Youth Services

We now have groups in Chatham, Leamington, and Windsor for LGBTQ+ Youth.

These groups are a safe and affirming social and support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, 2-spirit, pansexual, asexual (LGBTQ+) and allied youth. We are primarily a social group with games, arts and crafts, and fun activities. We promote the health and wellbeing, and empowerment of LGBTQ+ youth in Windsor-Essex. We believe in the strengths and assets of LGBTQ+ young people and encourage youth to gain leadership skills and contribute to both the LGBTQ+ community and the larger Windsor-Essex and Chatham Kent communities.

For ages 11-25. We meet on the first and third Thursday of every month from 6-8pm at the ACCESS Open Minds – 140 King St. W Chatham.

For ages 11-25. We meet EVERY Wednesday from 4-5:45pm at Windsor Essex Community Health Centre- Leamington Office, 33 Princess St. Suite 450 Leamington.

For ages 11-24. We meet EVERY Monday from 4-5:30pm at Windsor Essex Community Health Centre – Teen Health, 1361 Ouellette Ave. Windsor.

If you are nervous or scared to come to any of the groups and would like a tour of the facilities or to meet with the facilitators prior please contact Steff Armstrong at sarmstrong@aidswindsor.org or 519-973-0222 ext. 117.

“Young and Proud has changed my life for the better” – Chris

This video depicts the story of a transgender youth in our community, his story is similar to those of many other LGBTQ+ youth. The LGBTQ+ Youth Groups are here to offer support and resources to youth like Alex in hopes of changing the typical LGBTQ+ youth’s story. The following video may be triggering for some audiences. If you feel triggered and need to talk to someone please see the resources listed below.

Transitioning Families

We understand that being a parent, guardian or family member of an LGBTQ+ youth can be challenging at times. Transitioning Families is our newest program and is a closed 6 week group for guardians and parents of trans* youth. It runs both in Windsor and Chatham. Throughout the 6 weeks we will talk about language and terminology, medical, legal and social transition, coping strategies, and communication.

For more information about the group or to register call (519) 973-0222 ext: 117 or email educationoutreach@aidswindsor.org.

If you feel a youth group is not for you, or maybe are uncomfortable in a group setting you can always call the Lesbian Gay Bi Youth Line at 1-800-268-YOUTH (1-800-268-9688) toll free from anywhere in Ontario.

Another great resource for education and support is Rainbow Health Ontario. This is a province-wide program designed to improve access to services and to promote the health of Ontario’s LGBTQ communities. To learn more, please visit Rainbow Health Ontario.

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