What we're about

A free all-encompassing Meetup group for people that identify as LGBTQ2S+ and their allies who like to go out, be entertained and socialize. No more missing out on fun events or interests because you have no-one to go with or you are reluctant to go alone.

All Meetups are organised by a friendly-faced host whose prime responsibility is to ensure all new members are welcomed, introduced to the group and never excluded.
In this age of Instagram and social media, many of us in the queer community might be more shy or socially anxious than we admit, but we are all included in this group. Whether you are single, partnered or polyamorous there is something for everyone! We welcome everyone regardless of where you identify on the LGBTQ2+ spectrum. We want to move past boxes, labels or tribes, and we work for inclusion and respecting preferred pronouns in each group activity.

Whether you are new to Ottawa, or you've been here your entire life, newly out, or newly retired, you are welcome to join us regardless of your social background, income, skin colour, cultural heritage, accessibility requirements, HIV status, size, age, shape or even your eye colour. We make space for anyone who wants to have fun. None of us are equal until ALL of us are equal.

Selfies are fun, but we also believe strongly in disconnecting (at least temporarily!) from our mobile-enabled social networks and reconnecting in a meaningful way through face-to-face socializing instead. After all, we live in a beautiful region of Ottawa-Gatineau which is full of entertainment and community events every night of the week, so let's take advantage of it!

We organize Meetup events of all kinds such as art galleries, cabaret, cinema, comedy, dance, museums, music concerts, spoken word poetry and theatre - as well as bar nights, drag shows and even sex workshops and queer late-night parties!

So, regardless of whether you prefer the library, the bathhouse, a morning walk, or a late-night talk, join us and help make this Meetup group one of the most inclusive for LGBTQ2S+ communities in Ottawa-Gatineau.

It’s so easy, just suggest an activity and share your interests with us!

Some activities might look like any of these:

Saturday: Live indie queer dance party at Bar Robo, a music show at Pressed Café, a concert at the National Arts Centre, a group board games night at a café, a Queer-themed Writers Festival Event, an afternoon of video games at House of Targ or ToTo Too theatre matinee of Avenue Q at the Gladstone Theatre in the afternoon followed by clubbing later at the Lookout.

Monday: A neighbourhood social justice event or Community Gardening, coffee and a local queer history night or checking out new strains in a neighbourhood pot shop and then going for Phó or Shawarma.

Tuesday: MAX Ottawa's art night, catching a movie, finding out how to repair your bike or fixing our computers together, hitting the gym or just watching the local queer softball league.

Wednesday: Yoga on Parliament Hill at noon or book exchange night at someone's house or checking out an early poetry reading in Centretown before hooking up later at Swizzles.

Thursday: A clothes swap or a cooking session together before watching Pu-Paul’s Drag Race downtown, seeing a dance performance or catching a Fringe show at Arts Court.

Friday: Taking advantage of free evening childcare at the new Ottawa Art Gallery to hang out without your kids and see a new exhibition opening or hang out at Jackson Cafe.

Saturday: Brunch and gossip, walking your dogs, a comedy cabaret afternoon at Yuk Yuks followed by a night of Karaoke at Shanghai with China Doll.

Sunday: Cruising a farmer’s market, hiking in Gatineau, hanging out with a picnic in Dundonald park, an author's event at the Manx, a workshop on sex toys at Venus Envy or bowling at Westpark Bowling Lanes

Upcoming events (4+)

Walk-In Counselling Clinic

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The LGBT2SQ+ Walk-In Counselling Clinic is every Wednesday from 12- 8 pm. Strength-based single-session counselling for LGBT2SQ+ adults, families and caregivers are provided by trained counsellors who are part of the LGBT2SQ+ communities themselves.

Free and Confidential. No appointment is necessary. Last appointment take is 6:30 pm. Ask the receptionist for walk-in clinic services

The LGBT2SQ+ clinic is a partnership with the Walk In Counselling Clinic, Jewish Family Services, Centretown CHC, and MAX Ottawa.

OSPN Together Thursday: Baby Zoomers Coffee Club

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Take a break with co-hosts George Hartsgrove and Lyse Cloutier and join us for a sip of coffee (or tea) with your 2SLGBTQ+ friends to chat about topics of interest to you and learn more about resources near you and other on-line programs offered by OSPN. All 50+ queer seniors welcome!

Enter the Zoom chat room using the link above 5-10 minutes before we start.

OSPN Feel Good Friday: Meditation w/Samten

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It's back! Join us for Friday morning meditation to strengthen your mindfulness muscles and cultivate the habit of being here, awake, alive in your life. Each Friday there is a combination of guided and silent meditation, followed by time for comments and questions.

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Presented by Thubten Samten Chödrön. Enter the Zoom chat room using the links below 5-10 minutes before we start.

OSPN: Outdoor Walking Group

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The Walking Group is back!

The Tuesday morning Walking Group for LGBTQ2+ Seniors starts at The Good Companions Senior’s Centre, 670 Albert Street and walk around the neighborhood for about 45 minutes. Dress for the weather, we walk rain or shine.
Parking available. COVID-19 safety protocols in place.
Free to participate. New walkers are always welcome!

Contact Stephane at [masked] or by telephone at[masked]- 0428 ext. 2353 for more info.

Thanks to the City of Ottawa, New Horizons and United Way for funding that makes our online programming events possible.

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