Victoria (Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Colwood, Langford, Highlands, Metchosin, Central Sannich, North Sannich, Sidney and Sooke)

 

​Affirming Connections South Vancouver Island

Facebook: (private group) https://www.facebook.com/groups/affirmingconnectionssvi

Description: A Facebook page where anyone can post Queer-friendly spiritual/faith oriented events, online or in person, to let everyone know what is being offered, in terms of specific events/times/ etc. as well as more general discussion.

Updated Aug 2021

AVI Health & Community Services

Website: http://avi.org/our-services/victoria

Emailinfo@avi.org

Toll free: 1-800-665-2437

Infoline: 1-800-665-2437

Address: 3rd Floor - Access Health Centre, 713 Johnson St., Victoria, BC V8W 1M8     

Phone: (250) 384-2366

Hours: Mon-Fri 10 am - 3 pm

Description: -Services for people living with HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C- Short-term counseling focused on immediate needs and outcomes; Advocacy and support with income assistance, health care services, employment, housing, disability status applications and legal matters; Non-judgmental education and support for treatment, side effects, nutrition and symptoms; HIV+, member-only program and space for peers to interact while enjoying refreshments and a hot, nutritious lunch (Open to folks who are HepC+ on Tuesdays); Weekly drop-in medical clinic; Public transportation ticket access; Referrals to other services.  

-Supports for Gay, Bi and Trans Identified Men- Group support; Outreach; Workshops.  

-Harm reduction services for people who use drugs- Daily Drop-in 3pm - 10pm; Overdose Prevention Room for safer drug use and rapid overdose response, daily 3pm - 9pm; Mobile Van (deliveries & used syringe pick-up from Sidney to Sooke); Wed-Fri noon - 4pm; Case management support (713 Outreach Team partnership with Island Health); Harm reduction supplies and support (peer support, counselling, referrals); Overdose prevention and response training, including take-home naloxone; Education for safer drug use and safer sex; Street Nurse clinics; Referral and assistance navigating social and health care systems; Outreach education for youth and prison populations; Educational and leadership development programming (Street College)  

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Address: #111-2787 Jacklin Road, Langford, BC, V9B 3X7

Phone: Clinic (250) 940-3605, Westshore/Sooke Mobile Harm Reduction Services (250) 360-6315.            

Hours: Health Centre - Monday 11 am – 6 pm, Tuesday 9 am – 5 pm, Wednesday 9 – 5 pm, Thursday 7 am – 5 pm.     Westshore/Sooke Mobile Harm Reduction Services - Monday- Friday 9 am – 5 pm.

Description: Low barrier, free treatment and support to people struggling with opiate addiction. Our nurse can provide STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing and treatment. One-minute HIV point of care screening tests are available. Our patients utilizing OST treatment or living with HIV can access blood tests, pap smears, immunizations and wound care.With a harm reduction focus we offer education, treatment and support for clients living with HCV and HIV. Condoms, information and counseling about diseases and STIs, prevention and management as well as safer drug use are also available. Educational materials promoting improved health, safer drug use, safer sex and more are available. Harm reduction supplies and information. Take home Naloxone trainings. Peer support groups and educational trainings.

Updated Aug 2021

Amazing Women of VLSCS

(Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society)

Websitehttps://vlscs.ca/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/VLSCS

Emailchair@vlscs.ca 

Description: Amazing women doing amazing things! VLSCS supports lesbian health and social needs as we age by providing safe, accessible, welcoming spaces to build a sense of community through public education and social action. Over 50 events per year—including movie, games, social and dance nights for lesbians, and special events for all women and everyone. All ages welcome. Advocating for lesbians and lesbian lifestyles since 1994.

Updated Aug 2021

 

Camosun College Student Society: Pride Collective

Website: http://camosunstudent.org/collectives/pride/

Email: pride@camosunstudent.org

Phone: (250) 370-3590        

Description: The Pride Collective is dedicated to providing and creating a safe and supportive environment for students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two-Spirited, Intersex, Agender/Asexual, or any of the other diverse members of the Pride community (LGBTQ2IA+) and their allies. Our lounge is open to all students regardless of gender or sexual identity or expression, the only requirement is to be respectful and considerate of the other users of the lounge.

