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

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?

NEW DATES!  3rd Tuesday of each month

January 19, February 16, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15 and December 20 (ongoing)

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Family Services Ottawa, 312 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, ONRegistration is not required, please join us anytime.

For more information contact Beck Hood, 613-725-3601 ext 105,


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 Beck Hood 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:


Community Resources


Recommended Reading

Community Calendar

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


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