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Adventurous Women of London (AWOL)

AWOL is a safe social group, open to all women who enjoy horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, dining, live theatre & concerts, playing cards & so on. AWOL was established in 1990, has free membership, & publishes a monthly newsletter. Members & interested participants can view a photo gallery on the AWOL website of more than 25 years of group history. Contact Kathleen Holland for more information.

Anova

Anova (formerly Sexual Assault Centre London & Women’s Community House) provides sexual violence counselling for female-identified survivors over 15, a 24-hour helpline for all genders, emergency short-term shelters for women & their children experiencing abuse, violence prevention youth programming, second stage housing & transitional outreach services. We also offer assistance through the Family Court Support Program, the Community Group Program for Children, the New Beginnings Loan Fund (through the United Way) & Public Education.

Camp Wendake

Camp Wendake is a one week residential camp program for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, their families &/or support people. The camp is run & staffed exclusively by volunteers & accommodates 80 campers from across Ontario at a rustic & beautiful camp facility near Bayfield. We strive to honour diversity in age, gender, race, sexual orientation, ability, culture, spirituality & economic state.

Coming Out Over Coffee

Coming Out Over Coffee is a casual open discussion group for individuals over the age of 19 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, two-spirit, queer, or who are questioning; for those starting their journey to those who are out & about. Come join us for a discussion & support with other LGBT2Q+ folks every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month from 6:30pm - 8:00pm at Family Service Thames Valley. No registration necessary.

MORE INFO: FamilyServiceThamesValley.com | 519.433.0183 | 125 Woodward Avenue, London

Elgin St. Thomas Public Health (ESTPH)

ESTPH provides information & sexual health services to everyone in a safe & non-judgmental environment: smoking cessation counselling & support by appointment, rapid, anonymous HIV Testing, free condoms, female condoms & dental dams, free STI testing & treatment, low cost birth control, emergency contraception, free pregnancy testing & options counselling. Doctor led clinics every Wednesday evening by appointment; Drop-in hours on Mondays & Fridays 9am-4pm, Tuesdays 1pm-4pm, Wednesday 1pm-4pm & closed Thursdays. Come to ESTPH anytime Monday to Friday between 8:30am-4:30pm for free, anonymous Needle Exchange Program (NEP).

MORE INFO: ElginHealth.on.ca | 519.631.9900 | 1230 Talbot Street, St. Thomas

Five/Fourteen

An independent agency with established relationships & partnerships with existing social service agencies, the Government of Ontario, & university research centres, Five/Fourteen provides foster care services in family homes, & community integration support for youth in foster care who identify as LGBTQ2S or otherwise gender-independent. Five/Fourteen creates a path for our clients to move seamlessly from foster care to full independence with solid life skills & a supportive community.

MORE INFO: FiveFourteen.ca | 1.844.514.0514 | 3640 Wells Street, Windsor

Forest City Men's Group

Forest City Men’s Group provides a needed connection for gay, bi, & gay-positive men within the London & southwestern Ontario area. The intent is to cultivate friendships & male camaraderie through its online site & various social events as well as importantly providing gay male presence within the city. Dinners, coffee, Sunday brunches, walks, theatre, & other events are arranged by any of its members with an emphasis on respect & support for all.

Forest City Queerios

Forest City Queerios is a social group for queer folk in London, Ontario. This is a super inclusive group & a safe space! Our aim is to create a group that will help build the queer community in London by bringing people together for some awesome social events. So join us for pub nights, writing clubs, dinners, board game nights, festivals in the park, movie nights, potlucks & lots more!

John Gordon Home (A program of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection)

The Home with a Heart: John Gordon Home provides support to people living with HIV/AIDS & HCV (Hep C) who have immediate health care needs to realize positive health & wellness outcomes through the provision of Transitional Care; Respite Care; & End of Life Care.

MORE INFO: JohnGordonHome.ca | 519.433.3951 | 596 Pall Mall Street, London

LGBTQ2S Social Group

The aim of the group is to provide a safe positive space for the LGBTQ2S community & their allies. It’s an opportunity to meet together with like-minded people for company, information & activities every 3rd Thursday of the month at the West Elgin Community Health Centre, 153 Main Street, West Lorne. No registration necessary & open to all ages.

MORE INFO: WECHC.on.ca | 519.768.1715 | 153 Main Street, West Lorne

London & Area Rainbow Network (LARN)

Founded in 2009, LARN is a community-based collaborative that both responds to & advocates against all forms of social & institutional homophobia, biphobia & transphobia, & hate-motivated violence in our community. The members of the working group meet on a regular basis to share information, access support, & organize two annual community events to recognize the International Day Against Homophobia & Trans Day of Remembrance.

