth Swim Night

Join us for our monthly swim night in collaboration with Camp Ten Oaks for gender creative, gender independent, genderfluid, genderqueer, trans, two-spirit, intersex, agender, non-binary and all fabulous gender diverse children and youth ages 0-24*!

LOCATION: Jack Purcell Community Centre Pool (320 Jack Purcell Lane, Ottawa, ON)

COST: The cost ranges from $2.30-4.80/person; please see the swimming drop-in fees on the Jack Purcell website: If the cost is prohibitive for you, please contact Hannah ( and we can help find ways to cover the cost.
Facebook link:

Transcend Drop – In Trans Youth Group

For gender diverse youth. Make friends, get support, do projects or just have fun!

In the group you can hang out, talk, eat snacks, play games, make buttons, make art, share information and sometimes we head over to a nearby park. The monthly activities and topics are planned by the group. Guest speakers are occasionally invited to join the group.

AGES:  11 – 17

WHEN: LAST Monday of each month

TIME: 6pm – 8pm

LOCATION: Family Services Ottawa, 312 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, ON

For more information contact 613-725-3601 ext. 105,

LGBTTQ+ Rainbow Families Art & Play Afternoon Drop-In

For queer & trans parents, caregivers, families, children and youth.  For families with gender creative, gender independent and trans children and youth. Join us in art & play activities while connecting with other families. We will have indoor and outdoor activities for all ages.

WHEN: First Saturday of each month except long weekends.  Please check the calendar or contact or phone 613-725-3601 ext.105 for alternate dates.

TIME: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

LOCATION: Mothercraft Ottawa, 475 Evered Ave.

For more information contact 613-725-3601 ext. 105,

For events please visit the LGBTTQ Around the Rainbow Facebook page


Learning from Around the Rainbow

The Around the Rainbow: Creating Inclusive Spaces for LGBTTQ+ Families in Ottawa manual is now available online.  This manual tells the story of the launch of the program at Family Services Ottawa, how the program and services have evolved over the years, lessons learned, and our plans for the future.  We hope that other agencies and communities will find useful resources and hints in the manual; please share it widely with your staff, clients, participants and community.  The funding for the development of the manual was provided by the Counselling Foundation of Canada.


Community Resources


Recommended Reading

Community Calendar

Please visit the Family Services Ottawa Events Calendar to find out about upcoming events.


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Family Services Ottawa
312 avenue Parkdale Ave.
Ottawa ON K1Y 4X5
T. 613-725-3601