to Trans Vancouver Island
A resource and information site for transgender and gender diverse people and their allies on Vancouver Island
Dear Visitors, I’ve been maintaining this site as a volunteer since 2012, when an applied local research project supported by Royal Roads University surfaced a community need for an island-specific resource directory. I’m excited to let you know that the site will migrate in April; it will continue to be maintained as part of the University of Victoria’s Transgender Chair activities. Thanks to all of you who helped make this site useful by providing listings or recommending it to others.
— matthew heinz, phd, http://www.royalroads.ca/people/matthew-heinz
This site does not endorse any organizations, services, or individuals listed here.
Updated 16 March 2019
AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI)
AIDS Vancouver Island serves the needs of people infected and affected by HIV and hepatitis C. Its mission is to strengthen community, prevent infection, provide support, and combat stigma. Services include Positive Wellness Programs, Street Outreach, Health Promotion and Community Awareness, Men’s Wellness Programs and Volunteer Programs. New Gender Variant Drop-in: Our Gender Variant Group happens at the downtown Victoria Central Library on the 2nd Wednesday of every month 6-8pm and the last Thursday of every month from 6-8pm. It is a facilitated drop-in group, sometimes with a health topic, sometimes open discussion. Bus tickets and snacks are offered. More info is on Facebook and our website.
- 3rd Floor – Access Health Centre, 713 Johnson ST, Victoria BC V8W 1M8
AIDS Vancouver Island Courtenay/Comox
- 355 6th St., Courtenay, BC, V9N 1M2
AIDS Vancouver Island Campbell River
- 1371 c. Cedar Street, Campbell River BC, V9W 2W6
AIDS Vancouver Island Nanaimo
- #102-55 Victoria Road, Nanaimo BC V9R 5N9
AIDS Vancouver Island West Shore/Langford
- 111-2787 Jacklin Road, Langford, BC V9B 3X7
alt pride fest
alt pride is an alternative pride organizing collective committed to an accessible, affordable, political, and all-ages alternative to mainstream pride on the stolen territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.
Ambit Gender Diversity Consulting
Ambit offers professional development for organizations who are committed to improving experiences for trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people and gender diverse teams. Whether it’s serving clients better, working with staff needs, or engaging your community, this training will truly benefit everyone!
Established in 2002, Antidote is an award-winning grassroots network and community-based organization of over 180 multiracial girls and women in Victoria, British Columbia. Our members represent diverse voices, ages, ethno-cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds and affiliations in the community. We work with youth, families, schools, community groups, service providers, policy makers and researchers to promote the visibility and needs of racialized minority and Indigenous girls and women.
- c/o Department of Women’s Studies, University of Victoria, PO Box 1700 Stn CSC, Victoria BC V8W 2Y2
Bailey Counselling Therapy
Vanessa A. Bailey. Registered nurse and registered clinical counsellor.
- 221-560 Johnson Street, Victoria
- (250) 858-7770
Danelle Barnard, BSW, MA, MScA, RCC
Queer-identified psychotherapist specializing in the needs of LGBTQ2S+ folks and their loved ones: gender exploration and support at all stages of transition; support for parents of gender-diverse children and youth; couple and family therapy for LGBTQ2S+ folks (also poly and kink knowledgeable); mental health care for depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and other psychiatric concerns. Trained as social worker, creative arts therapist, and couple and family therapist. Trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, integrative approach. Free 30-minute consultation.
- Email: outsidetheboxcounselling.ca
- 2-1505 Fell Street, Victoria, BC
- Phone: 778-678-2293
Otis Bell Holistic Bodywork
I am a transgender massage therapist, offering sliding scale massage to the trans and queer community in Victoria.
- 733 Johnson Street Suite 108, Victoria
- (250) 882-2819
Bicknell Assurance (Insurance)
Licensed broker with over 20 years of experience in insurance industry with special expertise in travel insurance for Canadian residents. Licensed to sell home owners, tenant, automobile, travel, and business insurance to British Columbia residents. I live on Vancouver Island with my partner Todd, my dog Oz, and my two turtles. It would be my pleasure and privilege to work with you to determine your insurance needs.
Sarah Pullman, MA, RCC, Reg. Clinical Counsellor. Works on issues of anxiety, depression, trauma. Helps transgender folks of all identities and at all stages of transition to achieve better mental health.
