This is our collection of resources we've found on queer issues of all shapes and description. You'll find a list of local groups and events for information and support for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and pansexuals. You'll also find resources for transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, and gender questioning folk. We've also compiled a list of websites on queer issues that we think are particularly helpful.
Organizations, Support & Resources
- All Seasons Weddings: Odessa Larmand is a wedding officiant specializing in LGBTQ weddings.
- Insight Psychological - specially trained AASECT and WPATH member Psychologists and Sex therapists provide counseling services for anyone and are of inclusive LGBTQ+.
- Egale Canada: A national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) human rights organization, advancing equality, diversity, education, and justice.
- PFLAG Canda: PFLAG Canada is Canada's only national organization that helps all Canadians who are struggling with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. PFLAG Canada supports, educates and provides resources to parents, families, friends, and colleagues with questions or concerns, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Pride Centre of Edmonton: Edmonton's community resource for all people of queer orientations as well as allies. The Pride Centre of Edmonton offers a wide range of programs such as support groups, social events, and educational seminars to help improve the social, mental, and physical health of our community.
- OUTreach at the University of Alberta: GLBTQ student group on campus.
- Womonspace Edmonton: Womonspace provides opportunities for lesbians to interact and support each other in a safe environment, and contribute to the broader community. Organizes Edmonton meet-ups and events for lesbian-identified women in the area.
- Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services: An interdisciplinary hub for scholarly work in sexual minority studies located in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. The Institute’s mission is to help enhance possibilities for groundbreaking research, policy development, education, community outreach, and service provision focused on sexual minorities and their issues and concerns.
- MacEwan Diversity Project: The MacEwan University Diversity Project aims to bring visibility and resources to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, queer, questioning, LGBTTQ, and allied communities.
- Youth Understanding Youth (facebook page): The mission of Youth Understanding Youth (YUY) is to provide a warm and friendly place where lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified,Two-spirited, queer, questioning, and straight youth can gather to have fun and learn about themselves and others in a safe, supportive, and caring environment.
- It Gets Better Project: To communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth around the world that it gets better and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
- Team Edmonton: To provide their membership and supporters with access to well organized and fun sporting events and other recreational activities that allow them to participate and interact in a positive social framework. Serving primarily members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities but open to friends and supporters of GLBT community.
- Edmonton Vocal Minority: Edmonton Vocal Minority has been unique voice in Edmonton's musical and Queer community. EVM is a non-auditioned, mixed-voice choir that is committed to playing a vital role in preserving and celebrating the rich culture and history of the Queer community, while at the same time championing equality and embracing the diversity of all people regardless of sexual orientation.
- Camp fYrefly: Camp fYrefly is Canada's only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning, and allied youth.
- Prime Timers WorldWide: Prime Timers are older gay or bisexual men (and younger men who admire mature men), who choose to have their social lives enriched by the diverse activities in which the members engage. They enjoy the opportunities and friendships that develop with other Prime Timers throughout the world. (note that there is a local Edmonton Chapter).
- Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition: A national organization whose objective is to address the various health and wellness issues that people who have sexual and emotional relationships with people of the same gender, or a gender identity that does not conform to the identity assigned to them at birth, encounter.
- Calgary Outlink Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity: To foster community and respond to the diverse needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and questioning individuals, and their families, friends, and allies. Programming includes peer support and a distress hotline.
- Works in Progress: Susan Larcombe is a registered psychologist who specializes in Marriage and Family therapy, with experience in sexual, sexuality, and gender issues.
News, Culture, Politics and More...
- Xtra!: Canada's gay and lesbian news. Updated mulitple times per day with the latest news relating to the queer community.
- Gaywire on CJSR: Edmonton's only queer radio show, Thursdays from 6 - 7pm on 88.5 FM and online. Check out their blog as well — for all kinds of news and culture.
- Gay Calgary Magazine: Provides thorough coverage of GLBT community events in Calgary and across Alberta. Gay Calgary unites content from the entire GLBTTQQA community, helping these groups become better aware of the issues faced by each one.
- Queer Cultural Centre: A multiracial community-building organization that fosters the artistic, economic, and cultural development of San Francisco's LGBT community. They implement their mission by operating programs that commission and present Queer artists, promote the development of culturally diverse Queer arts organizations, and document significant Queer arts events. Stages the National Queer Arts Festival.
