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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 youth outreach initiatives, and peer led discussion/support groups. Peer-led groups Kind runs include: Queer trans youth, Café Q, The Men’s Group, Polybilities, Biamore, Genderquest, etc.. Kind also hosts a variety of social events each month ranging from swim nights to art nights to movie nights as well as events during Pride week.

Kind also offers programs called Skills for the Revolution. One of Kind’s newest grassroots, peer-led programs empowering and equipping 2SLGBTQIA+ 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.

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BiAmore Discussion

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BiAmore aims to create a comfortable space to gather and talk about issues related to being bisexual, pansexual, bi-curious and questioning. BiAmore 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. BiAmore meets every first Thursday and third Monday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Queer Trans Youth Group

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Queer Trans Youth is a peer-led discussion and support group for LGBTTQIA youth, ages 25 and under, in Ottawa. It’s Canada’s longest running group for LGBTTQIA youth and by LGBTTQIA youth: a safe space for young people to come for discussions, understanding, support, and most importantly, fun. What can you expect at QTY? Intros & highs/lows – We begin the night by letting people around the circle know who we are, and if we’re up to it, sharing our highs and lows for the week Main activity – We do something different each week and do our best to post it ahead of time. Follow the Kind Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kindspaceca?fref=ts) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/kindspaceca)! Quiet room – Sometimes we need to talk more about our lows of the week, or we’ve been triggered by an aspect of the activity, or we’re just not feeling all that sociable. The quiet room is available for those times. WHEN: Wednesdays 7:00–9:30 pm WHERE: Kind – 222 Somerset St. W, suite 404 ________ 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. 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.

CAFÉQ – WEEKLY YOUTH DROP-IN

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Every Friday, between 7 and 11 pm, a diverse and dynamic group of youth meet at Kind for an evening of low-pressure hanging out. We supply snacks, coffee, and tea; participants enjoy them during board games, video games, and lounging on couches. The Café is open to youth 13-19. Peer counselling is available at the Café as well as by appointment. Supports from Etc.’s leadership team can provide participants with a confidential listening and non-judgmental ear, share experiences and coping strategies, and offer resources.

∞Polybilities Discussion Group

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An open and welcoming monthly discussion group exploring topics around polyamory, open relationships, and other non-monogamous relationship dynamics. Open to all genders, sexual orientations, and relationship statuses. A safe space where confidentiality is maintained and openness is welcomed. April Topic: What Defines Polyamory? Many people say it’s not all about the sex, but many others argue that that’s the defining line between loving, platonic relationships and poly. So where are the lines? A look at the emotional, romantic, sexual, spiritual, and practical boundaries of poly relationships. http://kindspace.ca/polybilities/ (https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fkindspace.ca%2Fpolybilities%2F&h=ATNc3ntBsukO5-1twLP5ELDjvcvest_DLfkeVjzVTmrdHRuNy6TQ14IYNQuhuvrhgTvWcC8XaXgkFCOcs9Attj5s5CJfm5BA4BJzDoyiOMgPvKJOv8Nx3wVj5YpzhMSKKuM&enc=AZP6asXimmrw_xiQX4ihou_VvLbMWfjJLRUTuGASD9o39zF0H19tJF0wITAl9qULrwU&s=1)

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CAFÉQ – WEEKLY YOUTH DROP-IN

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