- 1517 Amelia Street, Victoria
Bonkowski Active Rehab
Adrian Bonkowski, BAET, CAT(C), R.Kin, CSEP-CPT, PN1. Adrian is a trans Athletic Therapist, Registered Kinesiologist and Personal Trainer with Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coaching designation. He has a strong background in strength and conditioning from athletes to individuals undergoing lifestyle changes. Everybody that produces movement is an athlete by some capacity whether they are a weekend warrior or someone who crochets in their spare time. He has knowledge in rehabilitative sciences, advanced anatomy and physiology, applications of clinical modalities, nutrition and program design for all populations. Depending on the specific needs of the client, he tailors each treatment to best suite the individual. Adrian’s treatments combine passive and active rehab for optimal success for every individual. Services offered: bodywork, personal training and nutrition coaching. Now Accepting new patients and clients.
Abby is a speech and language pathologist that specializes in transgender voice therapy for feminization and masculinization on Vancouver Island.
Camas Bookstore & InfoShop
The Camas Infoshop is a not-for-profit and collectively-run infoshop, bookstore and autonomous space located on Lekwungen Territory. Camas first opened its doors in September 2007, with the intention of providing a voice for anti-authoritarian and anti-colonial perspectives and local struggles, and helping to foster a spirit of solidarity with other such struggles taking place globally.
- 2620 Quadra St., Victoria, BC V8T 4E2, Traditional Lekwungen Territory
Camosun College Pride Centre
- Richmond House 103, 3100 Foul Bay Road, Victoria, BC V8P 5J2
Kathleen Campbell (RMT), Registered Massage Therapy
- #411-1061 Fort Street, Victoria
- 250- 896-2155
Campbell River LGBT2Q+ Youth Group
For queer, trans, agender, gender variant youth ages 14-24.Youth group that began in October 2016 and is supported by the partnership of John Howard Society North Island. Leave a message for dood or Dawn Marie at the John Howard Society at 250-287-0611.
Chair in Transgender Studies, University of Victoria.
The Chair in Transgender Studies is the world’s only research and community-outreach Chair dedicated to the development and communication of research and building community support of trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people. Activities of the Chair in Transgender Studies include hosting biennial Moving Trans History Forward conferences, leadership of the Transgender Archives, offering scholarships and fellowships, sponsoring visiting speakers, hosting graduate student colloquia, sponsoring arts and cultural events, co-sponsoring movie nights, hosting Nachos Nights. Aaron Devor is the current Chair. See https://uvic.ca/transchair for information about programming. Follow us on social media: Twitter @TransArchives, Facebook UVicTransArchives, Instagram TransArchives, YouTube Transgender Archives, Flickr Transgender Archives @ UVic.Chair in Transgender Studies, University of Victoria, PO Box 3050 STN CSC, Victoria BC V8W 3P5, Canada.
James Cowan R.C.C., Tall Tree Counselling and Consulting Services, Port Alberni
- 4711 Elizabeth St., Port Alberni, BC, 250-735-8822
Cowichan Computer Whisperer
In-house technical support and general computer services for Cowichan Valley and beyond, provided by a trans-friendly computer professional.
Creating Connections Discussion Group
Creating Connections is a common posting Facebook page for events (mainly queer) of interest to the IslandZ community.
Crown Isle Clinic
- Dr. Sharmeen Mazaheri, Family Physician. Note: Now accepting new trans patients requiring primary care, assessments or hormone management.
- 300-444 Lerwick Road, Courtenay
Crush is a night club in Victoria for the queer community and its allies. We are here to host a club night for the queer community while employing members of the community and giving back to causes in the Victoria area.
DAISSI (Diverse and Inclusive Salt Spring Island; formerly knon as Gays and Lesbians of Salt Spring Island or GLOSSI)
DAISSI is a non-profit society for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning people with Allies on Salt Spring Island. The society has the following mission: to undertake educational outreach services on LGBTQ issues for the community at large; to provide opportunities for fun and socializing; to offer referral services to individuals who need support and comfort; and to generally help encourage a positive and visible LGBTQ presence in the community.
- Box 644, Salt Spring Island, B.C., V8K 2W2
Family Night (Pizza and More 4 times a year)
Meets fifth Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at #107-1208 Wharf Street, Victoria. Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative.
Dr. Caspar Friesen, MD
Family Physician. Victoria. Currently unable to accept new patients.
Bodhi Thompson Gardner
I am a transgender speaker, educator and advocate located in the Cowichan Valley.
Gender Creative Kids Nanaimo Peer Family Support Group
We’re working on making the group more sustainable and might not be able to answer email for a while.
