ALBERTA GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE NETWORK
Alberta GSA is the Alberta chapter of the GSA network of student-run groups that provides a safe place for any and all students to meet and learn about all different orientations, to support each other while working together to end homophobia, and to raise awareness and promote equality for all human beings.
BULLY FREE ALBERTA
If you’re a victim of bullying or abuse, call trained staff at any time of day, or chat online from noon to 8pm. Online chats and calls to the helpline are anonymous.
Phone: 1-888-456-2323 (Toll Free)
BELOW THE BELT MEN’S PROJECT
Below the Belt is a support and services for males involved in the sex trade.
Drop-in: Tuesdays, 6pm-9pm
Address: #103, 11745 Jasper Ave
THE CELLAR YOUTH CENTRE
The Cellar is an all-inclusive community youth centre that is open to youth ranging from grade six to grade 12, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3pm-5pm. Every Friday we also provide a nutritious meal from 5pm-6pm. We’re all about community at The Cellar, so we’ll likely invite you in the kitchen to lend a hand or learn a few things! The Cellar offers a variety of free programming such as field trips to various hot-spots around Alberta (and occasionally BC), free mentoring, art projects, games and entertainment of all sorts, and so much more. The Cellar is considered a "Safe Space" and all youth are welcome, regardless of beliefs or backgrounds. We’re here to offer holistic care for your ever-changing lives and circumstances.
"The Cellar is my family. I come here to belong."
-Kristy, Cellar Youth
Address: 13407-97 St
COMPASS CENTRE FOR SEXUAL WELLNESS
Counselling, sexual health education, and referral based service open to youth who have questions about their sexuality and/or sexual health.
Address: #703, 10050 112 St, Edmonton, AB T5K 2J1
THE CHEW PROJECT: COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH EDUCATION WORKERS’ PROJECT
The CHEW Project, which operates out of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, University of Alberta, provides sexual, mental, physical, and social health education and outreach to SGM (sexual and gender minority) youth, with special focus on MSM (males who have sex with males) and trans-spectrum (transgender and gender nonconforming) youth. Through empowerment, knowledge and skill building, and mentoring, CHEW provides youth opportunities to increase awareness and insight into their overall health. Our goal is to use holistic and inclusive approaches to provide youth avenues to grow into resilience as happy, healthy, and hopeful persons. Key emphases include HIV and STI awareness, harm reduction, and prevention; addressing risk behaviours; gender and sexual identity development; coming out, suicide ideation, body image, and depression; and testing and sex positivity.
DROP-IN SINGLE SESSION COUNSELLING
FREE professional, private and confidential counselling to individuals, partners and families. Our single session model takes about hone hour and our qualified team can assist with a wide range of issues, such as:
- Relationship/Family Issues
- Stress, anxiety and depression
- Grief and loss
- LGBTQ (including transgender specific)
- Addiction and mental health
- Refugee and newcomer issues
We have seven locations to serve you:
- Pride Centre of Edmonton
- Canadian Mental Health Association - Edmonton Region
- The Family Centre of Northern Alberta
- Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE)
- Boys & Girls Club Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area - Kinsmen Club
- Boys & Girls Club Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area - West Club
- Edmonton John Howard Society
Visit our website or call for locations, times, and dates:
EDMONTON MEN’S HEALTH COLLECTIVE (EMHC)
The Edmonton Men’s Health Collective is a local, grassroots health organization run for and by gay, bisexual, trans and queer (GBTQ) men.
Address: 9213 99 St NW Edmonton, AB T6E 3W1
EDMONTON POLICE SERVICE SEXUAL MINORITIES LIAISON COMMITTEE
The Edmonton Police Service Sexual Minorities Liaison Committee can support you while you report a crime and help you receive professional and non judgmental police service and support. They also advocate for the inclusion of the sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ) community in all aspects of the Edmonton Police Service. All inquiries are completely confidential and your information will not be shared with the police service without your explicit permission.
EDMONTON PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD
EPSB is proud of its work to support our sexual and gender minority students, staff, and community members through our policies, regulations, and ongoing opportunities for meaningful engagement. This support includes: guidance in supporting Gay/Queer-Straight Alliances, initiation of a Safe Contact program; presentations to staff and parent councils; participation in events such as Pink Shirt Day, Edmonton Pride Festival, and the Provincial GSA Conference; connections to complementary agencies; referrals to outside networks; one-on-one consultations for emergent situations; and more. Students can access EPSB’s resources by contacting Kerry Maguire, Amanda Barrett, your school’s Safe Contact, GSA/QSA Advisors, or your guidance counsellors.
THE FAMILY CENTRE
The Family Centre supports families and individuals of all ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, and cultures. The Family Centre works with youth and families in schools and communities. To find our more information, visit the website.
Address: #20, 9912 106 St
Phone number: 587-410-5757
FYREFLY IN SCHOOLS
An educational initiative developed to help reduce discrimination against sexual and gender minority youth, increase awareness of the impacts of homo/bi/transphobia, and equip students with the tools they need to become effective allies for diversity, equity, and human rights within their schools and communities. Sessions are free and we are always recruiting new youth volunteers.
Myth... You can get HIV by kissing. Busted! Contact through kissing is not a risk of transmission of HIV. If you have other questions or concerns about HIV or how HIV is transmitted, please contact us. We offer one on one services, referrals to medical support, needle exchange, education, and treatment information. Practice safer sex, condomize, educate yourself and challenge stigma and discrimination! We can go to zero. Zero new HIV infections, zero stigma and discrimination, and zero AIDS related deaths.