- Kate Bornstein's Blog for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws: Bornstein is the author of Gender Outlaws (and now Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation.) This blog is updated regularly and although it is generally targeted towards young people, it's a great read for queer folks of all sorts.
- I Dig Your Girlfriend (blog): I Dig Your Girlfriend is one of western Canada’s only queer-oriented, feminist websites. IDYGF loves all kinds of love, gender, orientations, and identification: gay, straight, lesbian, allies, transgender, bisexual, pansexual, polyamorous — and everyone else who doesn’t fit into a “box”. Be you. You’re beautiful. As is.
- Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives: Keeping our stories alive. Celebrating our diversity, our achievements, how we have lived, loved and played. Documenting remembrance, pride, education, and a legacy for future generations. We exist not only to collect and preserve materials, but to make them available for research. Plus, we offer personalized reference service
The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose: A registered non-profit society, the mission of the ISCWRSA is to raise funds for charities and other organizations which either provide direct services to the GLBT community of Edmonton or those which work to promote an accepting attitude to gays and lesbians in the community as a whole.
Fruit Loop Edmonton: LGBTQ event where our fellow Fruits — a diverse community of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transfolk, queers, two spirited, straights, allies, cherries and berries — can mix, mingle, and have fun. We are a grassroots collective of creative individuals who are donating our time, talents, resources, and energy. We are not affiliated with any one organization, business, or venue.
- Evolution Wonderlounge: Dance club and lounge for Edmonton’s GLBT community.
- Edmonton Queers: A blog about queers in Edmonton, based on submissions from the queers in Edmonton. Submit pics/bios about yourself, events going on, or anything queer related in Edmonton.
- Alberta Trans: AlbertaTrans.org endeavors to provide the most up-to-date and complete info for the transgendered communities, including trans-friendly shopping, support group links, and more.
- TransUnite - allows members of the transgender & non-binary communities to find a support group local to them (or even an online-only group.
- Intersex Society of North America: The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.
Bodies Like Ours: Intersex information and peer support. Bodies Like Ours seeks to end the shame and secrecy that surrounds people born intersexed and/or with atypical genitals through community and peer support.
- How to Respect a Transgender Person: Information on how to be supportive and respectful of someone's self-identity.
- Trans Road Map: Much of this information applies to all transsexuals, but this site is specifically about passing and about being able to exercise the option of "stealth."
- Mermaids: We offer information, support, friendship and shared experiences, via telephone, email, and snail mail. We give support for individual young people with Gender Identity Issues, for their families, and to professionals and others who are worried about a child or young person.
- Underworks: These guys carry a large variety of chest binders and compression vests, with lots of information about how to choose and size one.
- Intersex Initiative: A national activist and advocacy organization for people born with intersex conditions. Covers news, activism, medical reporting, and support resources.
- Pee-Cock: This is one of the only STP packers we've seen that can be used for play. At this point, we are not able to get this product into the store — you need to order it online. We have only looked at the product website and read reviews on the toy. It looks like it's a good material and good construction. Follow their cleaning and care instructions carefully.
- Hermaphrodites with Attitude: Hermaphrodites with Attitude was the occasional newsletter of ISNA, published from December 1994 through Spring 2003. Here are all the back issues, in pdf form.
- All About Trans: Facts and information about the trans community and encouraging greater understanding between media professionals and the transgender community.
- Original Plumbing Magazine: Original Plumbing documents diversity within trans male lifestyles through photographic portraits and essays, personal narratives, and interviews. It is a quarterly print magazine by Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos, independently published and distributed out of San Francisco, CA. They keep their website updated with features.
- The Gender Trust: (UK) The Gender Trust is a listening ear, a caring support, and an information centre for anyone with any question or problem concerning their gender identity, or whose loved one is struggling with gender identity issues. Provides a quarterly magazine, a confidential contact directory, and a corporate membership.
- Trans Media Watch: Dedicated to improving media coverage of trans and intersex issues. Trans Media Watch helps people in the media to understand these issues and produce clear, accurate, respectful material. It also helps trans and intersex people who are interacting with the media to get results they are comfortable with.
- FTM International: FTMI has many local chapters that meet for support, information, and community building. Find out about legal rights, female-to-male transition, health, and successful FTMs in all walks of life.
- Androgyne Online: A dense compilation of information and links for the androgynous and trans community.
- Last of the Clean Bohemians: Paris Lees — blogger, activist, journalist, trans woman.