Gender Outlaws Drop-In Group
Meets third Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at #107-1208 Wharf Street, Victoria (Courtyard Level – Hartwig Court). Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative. Facilitated by Janis Zroback, Zameen Sabet, ChrYs Tei.
A youth monthly drop in for trans, gender creative, Two-Spirit or or gender creative children in Grade 8 or younger, their siblings, and their parents/caregivers. Trans parents and families with children grade 8 and under also welcome. This group is a fun gathering space where trans children can meet and create friendships, and where caregivers can meet and support one another. Look forward to food, activities and free time, and mentorship from trans adult and cis allied facilitators. Drop-ins are the third Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Saanich Neighbourhood Place, 3100 Tillicum Road, in the Pearkes Rec. Centre. Greater Victoria.
Gender Spectacular Caregivers Support Group (Support for Parents and Cregivers)
A bi-monthly meeting for parents/caregivers and adult family members (including chosen family) who are supporting a Two-Spirit, trans, gender creative, or otherwise gender questioning child or youth. The purpose of this group is to provide peer-based support, build relationships and connections and share information and resources. Groups are facilitated by parents and trans community members. Meetings are first Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and third Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. Greater Victoria. For more information, including locations, please email:
Guidepost Counselling and Consultation – Elizabeth Holland
Elizabeth is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who works with teens and adults exploring issues of gender and sexuality, and provides a safe and welcoming space for trans people to work with other issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, and the stresses of life.
- 1321 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC. Phone: 778-678-7652
Hans Kai 4 Trans
Group wellness program offering exchange on medical and social transition experiences and well-being. Meets first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at #107-1208 Wharf Street, Victoria. Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative. Open to all. Facilitated by certified Hans Kai facilitators Chrys Tei or Alexa Clodge.
Hans Kai 4 Trans Check In
Group wellness program offering exchange on medical and social transition experiences and well-being. Meets Tuesdays from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. to check in on trans health indicators at #107-1208 Wharf Street, Victoria. Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative. Open to all.
Ocean Lum (Bsc, MA), is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, a Yoga therapist, Yoga teacher and a mindfulness instructor. She conducts hormone assessments. Her gift is offering holistic help integrating body, mind, and spirit.
Homospun Collective Events
The Homospun Collective is a growing group of folks looking to put on inclusive events for the GLBTQ community and friends, allies, and anyone interested in finding alternative spaces to meet, create, dance, relax, and make friends.
- Kuo’sing’el’as, Lekwungen Territory, Victoria, BC
Hormone Readiness Assessment
- Vanessa A. Bailey. Registered nurse and registered clinical counsellor. 221-560 Johnson Street, Victoria. Phone: (250) 858-7770. email@example.com
- Dr. Magali Brulot, Psychologist. 201-1770 Fort Street, Victoria BC V8R 1J5, 250-888-5645 Also performs surgical assessments
- Ocean Lum, MA, BsC, Registered Clinical Counsellor. 1405 Fernwood Road, Victoria. 250-382-3810. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Sharmeen Mazaheri. Crown Isle Clinic. 300-444 Lerwick Road, Courtenay. 250-338-1333. Now accepting referrals but for trans clients only.
- Heather Michael, MSW, Reg. Clinical Social Worker, 250-217-5963. email@example.com
- Joanna Morrison, Reg. Clinical Counsellor, 250-816-4716. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Margaret Stephens. Psychotherapist. Centre for Counselling & Therapy and Victoria Women’s Counselling. 221-560 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8W 3C6. 250-380-9924
- Kate Steele Counselling, Central Building, 505-620 View Street, Victoria, 250-886-4152. email@example.com
Island Sexual Health
Island Sexual Health Society offers sexual health clinics and sex education programs for all genders, orientations, identities, and ages in Greater Victoria.
- #101-3960 Quadra Street, Victoria, 250-592-3479
- Richmond House, Camosun College Lansdowne Campus, 3100 Foul Bay Road (Sept. – April)
- Royal Bay High School, 3500 Ryder Hjesdal Way, Victoria, BC V9C OJ6, 250-888-6814 (Wednesday for SD62 only)
- QOM. QEM SLANI Tsawout First Nations Clinic, 7728 Tetayut Road (Wednesdays for members of 4 Saanich First Nations only)
June Jacob, RN/BSN/CDE/CPT, Pediatric Nurse Clinician
Pediatric Nurse Clinician for Endocrine Vancouver Island.
- Victoria General Hospital, 1 Hospital Way, Victoria BC V8Z 6R5
Jobs for Queers Victoria B.C.
