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.
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.
Upcoming Groups and Events
Support Group for parents & caregivers of gender creative, trans, transgender children, youth or young adults
Please note that this group will take a pause for the month of December 2017. It will resume in January 2018. Please watch this page for the dates and further information. For more information, please see the program update letter.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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*!
WHEN: 6:30-7:30 PM on Saturday, August 19, 2017.
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: http://jpra.ca/registration/drop-in-membership-fees/ If the cost is prohibitive for you, please contact Hannah (email@example.com), Parnian (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can help find ways to cover the cost.
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1678973415679163/
Transcend Drop – In Trans Youth Group
Please note that this group will not meet in December, as the last Monday of the month is a statutory holiday, December 25. The group will resume on January 29, 2018.
For gender diverse youth, by gender diverse facilitators. 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
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
TIME: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
LOCATION: Mothercraft Ottawa, 475 Evered Ave.
What we do
We provide individual and couples counselling for people over the age of 18.
Workshops, Training and Public Education
Our Trainer and Public Educator provides free community development, education and workshops on LGBTTQ+ individuals and families. We will adjust the training to fit the needs of your organization, social service agency or school.
A brief overview of topics covered for the LGBTTQ+ training and presentation include:
- Human rights
- Use of inclusive language
- Myths of LGBTTQ+ families
- Issues for children and families
- Practical tools and strategies
- Parent/educator relationship
- Toolkits and information
- Online resources and books
- Current LGBTTQ+ research
- Parent Toolkit – English and French
- Educator Toolkit – English and French
- Resource Toolkit
- Starting and LGBTQ Parent Support Group Toolkit
- Baby and Toddler
- Early Readers
- Chapter Books
- Facts of Life
- Adults with (a) LGBTQ Parent(s)
- LGBTQ Parenting
- Memoirs and Personal Stories
- LGBTQ Family Theory
- New Research
Please visit the Family Services Ottawa Events Calendar to find out about upcoming events.