Trans Vancouver Island

Welcome
to Trans Vancouver Island

A resource and information site for transgender and gender diverse people and their allies on Vancouver Island

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. Please send suggestions for additional content or information updates to matthewheinz@ymail.com. I’m also glad to provide pro bono assistance in locating research, information, and resource referrals for Vancouver Island trans and gender diverse individuals and their families.

— matthew heinz, phd, http://www.royalroads.ca/people/matthew-heinz

Trans Care BC - Provincial Health Services AuthorityIn 2017-18, this site receives partial funding as a Trans Care BC Peer & Community Supports Project via the BC Provincial Health Services Authority.

This site does not endorse any organizations, services, or individuals listed here.

 

Updated 10 August 2018

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.

AIDS Vancouver Island Courtenay/Comox

AIDS Vancouver Island Campbell River

AIDS Vancouver Island Nanaimo

AIDS Vancouver Island West Shore/Langford

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!

Antidote

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.

Bailey Counselling Therapy

Vanessa A. Bailey. Registered nurse and registered clinical counsellor.

Otis Bell Holistic Bodywork

I am a transgender massage therapist, offering sliding scale massage to the trans and queer community in Victoria.

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.

BodyMindCounselling

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.

Brooks, Abby

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.

Camosun College Pride Centre

Kathleen Campbell (RMT), Registered Massage Therapy

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Gender Spectacular

A youth Drop in for trans, gender creative two-spirit or non- binary kids grade 7 and their families (siblings welcome!). Trans parents and families with children grade 7 and under also welcome. The drop in is a chance to meet and build community with other families. Games, activities, resources, coffee/tea and snacks provided. Every 2nd Friday of the Month, 5:30-7:30pm, except July and August.

Quadra Village Community Centre (901 Kings Rd, Victoria)

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.

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.

Dr. Ryan Herriot, MD

Family Physician.Trans-affirming, non-shaming primary health care. Hormone assessments and initiations.Accepting new patients.

Holistic Counselling

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.

Hormone Readiness Assessment

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.

June Jacob, RN/BSN/CDE/CPT, Pediatric Nurse Clinician

Pediatric Nurse Clinician for Endocrine Vancouver Island.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Onmyplanet.ca

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.

Marita Panton, RB/BSN/CDE/CPT, Pediatric Nurse Clinician

Pediatric Nurse Clinician for Endocrine Vancouver Island.

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 daphneshaed@yahoo.ca or YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/daphneshaed) or www.trannycyborg.com.

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

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. Contact Joan Hunting

PFLAG Victoria

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.

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.

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 Outdoors

Meets third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m., Victoria. Check Rainbow Health Cooperative website for location. Sponsored by Rainbow Health Co-operative.

Queerly Victoria

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.

QT2IPOC Dinners

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.

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.

Samuel Salvati

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.

Dr. Sharolyn Sloat, Psychologist (CPBC #1666)

South Vancouver Island Gender Variant Drop-In

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.

SpiritFirstCounseling at Comox

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.

2-Spirit, Trans and Non-Binary Family Swim:

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 lux.welsh@saanich.ca

Kate Steele Counselling, Victoria

“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
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

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.

Dr. Sue Stock, Pediatric Endocrinologist

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 Group for Parents and Families of Gender Diverse and Transgender Children and Youth

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 gendercreativetransvictoria@gmail.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 transarc@uvic.ca.

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 Transgender Tipping Point is a year-long series of writing retreats for a cohort of 30 diverse transgender youth from across British Columbia. Located in Victoria, BC, 100% of the writing workshops are facilitated by our team of 16 volunteers, all of who are transgender adult writers, artists, and activists. Our final writing retreat will be from 4-6 May 2018, after which we will submit a youth-authored book on contemporary young transgender life to a publisher. We anticipate the book’s publication in January, 2019.

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.

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.

Dr. Lucretia van den Berg (Endocrinologist; by referral only)

Vic Genderqueers

Email list for genderqueers of Victoria and area.

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. The group starts October 18, 2017. For more information, contact Barb Peck at 250-383-5545, extension 110 or email her at barbp@vsac.ca

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.

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

TransRights 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.

CampOutBC

A leadership for social change camp for queer, trans, Two-Spirit, and allied youth ages 14-21 from BC or the Yukon.

The Davie Village

 updated 10 August 2018