Updated Sep 2021

Central Saanich United Church

Websitewww.centralsaanichunited.ca

Office email: officecsuc@shaw.ca

Minister email:  ministerscbbuc@shaw.ca

Address: 7i80 East Saanich Rd., Saanichton, V8M 1Y4

Hours: Services aim to resume Sept. 5 @ 10:15 am  - hopefully both in-person & online – our minister is on holiday just now.

Description: We are a progressive Christian community affirming that all people are sacred in God’s eyes.  We are committed to lovingly create a community where all people are welcomed to fully participate in all aspects of ministry, our life together and celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, age, various abilities & disabilities, spiritual beliefs, and ethnic or cultural background.  We will continue to live out diversity and social justice through our actions.

Updated Aug 2021

 

Creating Connections Victoria

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreatingConnectionsVictoria/

Description: Creating Connections is a common posting Facebook page for events (mainly queer) of interest to the IslandZ community

Updated Sep 2021

First Unitarian Church of Victoria

Website: http://victoriaunitarian.ca/

Email: churchoffice@victoriaunitarian.ca

Phone: (250) 744-2665

Address: 5575 W Saanich Rd, Victoria, BC, V9E 2G1        

Description: We are welcoming to people of all sexual orientations and gender expressions. We value and celebrate diversity. We endeavour to reflect the diversity of our society in our congregation, organizations and community. We strive to respect all people.

Updated Sep 2021

Gender Spectacular Family Support Group

Emailsupportgroup@genderspectacular.com

Facebook: We have a closed/secret facebook group for parents of Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender creative children and youth. No requirement to attend support sessions to join the facebook group. To join please email supportgroup@genderspectacular.com

Address: Please contact for address. Sessions held in Victoria region.

Description:

1) Support Sessions - 3rd Monday of the month, 7-9pm

What to expect: Connection and general support with other parents of trans children, youth, and young adults. Our group centres a peer-support model and is facilitated by trans community members and parents. We are currently providing a mixture of in-person and online meetings. 

Updated Aug 2021

Homospun Collective Events

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/27354130115/about

Description: A volunteer-run group that regularly puts on inclusive events in Victoria, BC, Coast Salish Territory for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, two-spirit, genderqueer, and questioning communities, as well as our friends, allies, and anyone interested in creating alternative spaces to meet, create, dance, relax, and make friends. We organize community celebrations, dances, movie nights, craft events, and gatherings of all kinds.

Updated Sep 2021

Island Lesbian Social

Website: https://www.meetup.com/Island-Lesbian-Social-30/

Description: Created so that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, two-spirited and intersex womyn can come together and connect in safe, supportive and fun environments. Our group is for Greater Victoria/ South Vancouver Island womyn wanting to enjoy the camaraderie and connection with other womyn. We're a meetup group, not a hookup group.

Updated Aug 2021

 

James Bay United Church

Website: https://www.jamesbayunited.com

Email: jbuchurch@gmail.com

Facebook: James Bay United Church

Phone: (250) 384-5821

Address: 511 Michigan Street, Victoria, BC. V8V 1S1

Description: We believe, as Christians, that humankind is created in the image of God, and refusing to celebrate LGBT*Q persons as part of creation means our image is imperfect and distorted. We understand the need for LGBT*Q persons to be fully included in every area within the life of the church so we become a Body that truly reflects all God is and all we were created to be.

Updated Aug 2021

Lesbian/Bi/Pan/Queer Women & Enbies, 20-40 of Victoria

Website: Private site https://www.meetup.com/Lesbian-Bi-Queer-Women-20-40-victoria/

Description: We are an inclusive group for all women (cis and transgender) and non-binary people in their twenties and thirties. We welcome singles, couples, and poly folk of all backgrounds who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual or queer in any way. Whether you are new to the city, recently out, or just looking to make friends—this group is for you. We aim to organize a variety of events including social get-togethers, pool nights, capture the flag, brunches, picnics, geocaching, movie night, hiking, biking, etc. and are open to more suggestions!

Updated Sep 2021

Men’s Wellness Program

Websitehttp://avi.org/mens-wellness
Facebook: (if any) https://www.facebook.com/MWPAVI

EmailMarshall.Kilduff@avi.org
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/MWPAVI
Address: 3rd Floor - Access Health Centre 713 Johnson St, Victoria BC V8W 1M8

Phone: 250-812-2670

Infoline: 250-384-2366
Hours: 10am-5:30pm Mon, Tues, Thurs

Contact name: Marshall Kilduff

Description: The Men's Wellness Program’s primary focus is to reduce HIV, STIs and stigma on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands amongst men that engage sexually with other men, cis, trans, and Two Spirit. We offer workshops, support groups, peer leadership training series, a yearly conference, testing opportunities, PrEP access, outreach, harm reduction supplies, hormone injection supplies, sexual health materials, and some one on one support and referrals.