London Abused Women’s Centre (LAWC)

The London Abused Women’s Centre is a non-residential agency providing advocacy, counselling & support to abused, prostituted & trafficked women & girls over the age of 12 who live or work in London/Middlesex. Thanks to the Ministry of Community & Social Services & the generosity of Londoners, there is no charge to attend. The agency provides both individual services & groups. Abused, prostituted & trafficked women & girls are provided with immediate access to service.

MORE INFO: LAWC.on.ca | 519.432.2204 | 797 York Street, Unit 5, London

London Cross Cultural Learner Centre

The LCCLC is a multi-service support agency for newcomers. A community organization that exists to provide settlement services & support, while promoting intercultural awareness & understanding. Services offered: Community Connections, Client Support Services, Jeremiah's House for Government Sponsored Refugees, Joseph's House for Refugees, Job Search Workshops, Language & Referral Services, LGBTQ Newcomers Support Services & Social Group, Resettlement Assistance Program, Settlement Workers in Schools, Translation/Interpretation Services & Volunteer Opportunities.

MORE INFO: LCCLC.org | 519.432.1133 | 505 Dundas Street, London

London Intercommunity Health Centre - Health Services & Social Services

We provide health & social services to those who experience barriers to care, & foster the active participation of individuals & the community we serve. In addition to primary care, we offer community & social services that support: children & youth; people living with chronic illnesses/mental health concerns; people experiencing poverty & homelessness; newcomer seniors & women. All services are inclusive of LGBTQ2+ people. Contact us to learn more about our Trans Health Team!

MORE INFO: LIHC.on.ca | 519.660.0874 | 659 Dundas St. & 1355 Huron St., Unit 7, London

London Intercommunity Health Centre - Options Clinic

Options Clinic provides free, rapid & anonymous HIV Testing. No names or health cards are required, your privacy is protected & you receive results in a matter of minutes. In addition to the free rapid test, you also receive information, education & support from our non-judgmental counsellors. Many people find that they can talk openly about sexual & other risks if they know that their name will not be revealed.

MORE INFO: LIHC.on.ca/HIV-and-Hepatitis-C or 519.673.4427 | 659 Dundas Street, London

London Lesbian Film Festival

The festival is held every year here in London. This year we're celebrating 26 years of Lesbian & LGBTQ film! There are 3 days of films, a Friday night reception, a Saturday night dance, & a Sunday brunch. The London Lesbian Film festival is organized every year by the Reeling Spinsters... a diverse group of lesbian, bisexual & queer women who work hard all year long screening films, fundraising, advertising & putting on the festival. We run on 100% volunteer power. If you want to be involved give us a shout.

MORE INFO: LLFF.ca

London Middlesex Roller Derby

Roller derby is one of the world's fastest growing sports! In London, women & girls of all ages, shapes, & sizes can participate in a low-contact, low-cost, & low-commitment league with London Middlesex Roller Derby (LMRD) where the focus is on fun, fitness, & friendship. LMRD welcomes new junior skaters (ages 9-17) the first practice of every month. Be sure to email locojuniors@gmail.com so they have loaner gear ready for you! New Adult skaters (ages 18+) are always welcome to join too, & there is gear available to borrow.

LUSO Community Services

LUSO Community Services provides programs & services to children youth, families, & seniors from diverse backgrounds. We offer many free services such as: basic needs & community support, literacy programs for children, youth programs, settlement services, outreach & educational programs.

Nitty Gritty Group

The Nitty Gritty Group is a Gay & Lesbian Alcoholics Anonymous group that meets Monday nights at 7:00pm at St Johns the Evangelist Anglican Church. Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of people who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, nondenominational, multiracial, apolitical, & available almost everywhere. All are welcome.

MORE INFO: www.AALondon.org | St Johns the Evangelist Anglican Church, 280 St. James St. London

Open Closet (A Program of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection)

Open Closet (OC) is an award-winning program of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection that was started in 2002. Open Closet is a drop-in, social support group for youth between 14 & 18 years of age who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, two-spirit, queer & questioning, from the counties of Perth, Huron, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex & Oxford. Open Closet offers a safe space for youth to discuss relevant issues (such as: coming out to parents & friends, queer identities, LGBTT2Q+ history, safer sex, & healthy relationships) & access referrals to community services/resources. In addition, OC provides an opportunity for youth to build supportive social networks in a respectful, fun, & accepting environment. Held on Friday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00pm.

