HEALTH & WELLNESS

SUPPORT / SOCIAL GROUPS

LGBT+ people of Windsor-Essex are well-represented by an array of support and social groups and here we hope to provide details of some of them. The groups featured here offer support, social activities, and opportunities for LGBT+ people to connect.

LGBT+ support and social groups can help someone dealing with issues anywhere along a continuum - from the point where they are questioning their sexuality through dealing with the challenges of possibly coming out at work, struggling with relationship issues or simply meeting other LGBT+ members for social interaction. Support groups for LGBT people often do this through peer support. This means that support groups are led by other LGBT people and not necessarily professionals. This allows LGBT people to support each other through life's challenges. Some LGBT support and social groups may also be run by professionals. This might include a professional group facilitator or even a mental health professional. 

LGBT+ support and social groups offer advantages for LGBT people:

  • Help in coming out.

  • Social networking with others in the LGBT+ community.

  • Help in dealing with interpersonal, religious or family rejection.

  • LGBT+ resources.

  • Help with workplace or school challenges.

  • Dealing with internalized homophobia.

  • Finding others "just like you".

  • Help with homosexuality and mental health issues.

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest

536 Pelissier Street 
Windsor, ONT, N9A 4L1 
Phone: 226-348-3378   
www.wepridefest.com

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest strives to strengthen the sense of community and contribute to the vibrancy, health and overall well-being of LGBTTIQ persons in WindsorEssex. Raising awareness of ongoing issues facing the LGBTTIQ community including youth suicide,  discrimination & bullying. Windsor-Essex Pride Fest as an organization is more than just a festival, it empowers individuals to reach out to each other and facilitates opportunities for connection and belonging through age-specific activities or initiatives, peer-facilitated groups and special events and will address social isolation and create a social environment that is more accommodating, resilient and connected to the broader LGBTTQIA community in Windsor-Essex. 

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Gaymes Night

Windsor Sandwich Shop

1311 Tecumseh Road East Windsor, ONT, N8W 1B9 

www.wepridefest.com

A LGBTTIQ2S+ and allies group in the Windsor who love to game! We are an all-inclusive group and friends are more than welcome. Laugh and bond with us over some friendly competition! You are sure to have a great night and meet a few new people!

Are you and LGBT+ or ally in Windsor who love to game? We are an all-inclusive group and friends are more than welcome. Laugh and bond with us over some friendly competition! You are sure to have a great night and meet a few new people!Featuring over 75 different board games to choose from. From old favorites like Scrabble, Monopoly, or Yahtzee to quirky up-and-comers like Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, or Exploding Kittens. GAYMES Night is an LGBT+ friendly gathering for people who enjoy playing games and socializing and meeting new people. This event is FREE and open to anyone and everyone, so grab a friend and get ready for some intense board game action. The event/initiative is part fo the QConnect Program of the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and in partnership with The Sandwich Shop.

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Gay Straight Alliances (GSA)

A GSA is a student-run group that provides a safe place for any and all students to meet and learn about all different orientations, to support each other while working together to end homophobia, and to raise awareness and promote equality for all human beings. In addition to being a group dedicated to support, it also strives to educate the surrounding areas and the community on different gender and equality issues.

For a listing of local GSA programs, please visit our GSA section here

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Gender Journeys

2475 McDougall, Suite 245
Windsor, ONT, N8X 3N9 
Phone: 519-250-5656 
www.windsorfht.ca

Exploring gender identities, transgendermyths & stereotypes, transphobia, relationships, labels, health & well-being,finding support, trans communities & resources.

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LGBT+ Youth Group

1361 Ouellette Avenue 
Windsor, ONT, N8X 1J6 
Phone: 519-973-0222 
www.aidswindsor.org

These groups are facilitated by a team of professionals from the community, that strive to create a safe environment in which youth can explore and express their interests and needs in an atmosphere where they are supported and respected for their contributions and unique individual differences. Every week looks different from the next. Some weeks we play games, other weeks we do arts and crafts, watch movies, or sit and talk about our weeks. Whether you’ re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, two-spirited, queer or questioning, YOU ARE WELCOME!!!! There is no need to call ahead. Just come with a smile and an open mind.

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LGBT Youth Line

Phone: 1-800-268-9688 
www.youthline.ca

Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through our telephone, text and chat services. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM.

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Revive Wellness Sessions

HNM Dance 
1641 Ouellette Ave 
Windsor, ONT N8X 1K9 
www.wepridefest.com

These hybrid wellness sessions are designed to benefit everyBODY and beginners are always welcome! FREE event In one hour you get to experience the best of pilates, yoga, and meditation in a fun, friendly studio at HNM Dance Centre. Desirable side effects from participating in these weekly classes are stronger core, toner physique, greater balance, more flexible, refined posture; it also helps to improve sleep, increase energy, stabilize blood pressure, enhance circulation, boost metabolism –– an overall improvement in your physical health and personal wellbeing. Join us every Thursday at 5:30pm on a fitness journey to a better quality of life... together!

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Spectrum Alliance

St. Clair College 
2000 Talbot Road West 
Windsor, Ontario, 
http://stclairgsa.weebly.com

The Spectrum+ Alliance is a student organization that works to make St Clair College safe for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We embrace all students. We intend to spread the message of equality to our college and our community. Our goal is to open the eyes of our fellow students, friends and neighbors to the issues that are plaguing the LGBTQIA+ community in the hopes of teaching them tolerance. We will do this with civility and respect for those around us through demonstrations and events that our group organizes.

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Windsor-Essex Pride Fest 
536 Pelissier Street 
Windsor, ON, N9A 4L1 
1-833-938-7267 
www.wetransupport.ca

A peer facilitated social support group for partners, friends, families, and allies of the trans community.  The focus of this group is to support each other as we support those in our lives that  are in transition.  This group currently meets twice a month on alternating Sundays at the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest office.

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T Party

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest 
536 Pelissier Street 
Windsor, ON, N9A 4L1 
1-833-938-7267 
www.wetransupport.ca

A once a month peer facilitated social event held one Saturday a month at varying locations.  The focus of this group is to reduce the number of Transgender individuals who are living in isolation. This program also provided clients a level of safety as they are accessing the community in a group.  Dates and locations are planned and posted 12 months in advance.

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