Updated Sep 2021

 

Oak Bay United Church

Website: www.oakbayunitedchurch.ca

Email: admin@oakbayunitedchurch.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OakBayUnitedChurch

Hours: Worship & Song, every Sunday at 10am          

Phone: (250) 598-5021

Address: 1355 Mitchell Street, Victoria, BC V8S 4P9

Contact: Rev. Michelle Slater        

Description:  An affirming church: Regardless of age, culture, gender, marital status, orientation, the state of your bank book, or the state of your faith ~ you are beloved of God, and you are welcome just as you are.

Updated Aug 2021

PFLAG Victoria

Email: victoriabc@pflagcanada.ca

Hours: 3rd Sunday of each month (except July and August) at St. John the Divine at Quadra & Mason in Victoria BC, 2-4 pm

Phone: (250) 385-9462

Description: Offers peer-to-peer support striving to help all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Support, educate and provide resources to anyone with questions or concerns. Offer local, practical, and emotional peer-to-peer family support for individuals and their loved ones challenged by gender/sexual identity.

Updated Sep 2021

 

Prime Timers Victoria

Website: https://primetimersvictoria.weebly.com/

Email: primetimersvic@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/primetimersvictoria/

Address:  c/o 301-1157 Fairfield Rd., Victoria, BC, V8V 3A9

Contact: Lawrence G.          

Description: Prime Timers are gay or bisexual men who enrich their social lives, engage in diverse activities, and enjoy opportunities and friendships with other Prime Timers throughout the world.

Updated Sep 2021

Queer Outdoors - Victoria and Vancouver Island

Facebook: Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/lgbtq.outdoors.victoria.bc/

Description: A group for LGBT2Q+ people and friends on VANCOUVER ISLAND who are into exploring the outdoors.

Updated Sep 2021

 

Queerabilities

Websitehttp://avi.org 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Queerabilitiesvic

EmailMarshall.Kilduff@avi.org
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Queerabilitiesvic
Address: Currently virtual

Phone: 250-812-2670

Infoline: 250-384-2366
Hours: Ever Monday 3-5pm, and second Thursday of the month, 7-9pm

Contact name: Marshall Kilduff

Description: Queerabilities Victoria is a lightly moderated weekly check-in for folks in the LGBTQ2S+ community who also live with mental and/or physical disability(ies)/chronic illness(es) and/or identify as disabled, regardless of formal or self diagnosis.

Updated Sep  2021

Queer Quills Writing Group

Facebook: Private group https://www.facebook.com/groups/QueerQuills/

Description: We are a queer (and allied) adult writing group that meets on unceded Coast Salish territory. 

We meet every last Friday of the month at Wild Coffee on Yates Street in the room up the stairs.

Updated Sep 2021

QVic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/qvicgroup/about/?ref=page_internal

Address: University of Victoria, Health and Wellness Centre          

Description: QVic is a space in residence for students of all sexual and gender identities. A drop-in social group where queer, trans, questioning/exploring folks, and folks working on their allyship can connect with one another, access resources, and hang out within a safer space!

Updated Sep 2021

South Island Gender Variant Drop In Group

Websitehttp://avi.org 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southislandGVDI

EmailMarshall.Kilduff@avi.org
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/southislandGVDI
Address: Currently virtual

Phone: 250-812-2670

Infoline: 250-384-2366
Hours: Last Thursday of the month, 6-8pm

Contact name: Marshall Kilduff

Description: A monthly drop-in space covering different topics and activities for the diverse array of trans, non-binary, genderqueer, Two Spirit, and otherwise gender variant individuals in the Southern Vancouver Island area.

Updated Sep 2021

Saint Aiden's United Church

Website: http://www.staidansunited.ca/about/

Email: office@staidansunited.com 

Office Hours: Mon -Thu, 10 – 3, Fri 11 - 4 (closed stats)

Phone: (250) 883-8387

Address: 3703 St. Aidan’s Street, Victoria, BC  V8P 2V7

Description: 

St. Aidan’s is an Affirming Ministry of the United Church of Canada situated in suburban Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. While the central act of the Christian community is worship, the Spirit moves through St. Aidan’s folks to all kinds of activities outside of worship! Our congregation is made up of individuals who have recognized the incredible love of God and from that love create, give and bless the lives of others. We commit to creating a community where all people, especially the marginalized, are welcomed and celebrated regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, age, mental or physical ability, gender, spiritual beliefs, ethnic or cultural background, marital status or economic circumstance.

