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We are all part of a diverse world with many cultures, religions, races and beliefs. Human sexuality is also diverse, and all sexual orientations and gender identities are normal. It is your right to identify your own sexual orientation and gender, just as it’s your right to identify your religion and beliefs.

However for some people, understanding personal sexual orientation and gender can be difficult. Aside from the personal challenges, there can be pressure from family, friends and society to act and feel a certain way. This can lead to other difficulties. For example, those trying to identify their gender and sexual orientation are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and other mental health challenges.

If you feel like this describes your life, you are not alone.  There are many support services in the community, here are a few for you to check out.

“The Gilbert Centre for Social and Support Services provides social and support services to empower, promote health, and celebrate the lives of people living with and affected by HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the individuals and families from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) communities. Their Gay Men’s Sexual Health Program includes individual support, social groups, and social events.”

You can chat privately and confidentially with a public health nurse (INFOnurseX) on www.Squirt.org , Monday to Friday from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Rainbow Health Ontario works to improve the health and well being of LGBTQ people in Ontario, and to increase access to competent and LGBTQ friendly health care services across the province.

Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through our telephone, text and chat services.

PFLAG Canada is Canada’s only national organization that offers peer-to-peer support striving to help all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

Gay Straight Alliances (GSA) are student-run and teacher supported, school-based groups that promote welcoming, caring, respectful safe and inclusive spaces for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and two-spirited) students and their allies.  

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) is a charitable not-for-profit community-based legal clinic that provides free legal assistance to people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in Ontario, Canada.

Once you have accepted your own sexual orientation and gender identity, you may want to share this news with others in your life.  For strategies to talk to people in your life or to support someone who is coming out take a look at some helpful hints from SexandU.ca

You can book an appointment in one of our health unit sexual health clinics

The George Clinic is a sexual health clinic for guys into guys. The clinic provides free, discreet, confidential and nonjudgmental services for gay, bisexual, two spirit, and heteroflexible guys (cis and trans). Trans includes two spirit, trans masculine, trans men, and all non-binary people. No health card or identification needed.

In Ontario, gay and bisexual men continue to be greatly affected by HIV and syphilis. Gay and bi guys represent the majority of people living with HIV and the majority of new syphilis cases. The Hassle Free clinic provides testing and clinics in Toronto & Sudbury.

Gay/Trans Parents or if your child is gay The Sherbourne Health Centre can provide information and support.

You can chat privately and confidentially with a public health nurse (INFOnurseX)
on Squirt.org, Monday to Friday from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

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