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British Columbia: Support Groups

Support groups bring together people facing similar issues, and offer a different dynamic than online support. Support groups offer help from people outside your immediate circle and can make you feel less isolated as you make connections with others facing similar challenges. Benefits of participating in support groups may include:

  • Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
  • Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
  • Improving your coping skills and sense of adjustment
  • Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
  • Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
  • Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation
  • Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
  • Comparing notes about resources, such as doctors and alternative options

Source: Mayo Clinic


Vancouver

Trans Youth Drop-In (THIP)
Fridays (except last one each month) 6:30-8:30pm Recreation and good snacks for trans youth and loved ones, 13 – 24 years old.
Where: 1661 Napier St., Vancouver (Britannia Community Center – Seniors Lounge)
When: Group goes on a community outing on the last Friday of each month.
For info: 604-734-1514 or transyouthdropin@vch.ca
NOTE: no registration required

Trans Taking Care of Business aka TTCB (THIP)
Trans-identified Sex Worker Group A weekly Drop-In group; good food, good info, good support. Safe, Confidential.
When: Mondays 5-7 pm
For location & info: contact April at 604-734-1514 x4 or transhealth@vch.ca

Trans Partners Support Group (QMUNITY)
Monthly support group for partners of trans and gender non-conforming people.
When: The group meets 7-9pm at on the 3rd Tuesday of every month (except for holiday break times in December, July, and August).
Where: 610 – 1033 Davie Street (Wheelchair accessible; Buzz 610 for Entry)
For info: For more information, please contact transpartners@qmunity.ca or 604 684 5307 ext. 112

Sex Reassignment Surgery/Gender Affirming Surgery Resource (QMUNITY)
A peer-facilitated group for people who have undergone gender affirming surgery and people who are preparing to undergo gender affirming surgery.
When: Meetings are 7-9pm on the second Wednesday of each month at 1170 Bute St, Vancouver (Not currently wheelchair accessible). Please note that in October and November 2013, the group will meet at 610-1033 Davie St (Wheelchair accessible; Buzz 610 for entry.)
For info: please contact srsr@qmunity.ca or 604-684-5307 ext. 112

FTM ETC
FTM peer-run discussion/support group for anyone assigned female at birth, who is either questioning their gender identity, or identifies some or all the time as male. Anyone on the FTM spectrum welcome, regardless of what stage. Wheelchair-accessible.
When: 3rd Sat. of the month, 1-3 pm.
For Info and Where: Lukas W: ph/txt: 604-996-8169, bcftmnetwork@hotmail.com

Surrey Youth Alliance
A drop-in support group for LGBT, two-spirited, queer, and questioning straight youth between the ages of 14 and 21 in the Fraser Valley and surrounding area.
Where: The Newton Youth Resource Center at 13479 76 Ave, in Surrey, BC.
When: 6–8:30pm Wednesday evenings

Vancouver Island

Courtenay Peer Support/Discussion Group
A trans discussion group.
For location, when, and more information: Contact Roz rosalinhy@gmail.com

Victoria Peer Support/Discussion Drop-In Group
Open to trans-identified and anyone exploring their own gender identity issues. Opportunity to connect, share, discuss, and learn in a safe and supportive environment. For location, when, & more information: contact Robyn at rbnbrt@gmail.com or Amy at amerilia@gmail.com

Kamloops

Safe Spaces runs a weekly support group for trans youth up to 25 years of age. Individual support is also given to youth and adults as needed.
For Info: (250) 371-3086
sspaces@interiorcommunityservices.bc.ca

Trans/Gender Queer Social Support Group
This is a support group for those who have the experience or identify as trans-Sexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersexed, gender queer, or anyone who fits on the gender spectrum. The group is for anyone 18 and older, and is based on a sliding scale of $0-$20.
For Info: Call Corey @ (250) 299-6250
Where: Blue Room, Student Union Building, Thompson Rivers University.
When: 6-7:30pm; 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month

Kootenay Region

Nelson: Trans Connect
Support and Resources for Trans/Gender Diverse People:

  • Trans 101 workshops for service providers, police, educators, mental health workers, etc.
  • Buddy System to connect rural trans folks with others.
  • Peer-support/social groups in Nelson and Cranbrook.
  • Resources and Referrals for Trans Folks living in rural communities.
  • Community Forums.

Info: Christopher Moore 250-354-5362
Website: http://www.kootenaytransgender.com
Facebook: Kootenay Trans Folk

Northern BC

Prince George: Gender Outlines
GenderoutLines is a support, action, and discussion group for the transgender community in Prince George. GenderoutLines welcomes not only trans identified individuals but those who are questioning and their gender identity
Email: genderoutlines@gmail.com

Mailing Lists

Vanguys
Mailing list for trans men in Vancouver and elsewhere in BC. Running since 2001.

Vancouver Trans* Network
For trans, gender variant and questioning persons in the greater Vancouver area. To share info and build community.

Mid Island Trans
This group is for trans, gender variant, crossdressing, and questioning people in Nanaimo and the Central Vancouver Island area.