A facebook group for any jobs or volunteer opportunities for queers in the Greater Victoria Area! Also, feel free to add people to the group.
Please note that “queer” in the context of this group includes anyone on the LGBTTQIA2S+ spectrum (meaning it refers to diversity of both sexuality and gender.)
Twila Lavender, Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC), Victoria, BC
Counselor with experience in working with trans and gender diverse people.
The Lego Group
Weekly youth drop-in on Fridays at 3-4:30pm for 13-18 year old LGBTQ2S youth (if interested, but older/younger, please call). Pacific Centre Family Services: 324 Goldstream Ave, 2nd floor.
For more info call Wendy( 391-2223), Stephanie (213-1579), or Heather (952-4080).
Liquid Capital West Coast Financing Corp. Rebekah Hutchison, Principal. Victoria, BC
Transfriendly corporation providing working capital solutions for small and medium sized businesses as well as middle market companies.
LGBTQ+ Hang Out
A fun and supportive drop-in for LGBTQ2+ youth (and allies!) from 13-18 years old. We hang out, make crafts, play board games, watch movies and listen to music! 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at the Backdoor Teen Centre in Gordon Head Recreation Centre.
Jude Marleau, M.Ed., Registered Clinical Counsellor
I offer support, information and counselling for folks who are exploring their gender identity and who want support with any of the following: social transitioning; hormone readiness assessments/support; and/or considerations pertaining to medical transitioning. I also offer support and counselling for partners of trans folks and for parents of trans and gender creative children.
Heather Michael, MSW, RCSW Counselling & Consulting Victoria, BC
I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker in private practice with experience working in Mental Health Services. I work with children, youth, and families. I am also able to administer hormone readiness assessments.
Feodor Mongin, B.Sc., R.Ac.
Acupuncture, massage, nutrition councelling, and wellness training. Email for appointment
- Victoria Professional Building, 1120 Yates Street, Victoria, BC
Katrina Montgomery, R.Ac.
Offers acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities as well as Craniosacral therapy on a sliding scale. Katrina has a focus on treating anxiety, mental health, trauma, and chronic pain and strives to create a safe space for fellow members of the LBGTQ2+ community.
Online booking available at
Joanna Morrison, M.Ed Counselling Psychology, Registered Clinical Counsellor.
Queer friendly therapist with offices in Nanaimo and Victoria. Services include relationship counselling, hormone readiness assesment, sextherapy, trauma. Trained in EMDR.
- Moss Street Healthcare, 143 Moss Street, Victoria BC V8V 4M2, Canada
Nanaimo Generation Q Youth Program
Our mission is to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive space that allows youth to connect, and openly express their concerns regarding issues impacting their lives and the LGBTQQIP2SSA community. For youth aged 13-18. Youth aged 14-24 are encouraged to participate as youth mentors and volunteers. Meets Thursday evenings at the South Side Teen Centre, 20 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, BC.
- Contact Boys and Girls Club, Nanaimo
North Island Pride
North Island Pride was established to provide a framework to organise the Campbell River Pride Festival. The first festival was held in 2015, and it was an extension of the work done by Kelly Whiteside with the annual Walk Away From Homophobia. The goal is to help educate on LGBTQ issues, create safe spaces, and celebrate diversity.
Based in Victoria, BC, http://onmyplanet.ca is a queer and trans positive website that houses The Queer Story Archive. The Archive is an ever-expanding collection of life experience stories, on video and in text, from everyone under the rainbow and the people who love us. As of January 2018 there are over 125 stories posted, many of them from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Onmyplanet.ca also has an online support and referral network local to BC. To join our mailing list click here http://onmyplanet.ca/mundo/?page_id=2624 New in 2018 – Gender Ally – genderally.ca – is a series of workshops that support trans, Two-Spirit and gender non-conforming inclusion. Each workshop emanates from a unique story at onmyplanet.ca. Gender Ally was developed by onmyplanet.ca in partnership with Artemis Place alternative high school – artemisplace.org – with funding from the Victoria Foundation, Community Grants Program. All stories are accessible 24/7 at onmyplanet.ca and all written workshop materials are free to download (printable PDFs). The Gender Ally Introductory documents include comprehensive resources for interested facilitators who are inexperienced and/or unfamiliar with the subject matter.
Outlet Open Mic
Out on Campus
LGBT Student Group, Vancouver Island University.Out On Campus is a student social club at VIU which organizes activities for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit and Questioning students and their straight-identified allies.