PFLAG Canada - London Chapter

PFLAG London is a chapter of the national charity organization PFLAG Canada. PFLAG London helps all persons within our reach who are struggling with issues of their sexual orientation, gender identity & gender expression. We also support, educate & provide resources to parents, families, friends, & colleagues with questions or concerns regarding these issues. PFLAG London offers monthly peer support meetings at the Middlesex London Health Unit (50 King Street) the third Monday of every month from 7:00 - 9:00pm.

MORE INFO: PFLAGCanada.ca | 1.888.530.6777 x300 (Toll Free) | London Chapter Director & Facilitator: Lori Ward - 519.686.7691

Pledge To End Bullying

The Pledge is a community-wide initiative that seeks to raise the public consciousness about bullying - in schools, at work & at home. Fighting racial, ethnic, religious & nationality-based discrimination is the only way to ensure everyone is guaranteed the same human rights. With the support of our caring individuals - in schools, businesses, non-profit organizations & the media - we can have an impact. It really doesn't take much to show kindness. Lend your voice. Take The Pledge & help bring an end to bullying! Learn it. Take it. Live it.

Pride Men’s Chorus London (PMCL)

Pride Men’s Chorus London celebrates the gifts of diversity & music in London. PMCL creates experiences through choral music that promote community, inclusiveness & excellence. We believe that music “levels the playing ground” for all of us. It heals, enlightens & fosters community. The choir is available to all men regardless or sexual orientation or gender identity. We are an initiative of Aeolian Hall. We celebrate those who came before us & fought so we can sing out loudly. Without their activism to create a country where all can be treated with equality & respect, this initiative would not be possible.

Rainbow Health Network

Rainbow Health Network (RHN) is a network of individuals committed to equity-based, community-based & anti-oppressions values in promoting health & wellness for persons & communities of diverse sexual orientations & gender identities RHN strives for representation of the full diversity of our communities, & commits to building coalitions & partnerships to achieve this goal.

Rainbow Health Ontario

Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) is a province-wide program that works to improve the health & well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual & Trans people in Ontario through education, research, outreach & public policy advocacy.

Rainbow Radio on CHRW 94.9FM

Rainbow Radio is London’s own LGBT-focused show. Show host R.A. offers listeners news on LGBT-related events while playing music from up & coming artists. Follow Rainbow Radio on Twitter @949RainbowRadio & like Rainbow Radio Network on Facebook. End your Monday right with Rainbow Radio on Monday nights from 10:00pm to 12:00am on Radio Western 94.9FM.

MORE INFO: www.CHRWRadio.ca

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC)

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) is a community-inspired organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals & diverse communities living with, at-risk for or affected by the challenges associated with HIV/AIDS & HCV. Through a harm reduction philosophy, RHAC creates an atmosphere of trust by respecting human dignity, which enables the people we serve to make informed choices. Our confidential & free services are available in various ways across our six county catchment area that includes London/Middlesex, Huron, Lambton, Elgin, Oxford, & Perth. The Regional HIV/AIDS Connection includes two sites: 186 King Street, Suite 30 & 596 Pall Mall St. (site of the John Gordon Home program, which offers transitional, respite & end of life care). Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @_RHAC.

MORE INFO: HIVAIDSConnection.ca | 519.434.1601 | 186 King Street, Suite 30, London

Regional Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Treatment Centre

Anyone can be a victim of physical or sexual assault. If you have been assaulted, go to a safe place & tell someone. Our team provides care at the time of the assault & in the months following the initial incident. We provide care for women, children, & men experiencing sexual assault &/or domestic violence living in Oxford, Elgin, & Middlesex counties.

MORE INFO: SJHC.London.on.ca/SexualAssault | 519.646.6100 x64224 | St. Joseph’s Health Care London (Room B0-644), 268 Grosvenor Street, London

QueerEvents.ca

Connecting the LGBT2Q+ community, one event at a time. We are your central portal for all local LGBT2Q+ events, resources & opportunities within London, Ontario & surrounding cities. Queer Events also creates opportunities for the queer community to come together with social events directed at connecting & supporting our queer community.

MORE INFO: QueerEvents.ca

The Clinic at the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU)

The Family Planning Clinic offers the following services: pap tests, low cost birth control, emergency contraception & free pregnancy tests. This clinic is appointment only & a health card is required. The Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinic offers the following services: free confidential testing, diagnosis & treatment of most STIs, counselling & referrals. This clinic is drop in & no health card is required. The Clinic also offers Naloxone & needle exchange.

