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Local Support Groups
For Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Persons

General

Every gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered (GLBT) person knows what it is to be persecuted, rejected and feeling all alone in the world. For this reason GLBTs have formed mutual support groups around the world to help and support each other. The following suggestions are offered by Integrity/Toronto as initial contacts where GLBT persons and their family, friends and pastors might turn for support, help and advice.

Church Groups

Within the Anglican Church of Canada we have the following support agencies:

PFLAG

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is an international organization of volunteers that promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through support and education. A list of the over 30 PFLAG chapters in Canada is on their website. We can recommend these local chapters as a very supportive group of caring people. The national web site for PFLAG Canada at www.pflag.ca has many support resources, discussion forums, links to other web sites (which they carefully screen) as well as an up to date listing of their chapters.

Other Support Resources

While Integrity/Toronto would recommend that your first contact for support and advice should by preference be either a church group or a local PFLAG chapter, this may not be possible in all cases. As we indicated, there are many GLBT support groups in Canada. To the best of our knowledge each of these groups is very protective of the confidentiality of all contacts and very supportive of young people inquiring about their own sexuality. While some caution should be exercised in approaching these other groups, we offer the following suggestions.

Rainbow!


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