Charities in this fund address the mental and physical health challenges of the LGBTQ+ community, from protecting people from persecution, providing health services, and promoting an inclusive community.
The 519 provides support and services to the evolving needs of the LGBTQ+ community in Toronto. They provide services like counselling, refugee support, and trans programming. Last year, 1,947 refugees and newcomers received one-on-one settlement support and 107 homeless youths were successfully housed.www.the519.org
Rainbow Railroad provides the global LGBTQ+ community with information and resources on seeking asylum in Canada. Once they arrive, they are connected with other organizations and resources to help them settle and transition to life in Canada. In 2020, they helped 503 individuals facing persecution and violence. Since January 2021, they have received over 2,500 requests for help.www.rainbowrailroad.com
LGBT Youth Line supports LGBTQ+ youth in need by connecting them with LGBTQ+ volunteers. Through live chat, calls, and text, they address isolation and lack of information in the LGBTQ+ community. Last year, the Youth Line supported 4,721 youths with issues such as relationships with family and peers, questioning gender and sexuality, coming out, bullying, and isolation.www.youthline.ca
Project 10 works to promote the personal, social, sexual and mental well-being of 2SLGBTQ+ youth and young adults. Last year, they distributed over 1,000 safe sex and safe injection items, served over 200 meals, and conducted over 140 individual harm reduction appointments.p10.qc.ca
Rainbow Resource Centre, based in Winnipeg, provides support, education, and resources to foster a proud, resilient, and diverse 2SLGBTQ+ community. Last year, they provided workplace and school workshops that reached over 2,000 people. During the pandemic, they pivoted many of their programs to ensuring that families have food and basic items, as well as providing support over the phone.www.rainbowresourcecentre.org
The Pride Centre of Edmonton responds to the needs of people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. They provide youth and senior specific programming as well as newcomer community support. Last year, they supported over 20 refugee claimants.pridecentreofedmonton.ca