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

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,

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, September 17th, 2016.  (Other fall dates TBA)

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 (, Parnian ( or Beck ( and we can help find ways to cover the cost.
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Youth Group

This group is for youth between the ages of 12 – 16 (10 or 11 year old youth may be invited, please speak with Beck first)

For youth who identify as gender fluid, trans, two-spirit, gender queer, non-binary, gender diverse (etc)

The group is a social space led by trans and non-binary facilitators. The youth 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 youth who attended previous month’s group.  Guest speakers are occasionally invited to join the group.

The group is led and created by and for trans, two spirit, non- binary youth.

WHEN: LAST Monday of each month (December 26th excluded)

TIME: 6pm – 8pm   LOCATION: Family Services Ottawa, 312 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, ON

LGBTTQ+ Rainbow Families Art & Play Afternoon (October & November 2016)

October 1 has an APPLE ADVENTURE theme!

Apple snacks, apple pancakes, apple books and apple crafts!!!! You can dress up in your favourite apple outfit!

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: Saturday October 1, Saturday November 5

TIME: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

LOCATION: Mothercraft Ottawa, 475 Evered Ave.

Facebook link:

FALL 2016 Mothercraft Drop In Schedule


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