What we're about
Founded in 1984, Kind gives people in Ottawa’s queer communities personal and peer support, as well as a physical space for people to understand and inhabit their particular identities with confidence and courage. Kind provides anyone on the human sexuality and gender spectrum with resources, information and support.
Programs, events and initiatives include counselling services, youth outreach initiatives, and peer led discussion/support groups. Peer-led groups Kind runs include: Queer trans youth, Café Q, High School Student Alliance, The Men’s Group, QPOC-IT, Polybilities, Biamore, Genderquest, Ace/Aro Spectrum. Kind also hosts events each month that allow fluffy felines in the Kind lounge with coffee, tea and cuddles.
Celebrating Self is Kind’s sliding-scale, community-based counselling service for LGBTTQ+ communities focusing on non-hetero-normative, and cisnormative issues and relations to mental health.
Kind also offers programs called Skills for the Revolution, and hosts an inclusive gym space. Skills for the Revolution is one of Kind’s newest grassroots, peer-led programs empowering and equipping LGBTTQIA+ communities with knowledge and experience of fundamental life, advocacy, and community-building skills to deconstruct the oppressive structures which keep us in cycles of shame and conflict with ourselves and each other. The workout and fitness space offered by Kind and Odawa hold a gym for exercise/weight training in a pressure-free environment of body positivity and volunteer support.