- 900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, BC, Canada V9R 5S5
Marita Panton, RB/BSN/CDE/CPT, Pediatric Nurse Clinician
Pediatric Nurse Clinician for Endocrine Vancouver Island.
- Victoria General Hospital, 1 Hospital Way, Victoria BC V8Z 6R5
Partners of FTM Transgender Individuals
Victoria-based closed Facebook group
Peer Support. Available for general advice for other trans people, family, friends.
Aaron Devor, PhD, the world’s only Chair in Transgender Studies, has been working in the trans community for over thirty years. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and books, has delivered 20+ keynote addresses to audiences around the world, the Founder and Academic Director of the world’s largest Transgender Archives, a former Dean of Graduate Studies (2002-2012), and a professor of Sociology, at the University of Victoria, Canada.
Peer support, advocacy, and trans education.
Host of Breaking Binary radio show (University of Victoria CFUV 101.9 FM) Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Contact Daphne Shaed at firstname.lastname@example.org or YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/daphneshaed) or www.trannycyborg.com.
Yana Petronis.Counsellor. M.A., C.C.C.
I am a counsellor with extensive experience working with trans and queer clients, as well as their partners and family members.I specialize in working with trauma, including developmental trauma and critical incident trauma, as well as issues related to identity, relationships, gender, sexuality, and spirituality. I am located in downtown Victoria and am able to offer a limited number of sessions on a sliding scale.
PFLAG Campbell River
PFLAG Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual children. Through PFLAG Canada and Contact network, we actively assist in the recognition and growth of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersex, queer and questioning persons and their families and friends, within their diverse cultures and societies. The Campbell River chapter offers support via email and connection to other support groups on Vancouver Island.
PFLAG- NANAIMO is a safe, supportive and confidential peer support group for family and friends of the LGBTQ+ community and for Community members themselves. We meet once a month (except for July and August) on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Support is also available by phone or email. Our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pflagnanaimo provides information on our meetings as well as a variety of educational and informational posts. Contact Joan Hunting via phone or email:
Positive Space Alliance
The Positive Space Alliance at Vancouver Island University is a group of students, staff, and faculty committed to raising awareness of diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity on campus. We do policy work, educational campaigns, research, as well as organize social events.
- Vancouver Island University, 900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, BC, Canada V9R 5S5
Positive Space Network
The Positive Space Network is a visible network of students, faculty, staff and alumni who are working to make the University of Victoria a safer and more inclusive space for people of all genders and sexualities. The PSN seeks to work with and strengthen the services that already exist at UVic by creating a network that supports and connects people working toward inclusion, promotes Most Unexceptional practices, links researchers and provides support and resources for individuals.
- University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria BC V8P 5C2
Queerest Tea in Town
Meets every Tuesday from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at QV Cafe, 1701 Government Street, Victoria. Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative. Contact ChrYs Tei at 888-241-9992 extension 100.
Queer News: Victoria and Vancouver Island
Queer Housing Victoria BC
This is a group for LGBTTQQI2SA+ (LGBTQ+) self-identified people seeking or offering shared accommodation in Victoria. This group exists due to the specific barriers that LGBTQ+ folks face in regards to accommodation.
We put on and promote events that celebrate Victoria’s diverse and dynamic queer and trans arts and culture scene. …Former events include Queer As Funk.
- Contact Chrys Tei email@example.com
- 1-888-241-9992 Extension 100
- Contact Kazimea firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m., Victoria. Check Rainbow Health Cooperative website for location. Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative.
Queer peers is open to all queer, trans, 2-Spirit, and non-binary youth ages 14-25 who wish to train to become peer educators and leaders in their community. The youth start with 8 weeks of training on topics such as HIV, sexual health, and harm reduction, and end their series with an 8-week project designed, organized, and implemented by themselves. In past years, Queer Peers youth have organized the creation of a zine, a night of art and performance, and a sexual health symposium! Program schedule TBD. For more information, contact Heather at email@example.com or by phone at 250-384-2366 ext. 3113.
Monthly, free community dinners for self-identified queer, trans, and/or 2-spirit Indigenous people and people of colour. They are 5:30-8:30pm every third Monday at Upside Teen Centre in Saanich Commonwealth Place on WSÁNEĆ Territory.
Rainbow Health Co-operative
The Rainbow Health Co-operative hosts various queer and trans*-oriented community gatherings and meetings in Victoria. Consult the Event Calendar for meeting announcements.
