During the pandemic, until further notice, all peer groups will be held online. Below is a list of all the groups that are happening, when, and where they take place.
During the pandemic, we have transitioned many of our groups to be online over Zoom or Discord.
Kind Space Youth
Description: Kind Space Youth is a monitored 2SLGBTQIA+ Discord server to provide peer support, community care, resources recreation for youth and young adults in the Ottawa region, with friends from surrounding communities.
Description: QueerAmore aims to create a comfortable space to gather and talk about issues related to being bisexual, pansexual, bi-curious and questioning. QueerAmore takes a fresh look at the challenges, rewards and temptations of exploring and enjoying your sexuality.
We’ll have discussions on achieving healthy relationships based on positive communication, understanding bisexuality/pansexuality in today’s world, and participate in activities that foster openness and acceptance of sexuality. So even if you know who you are, or just figuring it out yourself, come chat about it with us.
When: 1st Thursday and 3rd Monday of the month.
Description: Gender Quest is a peer-led support group for those at any stage of transition. It is a group for sharing, learning, understanding, and socializing. This group provides a safer space, supporting diversity within the trans communities. All people identifying or have trans, transgender, transsexual experiences/histories and/or are gender-queer and/or are two spirit are welcome to attend.
When: 2nd Monday and last Wednesday of the month.
Description: Polybillities is an open forum for exploring relationship dynamics beyond the standard societal norms (i.e., monogamy). Whether experienced, exploring, questioning, or supporting, this group welcomes anyone willing to look at relationships “outside the box.” We discuss various options regarding sexual, emotional, romantic, and legal connections.
The pandemic has changed the way the community engages in life, love and relationships during this time. We can help each other get through these rough times and share our experiences and coping strategies as we go towards the future after the pandemic.
When: 4th Thursday of the month.
20 Something Group
Description: This is a gathering open to all 2SLGBTQ+ people between 20 – 29 looking to connect, chat, meet new people, make friends, and create community outside of bars and off campus. Future events will sometimes be at Kind or in different parts of the city! Join Meghan and others in their twenties still figuring this interesting world out.
When: 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month.
Kind Space is an intersectional space and acknowledges that being oppressed in one way does not absolve us of being oppressors in other ways. Hierarchies in our communities exist and must actively and continually be challenged.
Note: This list was augmented for virtual meetings.
Do this all (or most of) the time
- Introduce yourself to new people you meet
- If you feel comfortable you can introduce yourself with your name and pronoun
- Ask people if it is OK before making physical contact, especially if you do not know them
- Use the name and pronoun a person gives you
- Do not ask or question people’s gender or sexuality, especially in public spaces
- Take ownership of your words and actions and the effect they may have on others.
- If you are participating in a group for the first time, it is a good rule of thumb to listen and get an understanding of the dynamics and culture of the group
- Ask clarification questions around sensitive subjects with facilitators or staff
- Give people high fives, hugs and fist bumps if you are comfortable and the other person consents
- Do not give out your personal contact information, especially if you are a counsellor, placement student, or doing peer support work
Do not do this all the time
- Make assumptions about someone’s gender, sexuality, or relationship status/style
- Touch people or enter people’s personal space without their consent (online, too!)
- Mis-gendering someone (gender identity, expression, and perception can be tricky!), it happens, apologize, move on and do better – DO NOT DWELL OR APOLOGIZE PROFUSELY
I am not sure what you were thinking
- Continually disrespecting people, their wishes and/or boundaries
- Assault/abuse/harassment (sexual, physical, emotional, mental)
- Theft from service users, volunteers, staff, or Kind
- Intimidation or threats of violence against service users, volunteers, staff, or Kind