Updated Sep 2021

The Anglican Church of St John the Divine

Websitehttps://www.stjohnthedivine.bc.ca

Emailadmin@stjohnthedivine.bc.ca

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/StJohnVicBC/

Twitterhttps://www.twitter.com/StJohnVicBC

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-noon

Phone: (250) 383-7169

Address: 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 2L5

Description: We are a community of affirmation. We affirm the God who is within us, around us, before and behind us and found in all creations. We affirm all people in whatever stage of life or way of being they are in, and celebrate all because of their age, gender, sexuality, colour, and background. We are committed to working to break down the barriers which we as human beings so easily put up between us, and are in a process of decolonizing, dismantling patriarchy, and addressing issues of structural and institutional injustice. We seek to give voice to and make space for movements for equality, social justice, healing, care of creation, support for any in need, and heed the call for our society to be guided by a commitment to care, share resources, and love one another. We affirm our shared spirit and connection of love and grace and recognize our part in healing and nurturing one another within community.

Updated Aug 2021

 

St. Matthias Victoria

Websitehttp://stmatthiasvictoria.ca/

Emailadmin@stmatthiasvictoria.ca

Office Hours: 9am-12pm Tuesday and Thursday.

Phone: (250) 598-2833. For pastoral care / emergencies call (250) 208-7296

Address: 600 Richmond Ave, Victoria, BC V8S 3Y7

Description: We are open and welcoming to all members of the LGBTQ2+ community and we desire to create an environment that supports and respects LGBTQ2+ people and their relationships, is respectful of all people, treats all people equally, and is non-judgmental. We do not judge people on their sexual orientation or their gender identity, but rather, we seek to affirm them in their self-identity. All are welcome here.

Updated Aug 2021

University of Victoria Students’ Society: UVic Pride Collective

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UvicPride/

Email: pride@uvic.ca

Phone: (250) 472-4393

Address: UVic Pride Centre, B010 Student Union Building. (3800 Finnerty Road), University of Victoria

Description: UVic Pride is an organization for all people who are queer, queer-positive, gender-variant and/or intersex. We strive to meet the needs of people who self-identify as queer (including but not limited to people who identify as Two Spirit, bisexual, lesbian. The Pride Collective is a constituency group of the University of Victoria Students’ Society mandated to represent, advocate for, and provide services to UVic students and the community. 

Updated Sept 2021

Victoria Pride Society

Website: https://victoriapridesociety.org/about/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaPrideSociety

Description: Victoria Pride is a not-for-profit organization of volunteers that is dedicated to supporting Greater Victoria’s LGBTQ2+ communities. VPS creates opportunities for visibility, collaboration, ongoing conversations and celebration as we work towards equality for all people of diverse gender and sexual identities.

Updated Sept 2021

Victoria Poly 101

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicpoly101/

Email: victoriapoly101@gmail.com

Address: 426 Montreal Street, Victoria, BC

Description: Join by request. Discussion-based group in Victoria, Canada, on the concept of polyamory and what it means to love more than one person ethically and openly.

Updated Sept 2021

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

Website: http://vsac.ca/

Email: crisisline@vsac.ca, info@vsac.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Victoria-Sexual-Assault-Centre-70607487560/

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9am–5pm

Phone: (250) 383-3232 (24 hour intake, information, and crisis line)

(250) 383-5545 (Business Line)

Address: #201 – 3060 Cedar Hill Road, Victoria, BC V8T 3J5

Description: Provide free to sliding-scale services for individuals impacted by sexual assault and abuse. Includes individual and group counselling, victim service support, and prevention education. Primarily serves the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre (VSAC) strongly believes that in order to truly work to end gender based violence you must include all people affected by it. To reflect this belief, all of our services are open to all Trans, Two-Spirit, and Gender Diverse survivors of sexualized violence. This explicitly includes all Trans women/Transfeminine survivors, all Trans men/Transmasculine survivors, all Two-Spirit survivors, and all other Gender Diverse survivors.

Updated Sept 2021