Resonance Arts Counselling and Creative Arts Therapy
Kazimea Sokil, M.A., R.C.C., 491 A 4th Street, Courtenay, BC V9N 1G9.
Saanich 2-Spirit, Queer, Trans & Allied Youth Dinner & Drop-In
A drop-in for self-identified 2-Spirit, Queer, Trans & Allied youth between 13-18. This is a fun hang-out space for you to create what you need, meet new folks, make new friends, socialize, or just be you! A safer, supportive space with Queer/Trans mentors. Meets Fridays at 5:30 p.m. at the Upside Teen Centre at Saanich Commonwealth Place.
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- (250) 381-6367
- 102-1022 Pandora Ave., Victoria, BC V8V 3P5
- Twitter: @MensTrauma
Regional contact for Trans Care BC, the provincial transgender health program through Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). Regional community engagement coordinator, Island Health Region, Trans Care BC.
Salt Spring Island peer support for trans people and their partners.
Mike Schmalz, M.A., C.C.C., Trauma Therapist
Dr. Sharolyn Sloat, Psychologist (CPBC #1666)
- 453 Head Street, Victoria
- 250- 884-9041
Soul Mama Services
Are you planning a wedding but feeling very sad due to estrangement from your parents? That can hurt to the core! As part of my social activism for 2019, I am volunteering my services as a stand-in supportive elder for your special day. I do this from the heart…no fee. I would appreciate a $25 donation to the Go Fund Me campaign of my friends, Amy and Tafadzwa Matamba. They are raising funds to build a water well in Tafadzwa’s African village. Too many people are going blind as a result of dirty water…an epidemic in third world countries.Please feel free to contact Sheila Lev-Rani at email@example.com
Facilitated drop-in group, sometimes with a health topic, sometimes open discussion. For trans*, gender-variant, and Two-Spirit individuals in the south island area. Meets the second Wednesday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. and the last Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the downtown Victoria Central Library. Bus tickets and snacks provided. For more information, access our Facebook site. For more information, contact Marshall Kilduff at (250) 384-2366. At SpiritFirst Counselling, as the name implies, I see spirit first – not gender, age, ethnicity, occupation, income, physical appearance, education, orientation, ability, or any particular religion – although I understand these aspects influence our self-image. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor I have assisted families in their desire to support transgender relatives generally, and to transition into systems (ie – schools) specifically. As a lesbian feminist therapist I bring a strong respectful sensitivity to individuals, using an empowerment model in my approach. This is a private event open to anyone in the community who identifies as 2-Spirit, trans and/or non-binary as well as their friends and family (all ages welcome!). The facility will only be in use by community members attending the swim at this time. Regular drop-in rates apply, but if you cannot afford it, ask for the free Rainbow Pass. They happen about once a month, contact firstname.lastname@example.org “I work with children, youth, families and individuals. I have training in doing hormone readiness assessments for adults, and am pursuing similar training for working with youth. At the moment, I support children and youth questioning their gender or who identify as transgender, gender non-binary or gender fluid through an exploration process. I also provide support for challenges they might face such as I provide individual psychotherapy services to children, adolescents and adults dealing with a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and addictions. I work primarily in a cognitive-behavioral style, drawing on narrative, solution-focused and motivational therapies. I’m proud to offer respectful, knowledgeable services to queer and transgender individuals of all ages. Accepts referrals for children up to and including 18 years of age and follows WPATH guidelines for hormone blockers and hormone therapy using the BCCH consent forms. Prior completion of hormone readiness assessment preferred but also accepts referrals for information and discussion only. Support, connection, resources. You are not alone. Each group meeting is co-facilitated by Alyx MacAdams, a trans activist and MSW student, and a parent of a young trans person. This group is open to parents, caregivers, and adult family members of trans children, youth, and young adults of all gender identities, expressions, and even those questioning their gender. Free, bus tickets available, free parking. Childcare available on request. Third Wednesday of the month, 7-9pm and fourth Sunday of the month, 1:30-3:30pm. Supported by Trans Care BC, Parent Support Services Society of BC, and Saanich Parks and Recreation. For more information, including meeting locations, please contact email@example.com
South Vancouver Island Gender Variant Drop-In
SpiritFirstCounseling at Comox
2-Spirit, Trans and Non-Binary Family Swim:
Kate Steele Counselling, Victoria
anxiety and depression. I am passionate about working with families to help provide information and support in understanding gender diversity, and in learning how to best support their children.”