Address: 9702 111 Ave
Toll Free: 1-877-388-5742
INCLUSIVE COUNSELLING & CONSULTING PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, INC. (ICC PSYCH)
ICC Psych provides individual therapy (for children, youth, adults, and seniors), couples therapy, and family therapy. We specialize in supporting sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ) children, youth and families. Our fees reflect the outlined fee scheduled produced by the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (www.psychologistsassocation.ab.ca). Please contact us directly to inquire about our fees. We cover the following range of counselling issues:
- Addictions (substance abuse & gambling)
- Anxiety, depression, and stress
- ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
- Behavioural interventions
- Bereavement, grief, and loss
- Brain injury and developmental disorders
- Family Systems
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning disabilities
- Parenting supports
- Relationship issues
- Sexuality and gender (LGBTQ)
- Transgender supports
Address: #204, 10339 124 St Edmonton, AB T5N 3W1
ISMSS (INSTITUTE FOR SEXUAL MINORITY STUDIES AND SERVICES)
PROVINCIAL GSA CONFERENCE
An educational conference for students and teachers in Alberta who have a GSA/QSA or are interested in starting one in their school. The conference aims to connect, educate, and inspire students and educators to contribute to inclusive, respectful, and safer environments within K-12 schools. The conference alternates each year between Edmonton and Calgary, and is normally held in the third week of November as part of the Province’s Bullying Prevention Awareness Week
EDMONTON GSA ROUNDTABLE
A monthly meeting hosted by iSMSS for students and teachers (K-12) who have a GSA/QSA or who are interested in starting one. The meetings involve various arts-based activities, tips for sustaining GSA;s, presentations from community groups, resource-sharing, and group discussions regarding how to plan events and run meetings. Free pizza and snacks included!
Date: Third Tuesday of every month of the school year (September-June)
Location: Pride Centre of Edmonton
Facebook group: www.facebook.come/groups.AlbertaGSANetwork/
Phone: 780-492-0766 (iSMSS Main Office)
KIDS HELP PHONE
Anonymous, confidential and on-judgemental phone/web counselling available 24/7. For ages 20 and under. They also have a free smart phone app called "Always There."
Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (Toll Free)
THE LANDING SOCIETY FOR GENDER AND SEXUAL DIVERSITY
A service at the University of Alberta offering support for gender and sexual diversity, striving to promote gender equity on a broad scale, and advocating for the safety and acceptance of individuals of all genders and sexualities in campus life. Services include weekly drop-in hours open from September through April (Mondays to Thursdays, 10 am-4 pm), a resource/referral library and a variety of scheduled peer support programs. All services are free of charge and open to the public unless otherwise specified.
Address: 0-68A Lower Level, Students’ Union Building, University of Alberta
A monthly support group for parents, guardians, caregivers, friends and loved ones in the lives of sexual and gender minority children, youth and adults. PFLAG also supports those who are 18 years and older that identify as a sexual and/or gender minority.
Date: Last Wednesday of each month (no group in December)
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Spirit West United Church, 7003 - 199 St
Please note: Wheelchair accessible, free parking, must be at least 18 years or older.
PFLAG ST. ALBERT
Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Bellerose School
Address: 49 Giroux Road
PRIDE CENTRE OF EDMONTON
The Pride Centre offers a drop-in centre, information/resources, programming, an LGBTQ library, free counselling, internet access, outreach programs, and youth programs.
Address: 10618 105 Ave
OUTLOUD FOUNDATION FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY SUPPORTS AND SERVICES
A community group for LGBTQ or questioning youth aged 13-24 in St. Albert and area that meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month. We look to support our youth and connect them to each other and to those who support them in and around this community. Our group meetings are 2 hours long, with interactive games, activities, and team building skills to promote relationships and build self-esteem. No cost to the youth.
Address: 43 St Thomas Street, St Albert
SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTRE OF EDMONTON
Provides no fee counselling and supports individuals of all ages and genders who have been impacted by sexual violence. The Sexual Assault Centre also has a 24hr crisis line for people who have been impacted by sexual violence.
24 Hour Crisis Line: 780-423-4121
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS (STI) CLINIC
Provides free and confidential testing and treatment for STIs, HIV, and blood borne pathogens. Available to all ages 14 years and over. Alberta Health Care Insurance is not required. For testing, this service operates on a walk-in basis ONLY. Appointments are NOT booked for routine testing.
Address: Room 3B20, 11111 Jasper Ave
24 Hour STI/HIV Information Line: 1-800-772-2437 (Toll Free)
Hours of Operation:
- Monday: 8:30am - 5pm
- Tuesday: 9:45am - 5pm
- Wednesday: 8:30am - 6pm
- Thursday: 8:30am - 6pm
- Friday: 8:45am -5pm
THE SUPPORT NETWORK
One-on-one phone support is available 24 hours a day to discuss any crisis issues or concerns.
Address: #400, 10025 106 St
Phone: 780-482-HELP (4357)
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND SUPPORT SERVICES (YESS)
YESS provides residential services along with supports, resources, and referrals to youth from difficult realities. Youth between the ages of 15 to 21 are able to build a life and employable skills, access cultural and outreach services, and build safe and healthy relationships so they can advocate for themselves and move toward independence.
Address: 9310 82 Ave
Youthspace.ca is an online support network for youth (up to 30 years old). They offer emotional support and crisis intervention via Chat, Text, Email Counselling, and a Forum. The site is a non-judgmental space where you can voice your thoughts and get free, confidential support from a compassionate volunteer.