MORE INFO: HealthUnit.com/Sexual-Health-Clinics | The Clinic: 519.663.5446 x3 | 50 King Street, London

Trans*London

Trans*London is a grass roots, community driven, social & networking support for the Transgender Community within London & region. We meet regularly (check our Facebook for dates, times & locations). We welcome anyone under the transgender umbrella, our allies & supporters. Come dressed or not: that you join in is important to you & us!

MORE INFO: On Facebook - Search: “TRANS*London”

YOU Belong Support Group

A social-support group, run by Youth Opportunities Unlimited, for youth 16-24 years old who identify within the LGBTQQ2SA+ spectrum, as well as their allies. Group meets Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:30pm at The Cornerstone Building, 332 Richmond Street.

MORE INFO: YOU.ca | 226.777.0116 | 332 Richmond Street, The Cornerstone Building, London

College & University Groups

Pride Library (Western University)

The mandate of the Pride Library is to acquire, preserve, organize, & give public access to information & materials by & about lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans & queer communities (LGBTQ). Housed in the D.B. Weldon Library at Western University, The Pride Library welcomes visitors from outside as well as inside the University gates. The Pride Library collection includes books, periodicals, videos, slides, & CDs, amounting to over 5,500 titles.

MORE INFO: UWO.ca/PrideLib | 519.661.2111 x85828 | The D.B. Weldon Library, Western

Positive Space Ally Program (Fanshawe College)

The Positive Space Ally Program at Fanshawe works to fulfill the Fanshawe Promise for LGBT2Q+ Staff & Allies: Educate & train Allies across the spectrum by offering informal lunch & learns, Engage the community in social events, Empower staff & students with knowledge regarding LGBT2Q+ history, & Excite our allies into embracing diversity in all its forms. By fulfilling the Fanshawe Promise, we hope to Unlock the Potential of the LGBT2Q+ community at Fanshawe.

OutLaw Western (Western University)

OutLaw Western provides a safe space for self-identified LGBTQ+ law students as well as anyone else who really just loves love. We get together to chat about LGBTQ+ issues on campus, in the London community, as well as in the legal world abroad.

MORE INFO: On Facebook - Search: “OutLaw Western”

PrideWestern (Western University)

PrideWestern is a support service for LGBTQ+ students run by the University Students' Council (USC) at Western University. It serves as a resource & support system for students with questions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, 2-Spirited, & Asexual (LGBTTQ2A) issues. The organization promotes awareness & advocacy on LGBTTQ2A issues brought about through a variety of programs, including discussion groups, social events, & awareness days.

Spectrum Fanshawe (Fanshawe College)

Spectrum Fanshawe is a social & advocacy group for LGBTQ2+ individuals at Fanshawe College. Our aim is to create a safe & positive space within the college for LGBTQ2+ students to meet & socialize with their peers, as well as to impact the college in a positive way. We provide a resource list & referral system for student use. Meetings are open to current Fanshawe College students & alumni, members within the community, as well as allies.

Women’s Issues Network (WIN) (Western University)

The Women's Issues Network is a USC service dedicated to recognizing, representing, & rectifying gender inequalities affecting Western students. WIN is committed to providing a space free from racism, sexism, & homophobia as well as providing an educational resource centre on woman's & gender issues.

The Get REAL Movement

Get REAL is a movement of university students across Canada who speak to high schools about unlearning LGBTQ discrimination & bullying, and the importance of embracing everyone. Get REAL started in February of 2011 with the aim of changing the face of what it means to be a young person who stands up against homophobia. Like Get REAL on Facebook & follow @GetREALUWO on Twitter.

Western EngiQueers (Western University)

Western EngiQueers is student run undergrad engineering club at Western University that promotes & celebrates diversity, specifically focusing on members of LGBTQ communities.

Religious Associations

Metropolitan Community Church

Metropolitan Community Church is a global organization with congregations in more than 25 countries. Founded in 1980, Metropolitan Community Church London is a predominantly LGBTQ congregation & spiritual resource, which welcomes people of all church backgrounds & none, for weekly religious service, social gathering, spiritual retreats & community action. We currently meet on Sunday evenings at 7.00pm. All are welcome & encouraged to join us.

MORE INFO: www.MCCLondon.com | 519.645.0744 | 482 Dundas Street, London

Unitarian Fellowship of London

We are a Unitarian-Universalist religious community that appreciates diversity, values intellectual curiosity, & seeks to honour & preserve the world & all its inhabitants. We are an open-minded, pluralistic group of free thinkers who support each other on our personal journeys for truth & meaning. We invite you to bring your whole self, your questions, your beliefs, your doubts & your loving heart. Worship Service/Children’s Program: Sundays at 10:45am

MORE INFO: UnitarianFellowshipLondon.org | 519.451.0424 | 557 Clarke Road, London

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