Dr. Garrett Stetson, R.Psych
Dr. Sue Stock, Pediatric Endocrinologist
Support Group for Parents and Families of Gender Diverse and Transgender Children and Youth
Facilitated drop-in group, sometimes with a health topic, sometimes open discussion. For trans*, gender-variant, and Two-Spirit individuals in the south island area. Meets the second Wednesday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. and the last Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the downtown Victoria Central Library. Bus tickets and snacks provided. For more information, access our Facebook site. For more information, contact Marshall Kilduff at (250) 384-2366.
At SpiritFirst Counselling, as the name implies, I see spirit first – not gender, age, ethnicity, occupation, income, physical appearance, education, orientation, ability, or any particular religion – although I understand these aspects influence our self-image. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor I have assisted families in their desire to support transgender relatives generally, and to transition into systems (ie – schools) specifically. As a lesbian feminist therapist I bring a strong respectful sensitivity to individuals, using an empowerment model in my approach.
This is a private event open to anyone in the community who identifies as 2-Spirit, trans and/or non-binary as well as their friends and family (all ages welcome!). The facility will only be in use by community members attending the swim at this time. Regular drop-in rates apply, but if you cannot afford it, ask for the free Rainbow Pass. They happen about once a month, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
“I work with children, youth, families and individuals. I have training in doing hormone readiness assessments for adults, and am pursuing similar training for working with youth. At the moment, I support children and youth questioning their gender or who identify as transgender, gender non-binary or gender fluid through an exploration process. I also provide support for challenges they might face such as
I provide individual psychotherapy services to children, adolescents and adults dealing with a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and addictions. I work primarily in a cognitive-behavioral style, drawing on narrative, solution-focused and motivational therapies. I’m proud to offer respectful, knowledgeable services to queer and transgender individuals of all ages.
Accepts referrals for children up to and including 18 years of age and follows WPATH guidelines for hormone blockers and hormone therapy using the BCCH consent forms. Prior completion of hormone readiness assessment preferred but also accepts referrals for information and discussion only.
Support, connection, resources. You are not alone. Each group meeting is co-facilitated by Alyx MacAdams, a trans activist and MSW student, and a parent of a young trans person. This group is open to parents, caregivers, and adult family members of trans children, youth, and young adults of all gender identities, expressions, and even those questioning their gender. Free, bus tickets available, free parking. Childcare available on request. Third Wednesday of the month, 7-9pm and fourth Sunday of the month, 1:30-3:30pm. Supported by Trans Care BC, Parent Support Services Society of BC, and Saanich Parks and Recreation. For more information, including meeting locations, please contact email@example.com
TransAction Victoria Collective
TransAction is a local collective of activists, advocating for the rights of, and striving to create community with and for Trans and Gender-Variant people in the Greater Victoria Area, Coast Salish Territories, through direct action, awareness raising activities and the ongoing project of creating safer spaces.
The Transgender Archives (University of Victoria)
The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria holds the world’s largest collection of archival material related to trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit activism and research. The collections trace over 100 years of research and over 50 years of activism from 18 countries on five continents. The archives are open to the public at no charge. For more information please visit https://transgenderarchives.uvic.ca or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trans Fem Sisterly Support Drop-In Group
Meets fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at #107-1208 Wharf Street, Victoria. Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative. Facilitated by Alexa Clodge, ChrYs Tei.
Trans Masculine Drop-In Group
Meets second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at #107-1208 Wharf Street, Victoria. Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative. Facilitated by Daniel Allen, James Gardner, ChrYs Tei.
Trans Tipping Point
The Trans Tipping Point is accepting applications for 2018-19 arts workshops. The workshops are for youth artists 10-18 and adult mentors who will participate in free weekend retreats of visual art-making that will culminate in a group exhibition at Legacy’s UVIC Maltwood Gallery in Victoria. Retreats dates are 12-14 October 2018, January 2019, and March 2019. Applications are due before 11;59 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2018. Artists apply at bit.ly/ttpyouth. Mentors apply at bit.ly/ttpadult.
TransVictoria Peer Support Group
Facebook group for Vancouver Island Transgender support. We all need support in life. Going through life as a transgender person can sometimes mean we need even more support. This is a group for folks to give that support.
Share your stories, give tips and advice and just be positive. Tell us about your transition milestones or seek advice. Connect with others and join in some of the local LGBTQ events. A note about join requests: All join requests are checked for legitimacy. Please make sure you have a location on your FB profile as each join request is checked to make sure we stay focused on Vancouver Island and West Coast mainland members. Blank, empty or new profiles may not be accepted.
University of Victoria Pride
The Pride Collective is a constituency group of the University of Victoria Students’ Society mandated to represent, advocate for, and provide services for queer students on Campus. The group receives its funding from the undergraduate students at the University of Victoria. Its responsibility is to meet the needs of the student body as a whole on queer issues. It also advocates for the community at large.
- Student Union Building, University of Victoria P.O. Box 3035, Victoria, BC V8W 3P3
- 250- 472-4393
Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS)
VPWAS is the only peer run HIV/AIDS organization on Vancouver Island and provides practical and therapeutic support services (Peer Navigation, peer support, treatment information, education, complementary health services and advocacy) to persons living with HIV/AIDS and/or HepC. We are a for social-profit (non-profit), member based organization made up of people living with HIV and/or HepC. A volunteer Board of Directors, all of whom are living with HIV/AIDS and/or HepC, governs our Society. This is to ensure our grassroots philosophy and in keeping with our person-centred support model of service.
- 110-1139 Yates Street, Victoria, BC V8V 3N2
Vancouver Island Queer Resource Collective
Resource website for Victoria and Vancouver Island
- Suite 109-1026 Johnson St.Victoria, BC V8V 3N7
- 250- 592-4532
- 709 Yates Street, Victoria, BC V8W 3S2
- #201 – 3060 Cedar Hill Road, Lekwungen Territories, Victoria, BC V8T 3J5
- 250-383-3232 (24 hour crisis line)
- Third floor, 818 Douglas Street, Victoria
- Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria
- 250-384-9133 ext. 204
- 1.866.999.1514 (BC only)
- toll free – 1.877.678.CAMP (1.877.678.2267)
Dr. Lucretia van den Berg (Endocrinologist; by referral only)
Victoria Pink Pages
Victoria Pride Society
Victoria Sexual Assault Centre
Victoria Sexual Assault Centre has highly qualified trauma specialists who provide services to individuals impacted by sexual assault and abuse. Primarily serves the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The Sexual Assault Centre is improving its capacity to support trans and gender-variant folks and has a part-time Trans* Inclusion Coordinator. The Centre is offering a new group for survivors of sexualized violence who are Trans, Two-Spirit, Non-Binary, Genderqueer, or Gender Diverse survivors. For more information, contact Barb Peck at 250-383-5545, extension 110 or email her at email@example.com
Victoria Youth Clinic
The Victoria Youth Clinic provides peer support counselling and resource assistance for trans and non-binary youth from ages 12-24. It provides access to doctors, nurses, counsellors, psychiatrists and outreach workers. Drop in or call and ask to meet with Lux.
Westshore LGBTQ2+ Drop-In
Youth-led drop-in group for ages 11-18 that resumed meeting October 10, 2018. Supported by Westshore Parks and Recreation. Meets Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Center across the street from Spencer Middle School. Video games, arts and crafts, and a grassy area for youth to “chill.” For more information, please email
Youth Care Homes
Offers programs for male, female and transgender youth aged 15- 21 needing Supportive Recovery from problematic substance misuse and Turning Point Program supports youth experiencing issues of Sexual Exploitation.
British Columbia Resources
Trans Care BC (Provincial Health Services Authority)
Trans Care BC was established as a program of PHSA in fall 2015 following community engagement, and input from clinical experts and stakeholders from transgender communities.BC is the first and only province in Canada to create a provincial system to support transgender health. The program supports the delivery of equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for transgender and gender-diverse people across BC. Trans Care BC is working closely with partners and stakeholders – including transgender communities, regional health authorities and the Ministry of Health – to the develop of a comprehensive provincial network of services.Trans Care BC’s care coordination team helps connect people in BC to gender-affirming health and wellness supports. Based out of Vancouver, the small team includes health navigators, nurses, peers, and admin support staff. The team has access to the medical director (GP) for consultation as needed.The team works alongside service providers and community contacts from across the province to help people find care and support as close to home as possible.
British Columbia LGBT End of Life Conversations
Trans Rights BC
Legally reviewed human rights information on Public Spaces/Services, Education, Housing, Employment, Healthcare, Harassment & Violence, Parenting, Police & Prison System, Immigration & Refugee Issues, and Sex Work.
A social justice summer camp for queer, trans, Two-Spirit, questioning, and allied youth ages 14-21 from across BC or the Yukon.CampOUT! provides a supportive space for LGBTQ2S+ youth to celebrate and be celebrated for who they are.
The Davie Village